The concept of the internship was different in our times. Our seniors were more empathetic and were excellent guides.

These days I feel we have rewritten the definition of an internship. We are asking way too much from these kids: offering them money and expecting them to be more like full-time employees. It does not work like this.

The level of empathy and respect has deteriorated overall. It has become transactional. The fun of building and learning has diluted.

As a leader, if you are on-boarding interns, please be responsible for interns’ success along with the organisation. Treat them well and be a coach.