Internships are a great way to gain valuable experience, learn new skills, network with professionals, and explore different career paths. However, they can also be challenging, stressful, and sometimes boring. That’s why you need some movies to inspire, motivate, and entertain you during your internship journey. Here are 10 must-watch movies for interns, along with the reasons why you need to see them and some of my personal experiences with them.
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This movie is about a man who goes from being homeless to being a successful stockbroker. It shows how he overcomes poverty, discrimination, and adversity, while also raising his son as a single father. This movie is an uplifting and emotional biographical drama that will make you admire the strength and determination of the character of Chris Gardner, the real-life protagonist of the story. It will also show you the value of hard work, perseverance, and optimism. Be moved by the hardships and achievements of the character of Chris Gardner, who started as an intern. Realise the importance of having a vision, a goal, and a plan. Learn that it’s important to be resourceful, flexible, and grateful.
The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is a biographical drama that tells the story of the creation of Facebook, one of the most influential social media platforms in history. The movie focuses on the relationship between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the founder of Facebook, and his friends and partners who helped him build the website. The movie also depicts the legal battles that Zuckerberg faced from his former colleagues who claimed that he stole their idea. The Social Network is a fascinating and captivating movie that explores the themes of innovation, ambition, friendship, and betrayal.
3 Idiots (2009)
This movie is about three friends who study engineering at one of the best colleges in India. It shows how they deal with the academic pressure, social expectations, and personal issues, while also following their dreams and passions. This movie is a hilarious and touching comedy-drama that will make you laugh out loud, cry your eyes out, and feel inspired by the power of friendship. It will also show you the realities and struggles of pursuing higher education in India.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
This movie is about a man who becomes a wealthy and notorious stockbroker by engaging in fraud, corruption, and excess. It shows how he rises from being an intern to being the leader of his own firm, while also facing the consequences of his actions from the law, his family, and his enemies. This movie is a thrilling and scandalous biographical drama that will make you gasp, shock, and awe at the character of Jordan Belfort, the real-life antagonist of the story. It will also show you the dark side of the financial industry, and how to be a master of persuasion, manipulation, and greed.
The Internship (2013)
This movie is about two middle-aged men who lose their jobs as salesmen and apply for an internship at Google. It shows how they compete with a group of young and talented interns for a chance to work at one of the most prestigious and innovative companies in the world. This movie is a hilarious and inspiring comedy that will make you laugh at the antics and adventures of the characters of Billy and Nick, who are clueless but enthusiastic interns. It will also show you the culture and perks of working at Google, and how to use technology and teamwork to solve problems.
Wake Up Sid (2009)
In this Indian coming-of-age film, Sid Mehra’s journey of self-discovery unfolds as he navigates the challenges of adulthood. As interns explore their own paths, Wake Up Sid encourages them to discover their passions and interests, and to take charge of their personal and professional growth. The film emphasises the importance of finding one’s true calling and being open to new experiences.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
This movie is about a young man who graduates from college with low marks and joins a sales company as an intern. It shows how he faces the challenges and corruption of the corporate world, while also creating his own ethical and innovative business venture. This movie is a smart and funny comedy-drama that will make you cheer for the character of Harpreet Singh, who is a sincere and ambitious salesman. It will also show you the skills and strategies of sales and marketing, and how to be an entrepreneur.
The Intern (2015)
This movie is about a 70-year-old widower who becomes an intern at an online fashion company run by a young and successful woman. It shows how he adapts to the modern work environment, builds a friendship with his boss, and shares his wisdom and experience with his fellow interns. This movie is a heartwarming comedy that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the value of intergenerational mentorship. It will also remind you that age is just a number, and you can always learn something new and make a difference.
Into the Wild (2007)
Hold onto your backpacks, fellow interns, because we’re about to venture into the wild with a movie that offers a different kind of internship – an internship with life itself. Into the Wild is an essential addition to our list for its profound themes of self-discovery, freedom, and the pursuit of one’s true calling. Based on a true story, Into the Wild follows the journey of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who decides to ditch his conventional life, donated savings, and hit the road to seek a deeper connection with nature and the essence of human existence. His journey takes him through breathtaking landscapes, unexpected encounters, and moments of self-realisation that challenge the norms of society. Into the Wild offers interns a powerful narrative that prompts reflection on their own aspirations and the significance of their internship experiences. It serves as a reminder that the journey itself is as important as the destination, and the pursuit of authenticity is a quest that knows no boundaries.
The Office (U.S. TV Series, 2005-2013)
While not a movie, The Office is a must-mention for any list about workplace hilarity. Follow the everyday chaos and quirks of Dunder Mifflin’s employees as they navigate the ups and downs of office life. From awkward meetings to “beets, bears, Battlestar Galactica,” this show provides interns with a hilarious and relatable glimpse into the world of 9-to-5 shenanigans.
These movies will teach a lot about work, life, and myself. They have also made many laugh, cry, and sing along. Hope they do the same for you. Happy watching!