If your office is beginning virtual internships, plan some fun team building activities to welcome your new faces aboard! Read on for Confetti's virtual internship ideas that you can use to introduce your interns and create a successful internship program for the whole team.
Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain practical experience in their field of study, and for companies to identify potential future employees. However, it's not uncommon for companies to treat their interns as low-priority, entry-level employees, and fail to give them the same level of care and attention as they would to full-time staff, which can be a big mistake.
Here are some reasons why you should welcome your interns with the same level of care that you would a full-time employee:
While welcoming interns is essential, the process may seem like a difficult task. You may worry about your ability to pull it off, especially when you're facilitating a virtual internship program. It's important to create opportunities for remote interns to connect with other team members and participate in company culture, such as virtual team building activities or social events. By taking these steps, companies can welcome and support remote interns, and help them to have a positive and valuable experience.
Here are the top two events to welcome new faces to your internship programs:
All your favorite Confetti games in one virtual game night; did we hear someone say less is more?
Participants will be categorized into four teams, with each team having a Team HQ breakout room. Each breakout room will play Jeoparty, Coworker Feud, and Taboo simultaneously while swapping in and out of the rooms to play different games. Every participant earns points for their team, and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.
How to get started 👉 Dive in with your team to Game Night on Confetti for an exhilarating adventure.
With Plug and Play Mixer, you’re about to witness amazing bonds being created!
A virtual host comes on board to oversee a series of fun getting-to-know-you games that get your interns talking on a personal level. For a more effective bonding process, interns will move around breakout rooms and be paired with different participants to answer personal and group-share prompts. This experience gets the whole team interacting with Zoom technology, as well as each other, for some interactive fun!
How to get started 👉 Mix and mingle in our Plug and Play Mixer!
There's no more lively way to say "great to have you on board" than with one of our fantastic drag queen hosts.
The whole team will enjoy a live game of virtual bingo and get to enjoy stellar performances from our drag queen bingo host. The game and performance include three rounds of bingo, a delightful drag show, amusing commentary, and plenty of laughs.
How to get started 👉 Hop onto the video call for a game and a show in Drag Queen Bingo.
Enjoy some quizzes for brainy team bonding.
Our Trivia Games consist of four trivia rounds and a live quiz host with unbeatable energy. Categories include pop culture, sports, history, and more — but you can also build your own Trivia experience in Custom Trivia!
How to get started 👉 Let's see how brainy your team is with a Virtual Trivia Party!
What better way for interns to visualize and manifest their dreams than with a Vision Board Workshop?
A live facilitator will lead the team through imaginative goal-setting and graphic representation sessions. The first session comprises guided meditation, reflection, and journaling to broaden their perspectives. In the second half, the participants will represent their goals graphically and share their vision boards.
How to get started 👉 Visit the Vision Board Workshop to get started goal-setting.
Where are the foodies at? This is one exciting happy hour for you. 🍕
Participants get to choose their preferred meals via a secret promo code. Then, since the group doesn't have to worry about making lunch, everyone can hop into a call and enjoy a laid-back team bonding lunch!
How to get started 👉 Grab your plates and glide gracefully to a Lunch Party with Confetti.
In Guess Who, your interns will get to know each other in a fun and personal way.
Before the virtual event, you'll collect facts and photos from the participants via a submission form. At the event, your game host will display an interactive slideshow of the pictures and facts, and everyone will have to guess what fact belongs to whom.
How to get started 👉 Get to know each other in a rousing game of Guess Who!
In Two Truths and a Lie, participants will have to hone their communication and listening skills to decide where their colleagues are lying. This game is a fun get-to-know-you icebreaker game that also helps interns reflect on their own experiences, values, and interests, and share them with others. This helps foster a sense of authenticity and vulnerability among interns, helping them connect on a deeper level and build trust with each other.
How to get started 👉 Get to know your team in Two Truths and a Lie!
Throw a welcome event that puts some pep in your interns' steps!
Culture Club: Self-Doubt to Confidence" is an interactive workshop that gives interns valuable opportunities for self-reflection, team-building, and adventure scenarios, to help them build their confidence, overcome self-doubt, and better succeed in their roles. By promoting a positive and inclusive team culture and equipping interns with tools to boost their confidence, you are setting them up for success not only during their internship but also in their future careers.
How to get started 👉 Give your interns a boost in Culture Club: Self Doubt to Self Confidence!
Designating an employee mentor for each intern can help virtual interns build their professional network and learn from experienced professionals within the company. By working closely with a mentor, interns can gain insights into the company culture, learn about different career paths, and receive more direct feedback on their work.
In addition to supporting professional development, employee mentors provide emotional and psychological support to interns, which boosts morale and makes them more receptive to your organization's work culture. This guidance and support can be especially important when working remotely, by being there to answer their questions and provide advice on how to succeed in their role despite not being with the team in person.
Show your interns you're glad to have you on the team with an employee appreciation gift! It's one of the best ways to get them excited and feel included in a short time. Sending a gift shows that your company sees, values, and appreciates its interns, which can help to create a positive and inclusive culture. By demonstrating that interns are an important part of the team, you can help to build a sense of belonging and foster engagement among interns.
How to get started 👉 Bring a smile to your interns' faces with a surprise from our Gifting & Swag collection!
Check-ins allow you to provide regular feedback and support to your interns, which can help them to learn and grow in their roles. By providing constructive feedback, you can help your interns to improve their skills and identify areas for development, which can benefit them in their future careers.
Also, check-ins allow you to monitor your intern's progress and ensure that they are meeting the goals and objectives of their internship program. By tracking their progress, you can identify any issues or concerns early on and take action to address them, as well as assess your internship experience for future participants.
Mixers can provide your interns with valuable opportunities to network, learn from experienced professionals, and gain insights into the company culture and work environment. These interactions can also help interns to build confidence and increase their sense of belonging and inclusion within the organization.
If you want to ask your interns to "be part of our team," you've got to do it nicely. Luckily for you, our virtual events for welcoming interns will get you on the right track.