The Intern and Creative Employment

by Edward Henkler on December 1, 2015

Senior intern program just might be a brilliant idea!

Have you seen The Intern? It’s a wonderfully enjoyable movie featuring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. Quoting from the movie site:

Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.

Aside from the pure entertainment value, I really enjoyed the real life possibilities of becoming an intern in my retirement years. The concept links well with creative employment and might ensure a mentally healthier retirement. As long time readers are probably aware, I have been working with a number of young companies that are developing enabling technology for people who are blind. I am becoming increasingly excited by the possibilities represented by one of the companies. COSY is a UPenn spin-off that will soon launch an app that is like GPS for an indoor environment. Armed with the COSY tech someone who is blind will be able to independently navigate [click to continue…]

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