Case Analysis: Shawn Levy's The Internship

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Introduction:

Shawn Levy’s The Internship focuses on two main characters, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson). These two ‘old school’ salesmen have just lost their careers, the selling of watches, due to the new, modern digital world. In an attempt to prove that they are not outdated, they seek a job at Google; the world’s largest search engine. Here at their internship at Google they must compete with a group of the world’s most elite, technologically advanced geniuses, otherwise known as ‘Nooglers’, in order to prove their worth in the new world.

Nick and Billy team up with a rather diverse bunch of students. Lyle (Josh Brener), Stuart (Dylan O’Brien), Neha (Tiya Sircar) and Yo-Yo Santos (Tobit Raphael). This team possesses several
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However, with this comes the fact that, due to human nature, conflict is bound to arise, thus it is important for people to know how to deal with it in an effective manner. Conflict is seen as a disagreement through which the parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. Conflict is categorized into two headings; Functional and Dysfunctional Conflict. Functional Conflict is a non-aggressive form which stimulates creativity and allows ideas to flow whereas Dysfunctional Conflict is an aggressive type of disagreement where people refuse to work it out. All types of conflict come with both their own advantages and disadvantages.

There are multiple reasons for conflict that can all be seen in The Internship. Inclusivity and Cultural Diversity (Billy and Nick being excluded and judged for their background and age) or Lack of, or Poor Communication (the team initially not getting along and not sorting out their differences) leading to Personalities and Emotions (the team all being extremely different with Nick and Billy’s overly happy, encouraging attitude opposed to Lyle’s nerdy insecure ways, Yo-Yo’s anxieties and Stuart’s general

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