As Your Internship Ends…

As the semester comes to a close, it’s time for those of you with a fall internship to start thinking about how to leave a lasting impression on the company or organization you’re interning for. Regardless of whether or not you’re interested in pursuing a career in the same field, the people you met are now part of your professional network and can serve as useful resources in your future.  Here are a few tips about how to leave a positive lasting impression.

1 Keep up the energy until the last day. You have spent all semester building up your reputation; keep up the hard work until the day you leave so everyone will remember you as a valuable intern.

2 Ask your supervisor and other individuals you connected with for advice and feedback. The people you have been working with all semester now have a holistic view of who you are as an intern, especially in terms of how you behave in a work environment. Ask them to tell you what they saw as your greatest strengths and weaknesses throughout the duration of your internship and ask for examples. If you receive positive feedback from a certain individual, you can also ask them to write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn or serve as a reference for you in the future.

3 Help transition tasks to a new intern. It can be difficult for a new intern to join a team and pick up where their predecessor left off. Don’t let this happen to your successor! Create transition notes for the next intern and meet with them if at all possible to help make their transition smoother. Not only will you be helping them out, but you will also be showing your supervisor and others at the company or organization your initiative.

4 Update your résumé. Make a list of all the accomplishments you achieved throughout your internship and add them to your résumé. It’s important to do so before your internship ends to make sure you don’t forget any. You can also ask your supervisor or another trusted employee to take a look at what you have on your résumé for this particular internship to see what they think. Check with them to make sure you worded the project correctly and accurately represented what you were trying to do/your role.

5 Plan for the future and stay in touch. Now that this internship is over, what’s your next move? Use the advice and feedback you receive from your supervisor and other individuals you connected with to determine the next opportunity you want to pursue. It can also be helpful to look at your résumé and identify gaps in your skillset or experience that you would like to fill. Also, to keep the relationships strong after you leave this internship, be sure to make a conscientious effort to connect with your supervisors and co-workers in the coming months. Share good news and ask about their well-being, projects, etc. Make staying in touch a priority.