team building

When you’re welcoming new interns into your organization, one of the most important things is ensuring they’re comfortable, confident, and able to contribute to the success of your organization—and intern team building activities are a great way to do that.
Do you remember your first internship? Fresh out of school, ready to start your professional career, and… feeling incredibly nervous and shy. It’s completely natural for interns to feel that way, and this illustrates why intern team building activities are such a pivotal exercise when welcoming new recruits into their work placements.

And the investment into doing so is especially worthwhile when you consider that:

Internships are a great opportunity for new professionals to get valuable work experience and develop their skills and aptitude
Nearly 75% of organizations go on to offer their interns full-time jobs
When the odds are in favor of your interns joining your organization in the long term, it’s worth putting forward the time, effort, and resources to get them properly engrained in your business and team early on.

So, we’ve compiled nine intern team building activities to help get your new staff ingrained in your business.

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Host a Scavenger Hunt
Tee Up Welcome Meetings with Team Members
Play Some Icebreaker Games
Host a Show and Tell
Have a Trivia Party
Host a Welcome Lunch
Sharpen Problem-Solving Skills
Host a Welcome Happy Hour
Do Something Charitable
Host a Scavenger Hunt
For interns, their first time in a new office is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. And sometimes, the key to getting comfortable and becoming better acquainted with their colleagues is to relieve that tension by getting out of the office.

Enter: the scavenger hunt team building activity.

Intended to get people outdoors, exploring, collaborating, and having fun together, scavenger hunts make for incredible intern team building activities because they allow for socialization in a low-pressure scenario.

Wild Goose Chase

A group of interns playing wild goose chase scavenger hunt intern team building activity
In this scavenger hunt activity, your team can get out of the office and explore your city in a whole new way. Together, your team will need to think outside the box, bond as a group, and venture outside into the community in order to complete a series of fun and unique photo and video challenges.

You’ll need to tackle a list of challenges, including:

Snap a photo of your team standing next to a large public clock that reads EXACTLY 22 minutes past the hour
Search for a business that is open 24 hours 7 days a week and snap a photo of a team member with the sign showing the business’ hours
Snap a photo of a teammate next to a vehicle that has an “antique” or “collectible” license plate
Head to a nearby playground and take a photo of your entire team balanced on a seesaw. Here’s the catch: everyone’s feet must be off the ground while balanced!
Find a hopscotch course or use a piece of chalk to create your own on a sidewalk. Record a 5-second video of a teammate hopping and completing it
Stage a martial arts battle with another team in a nearby park. Record a 5-second video of both teams facing each other (with plenty of space between you) and doing the famous crane kick
The team with the most points when time runs out will be named the winners!

This activity is available in the following formats:

Hosted: Completely turnkey, you’ll have a live host who coordinates all logistics and runs the event from start to finish.
Remote-Hosted: When you don’t need an in-person host at the event, you can have a virtual host who will kick off your event, make sure everything is running smoothly, be available for troubleshooting and questions, and then wrap things up for you.
Self-Hosted: Rather than having a host, our team will give you detailed instructions on everything you need to successfully set up and run the event as well as access to Outback’s proprietary app.
So, you can do your team building activity in the format that works best for you.

Alphabet Hunt
With this scavenger hunt activity for work, you won’t even need to create a list of items for your team to find. You simply need to set them loose and ask them to take a photo of a place, object, or person for each letter of the alphabet.

For instance, their B photo might be a bridge, and their T photo might be a train.

This scavenger hunt is fun because it’s extremely open-ended and you can compare photos when your colleagues regroup at the end.

But it also gets interesting because some letters—like X and Z—are more challenging to work with than others.

City Chase
a group of colleagues playing a city chase scavenger hunt intern team building activity
Much like Wild Goose Chase, this scavenger hunt team building activity will have you embark on the ultimate urban adventure with your colleagues.

This entire activity is centered around city-themed challenges that will get you out and enjoying your neck of the woods from a whole new perspective. It’s also a great option for teams who are out of town for conferences, annual retreats, or multi-day meetings.

For even more options, check out our comprehensive list of scavenger hunt team building activity ideas your group will love.

Tee Up Welcome Meetings with Team Members

Don’t just leave bond building to chance. Treat welcome meetings as a form of intern team building activity and take initiative to set up get-togethers with interns and key team members.

This could include:

The HR department
Direct managers
Other interns
Other teammates
Setting up welcome meetings on behalf of interns will make it much more comfortable for them to get to know people better—in turn allowing them to be more confident in their work.

If you’re interested in learning other great ways to welcome interns into your organization, check out our new hire checklist for successful employee onboarding.

Play Some Icebreaker Games

Three interns taking part in icebreaker games together
Getting acquainted doesn’t have to be a serious undertaking. In fact, it can actually be all fun and games—and that’s where icebreaker games come into play.

Whether you’re hosting an intern onboarding meeting, starting out a full-team staff meeting, or simply want to take a few minutes to help people get to know each other, getting social and sharing some laughs are a great way to help people get to know each other.

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