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in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
variants or less commonly interne
: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)
internship noun


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verb (1)

in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
interned; interning; interns

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern


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verb (2)

interned; interning; interns

transitive verb

: to confine or impound especially during a war
intern enemy aliens
internee noun


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variants or interne

Example Sentences

Noun After medical school, he worked as an intern at the university hospital.
Recent Examples on the Web
According to the report, Fang interacted with Swalwell a number of times over several years and placed an intern in the Congressman's office. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2023 Howell, 52, originally from Virginia and an intern for then-Gov. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 While Noma started paying its interns in October, the New York Times told the story of an intern who flew to Copenhagen in 2017 to work at the famed restaurant for three months with no pay. Richard Galant, CNN, 15 Jan. 2023 David Bynum, a Bakersfield lawyer and former intern for McCarthy, said most local conservatives are excited to have one of Kern County’s own as speaker. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2023 And in place of financial compensation for the intern’s work? Genevieve Yam, Bon Appétit, 13 Jan. 2023 For example, Goldman’s 2022 intern program—some 3,500 positions, on-site five days a week—attracted 236,000 applications, the firm says, an all-time high. Bygeoff Colvin, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2023 After all, candidates and management now have the same intern. Abc News, ABC News, 13 Jan. 2023 The 24-year-old started working on Sojo full-time straight after graduating from university—her only previous jobs being as a waitress and as a summer intern at second-hand clothing exchange Depop. WIRED, 12 Jan. 2023
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to intern at Fendi and trying at least three times to start his own fashion line. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2022 After getting his bachelors in civil engineering and his master’s in architecture, which requires great amounts of vision and imagination, Abloh went on to intern at Fendi, to soon move on to building his own creative experiment Pyrex Vision. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 28 Nov. 2022 Are Alex and Izzie's kids grown enough to intern yet? Lincee Ray,, 7 Oct. 2022 The designer would go on to intern at the fashion houses of Guy Laroche and Givenchy before launching his eponymous line in 1970. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 2022 My Way program — gifting every staffer and intern $400 cash bonuses three times a year. Diane Herbst, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 The students intern under a master teacher during their senior year. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 9 Aug. 2022 The change came soon after Paul successfully negotiated a deal for high school prospect Darius Bazley to intern for New Balance rather than play college basketball for Syracuse University. Gabrielle Chung, Peoplemag, 6 Aug. 2022 Chicago native Imani Muse returned from her first year at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to intern at My Block, My Hood, My City and assist the teens with public speaking. Tatyana Turner, Chicago Tribune, 23 July 2022 See More

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Word History



French interne, from interne, adjective


Middle French interne, from Latin internus

First Known Use


circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1866, in the meaning defined above


circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Intern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 verb
: to confine especially during a war
interned enemy aliens


2 of 3 noun
variants also interne
: an advanced student or graduate in a special field (as medicine or teaching) who is gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)


3 of 3 verb
in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
: to work as an intern

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
variants also interne
: a physician gaining supervised practical experience in a hospital after graduating from medical school

called also houseman


2 of 2 intransitive verb
in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
: to act as an intern

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