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10+ Virtual Events to Welcome Interns

So, your office's got new interns, and you wish to make an unforgettable first impression? Then, come right this way; we've got creative and fun ideas for virtual welcoming events lined up for you.

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Why you should welcome interns like new employees 🤝

"But they're just interns; why do I have to organize a welcome event as though they were permanent employees?" you may ask. As always, we're willing to answer your question:

  • A welcome event makes the interns feel valued and propels them to contribute meaningfully to your organization's growth
  • It gives interns a positive perception of your company and affects  the internship program's outlook 
  • Interns may become your work partners in the future; it's best to start showing them the best of your work culture now, beginning with a welcome event
  • It integrates them into the workflow in a more accessible way
  • An excellent onboarding process will boost your company's image and help to build your brand 
  • It's a creative way to introduce interns to what your organization is all about 

How do you welcome new interns virtually?

While welcoming interns is essential, the process may seem like a difficult task. You may worry about your ability to pull it off, especially as the internship program may be virtual or hybrid. But the good news is that it's much easier and more fun than you can imagine, as you'll soon find out.

TL;DR — Top 2 experiences to welcome new interns 

Here are the top two best ways to welcome interns to your team:

1. Best way to mix full-time employees & new Interns: Game Night 🎯 

Best Employee Mixer: Game Night

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.

2. Best way for interns to bond: Ice Shaker 🧊 

Best Intern Bonding: Ice Shaker

With Ice Shaker, you’re about to witness amazing bonds being created!

A virtual host comes on board to oversee a series of fun icebreaker questions that get your interns talking on a personal level. For a more effective bonding process, interns will form teams of ten individuals and play the games in separate breakout rooms. You can customize Ice Shaker to suit your interns' and the organization's unique needs or preferences.

How to get started 👉 In the mood to break the ice? Head on over to Ice Shaker to see how.

7 more virtual experiences to include in your internship program

Are you excited about our choicest ideas for welcoming new interns to your organization? There's more where that came from. 😉

1. Drag Queen Bingo 👸 

#1 Drag Queen Bingo

There's no more exciting way to say "great to have you on board" than with our fantastic drag queen.

The team participates in a live game of bingo via a video call. They also get to enjoy stellar performances from our drag queen. The game and performance include three rounds of bingo, a delightful drag show, and an amusing hostess commentary.

How to get started 👉 Hop into the video call now at Drag Queen Bingo.

2. Virtual Trivia Party 🎉 

#2 Classic Trivia

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 you are as you navigate your way to the most exciting Virtual Trivia Party on Confetti.

3. Vision Board Workshop 🔧

#3 BYO Vision Board Workshop

What better way to visualize and manifest your dreams than with a Vision Board Workshop?

A live facilitator will lead the team through imaginative goal-setting and a 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 the best of team bonding and goal-setting already.

4. Lunch Party 🍜

#4 Lunch Party

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 they get to choose to hop on a virtual video lunch for some fun time as they munch.

How to get started 👉 Grab your plates and glide gracefully to the Lunch Party on Confetti. 

5. Guess Who... 🤔

#5 Guess Who...

Get to know each other in the most fun and casual way ever.

Before the virtual meet, you'll collect facts and photos from the participants via a submission form. At the event, a humorous host will display the facts, and everyone will guess what fact belongs to whom.

How to get started 👉 Guess who is about to have the most thrilling team bonding experience as they hop on to Confetti?

6. Jeoparty 💃🕺

#6 Virtual Jeoparty

Time to put the party in JeoPARTY.

Join an upbeat game host in this digital spin on the classic Jeopardy game show! Your team will compete to provide the questions to the answer your host provides. For example, if the answer presented is: “A student or trainee who works to gain valuable work experience,” the player would respond with “What is an intern?”

How to get started 👉 Show everyone the stuff you're made of by jumping on the brain train to Jeoparty!

7. Coworker Feud 😊

#7 Coworker Feud

Get your buzzer fingers ready, folks!

Teams will compete against one another in Confetti’s take on the Family Feud game show. Here, teams strive to get the five most popular answers to an assortment of fun survey questions. The team with the highest points wins! 

How to get started 👉 March on to Coworker Feud only if you're ready to put up a good fight.

5 bonus ways to make interns part of your company culture

Are you pondering how to welcome an intern in a way that introduces them to your company values? These tips will help:

1. Ask full-time employees to mentor interns

Interns will learn more about your organization's work ethics through mentorship by full-time employees. The mentors can advise them on how to navigate specific situations.

Apart from aiding their professional development, full-time employee mentors also provide emotional and psychological support to interns. This boosts their morale and makes them more receptive to your organization's work culture.

2. Send them a company swag bag & other goodies

Tell your interns "glad to have you on the team" with company swag packs! It's one of the best ways to get them excited and feel included in a short time.

We've listed some exciting swag pack ideas for your interns below:

  • Branded coffee mugs
  • Tote bags
  • Tumblers
  • Customized t-shirts 
  • Notebooks 
  • Backpacks 
  • Pairs of blue light glasses 
  • Customized pens 
  • Stickers/sticky notes
  • Desk organizers
  • A pair of branded socks 
  • Customized pillows

You can also add on any of our amazing Goodies to their intern event!

3. Regularly offer check-ins throughout the internship

Checking in on your interns at regular intervals is another way to say welcome aboard the team. You'll get to know their progress and make your interns feel loved and included. This is also an opportunity to understand their challenges and help your interns navigate through them. 

4. Encourage mixers between employees and interns

Encouraging your full-time employees to interact with interns gives similar benefits as mentorship — only in a more fun way. You can start by formally introducing employees and interns and including them in meetings.  

People thrive better in the work environment when you facilitate positive relationships between interns and permanent staff. Again, these warm friendships can help them to perform better and stay motivated.

5. Keep them in the loop on company updates 

Let your interns in on your company's progress from time to time. This helps them grow professionally and feel valued. You may also learn one or two problem-solving tips or ideas from them in the process.

Here's to Making Internships Fun and Impactful 🥂

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.

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