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It’s National Intern Day — Celebrate Interns Across The Country

“#NationalInternDay cannot. believe. that. is. a. thing. *exit stage left*.” – Monica Lewinsky

Danielle Germain

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Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern in the 1990s, infamously known for her affair with then President Bill Clinton, had some thoughts about National Intern Day.

Making jokes at her own expense, Lewinsky tweeted “#NationalInternDay cannot. believe. that. is. a thing. *exit stage left*.”

National Intern Day, created by WayUp, is a day to encourage employers to celebrate and empower interns all across America. It’s also a time to recognizes that interns, spending the same amount of hours as full time employees, are still not always being paid for their hard work and meaningful contributions to the workplace — for months at a time.

Internships are an essential step for young professionals, to help jump start their careers in their respective industries. WayUP encourages companies nationwide to host a special celebration for your interns and post on social media using the hashtag #NationalInternDay.

In most cases, unpaid internships favor affluent students. Without offering pay, or at least a stipend to cover travel and food — you’re putting students, of underprivileged backgrounds at a significant loss, robbing them of opportunities to further their growth because they can’t afford to advance on their own.

It goes without saying; but employers — show your interns a lot of extra love today! Interns, continue to push forward and make your mark. You never know who is looking up to you, and the path that you could help pave for someone coming after you. Your work does not go unnoticed.

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Danielle Germain (she/her/hers) is originally from Long Island, New York. She is a rising junior at The American University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and minoring in Political Science. She partakes in various activities on campus. Danielle is a Teacher's Assistant, the Vice President of Programming for Caribbean Circle, The Social Media Director and Web Manager for The Blackprint, Programming Coordinator for Founder's Week Committee, Senior Communications Strategist for AUSG Center for Advocacy and Student Equity or CASE, Secretary of the Junior Class Council and a Club Consultant for American University Club Council. After learning more about herself freshman year, Danielle became deeply interested in pushing diversity and inclusion forward. Since then, Danielle has started The Purpose, a bible study for students of color at AU. By creating a safe space on campus, she hopes that the voices of those who feel underrepresented are heard and also valued. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to brunch and watching Gossip Girl. This past summer, Danielle served as the Corporate Communications Intern for Macy's Inc. Danielle has a passion for politics and a love for writing, and one day hopes to become a political commentator for CNN. She can be reached at dg0060a@student.american.edu.

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