Definition of intern noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    noun (also interne)
    BrE BrE//ˈɪntɜːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɜːrn//
    (North American English) Job interviews, Medical staff, Hospitals
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  1. 1 an advanced student of medicine, whose training is nearly finished and who is working in a hospital to get further practical experience Interns and residents at the hospital are working 12-hour shifts. compare house officer See related entries: Medical staff, Hospitals
  2. 2a student or new graduate who is getting practical experience in a job, for example during the summer holiday/vacation a summer intern at a law firm Wordfinderapprentice, certificate, coaching, college, course, intern, probation, qualify, training, work experience See related entries: Job interviews
  3. see also internship
    Word Originearly 16th cent. (as an adjective in the sense ‘internal’): from French interne (adjective), interner (verb), from Latin internus ‘inward, internal’. Current senses date from the 19th cent.Extra examples He began work at the White House as an unpaid intern. Microsoft came to Harvard Business School to recruit summer interns. She hired an intern when she had too much work to handle herself. Interns in hospitals learn how to act professionally in the most dire emergencies.
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