Ben Whittaker, played by Robert De Niro, is a 70 year-old widower who has become bored with his everyday routine and is looking for something to keep him occupied. He applies for a senior intern program with an e-commerce startup known as “About The Fit.” Ben Whittaker gets the internship and is assigned to be an assistant to Jules, played by Anne Hathaway, who is the CEO of the company.
Jules, who hired a senior intern solely to comply with regulations, is skeptical about Ben and doesn’t really give him anything to do. However, Ben earns the respect of his colleagues and takes it upon him self to help anyone in anyway he can. Ben slowly begins to earn the trust and respect of Jules, who is delighted when Ben cleans up a big mess in the office.
The rest of the plot revolves around Jules’ life at home and the decision of if she should turn over the company to a new CEO in order to spend more time with her family at home. In addition, Ben is falling for the office masseuse, Fiona. Ben and Jules grow closer throughout the movie, and Ben helps her with some of the tough decisions that she is facing. Eventually, Jules decides against turning the CEO position over to someone else after Ben reminds her who started the company and who is most passionate about it succeeding.
The Intern shows the tech-based and fast-paced work environment of a startup. The movie also shows the difference in work environments from the past. For instance, Ben continues to wear a suit, use an old calculator and note pad, and calls his superiors “boss,” while other interns and employees dress casual and use their technology constantly. However, The Intern also shows that some business values don’t go out of style. For example, establishing relationships with colleagues and taking initiative to get things done will build your trust around the office.