a. A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training.
b. A physician who has recently graduated from medical school and is learning medical practice in a hospital under supervision, prior to beginning a residency program.
- One who is interned; an internee.
verbin·terned, in·tern·ing, in·terns
To train or serve as an intern.
To confine, especially in wartime.
Origin of intern
French interne from
Latin internus internal
; see internal
- A person who is interned, forceably or voluntarily.
(third-person singular simple present interns, present participle interning, simple past and past participle interned)
- To imprison somebody, usually without trial.
- The US government interned thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
- (of a state, especially a neutral state) To confine or hold (foreign military personnel who stray into the state's territory) within prescribed limits during wartime.
- The Swiss government interned the Italian soldiers who had strayed onto Swiss territory.
- (computing) To internalize.
- (intransitive) To work as an intern. Usually with little or no pay or other legal prerogatives of employment, for the purpose of furthering a program of education.
- I'll be interning at Universal Studios this summer.
(comparative more intern, superlative most intern)
- (archaic) Internal.
From French interner, from interne (“inner, internal”), from Latin internus (“within, internal”), compare Etymology 2
- A student or recent graduate who works in order to gain experience in their chosen field
- A medical student or recent graduate working in a hospital as a final part of medical training
From French interne 'inner, internal', from Latin internus "within, internal", from inter "between"; compare etymology 1