Nailed it 5 ways to finish your internship strong
You did it! You made it to the final week of your summer internship--a last taste of professional life before you head back to your beautiful, tree-lined campus.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Nailed It: 5 Ways to Finish Your
You did it! You made it to the final week of your summer internship--a
last taste of professional life before you head back to your beautiful,
Maybe your experience was flawless, above and beyond what you
expected. You edited articles side-by-side with the lead copy editor, had
engaging conversations over coffee with a senior partner or you
analyzed results with the lab director. Or, maybe your experience was
less than expected. You made photocopies for the lead copy editor,
fetched coffee for a senior partner or organized a spreadsheet for the lab
director. Whether your experience was great, less than great or
somewhere in between, you've got one last chance to nail it this summer.
Here are my 5 tips for finishing an internship strong:
1. List It Out
Take 15 minutes and write down the good, the bad and the ugly. What
did you love about your internship, and what did you hate? What has this
internship taught you about your own workplace values? If you loved
the open floor plan or the casual work attire, write it down. Take note of
the positive and negative, and the strengths and weaknesses you've
identified in yourself. It might seem insignificant, but all of these details
add up to one big, important fact: what makes you happy at work?
2. Talk It Over
Make a point of sitting down with your supervisor one last time. This
conversation can be as formal or as informal as your relationship
dictates, but be sure to cover a couple of important bases. Inform your
supervisor about your progress toward established goals and projects. If
it's appropriate, bring a complete list of the tasks you've accomplished
and the projects that are still incomplete. It's helpful for supervisors to
get a complete lay of the land before you leave.
Most importantly, make sure you have an opportunity to share feedback.
Ask your supervisor what you did well and how you can improve. This
summer, my supervisor asked me to think about five things I learned;
three things I wish I had done; and two challenges for my exit interview.
This is a great framework to use, because it can help you put your entire
experience in context, and it might help in your next interview. It's also
valuable for your employer, because your feedback will help them shape
future internship experiences. At the end of the day, great organizations
want happy employees. If your input can help make future interns and
employees happier, that's good for everyone.
3. Stay Connected
Social-networking sites make it easy to maintain the important
relationships you worked hard to establish. Use your well-maintained
LinkedIn profile to highlight the cool projects that you've taken on since
leaving your internship. Shoot your supervisor an occasional email or
respond to a co-worker's tweet. The world is a small place, and you
never know how your connections will help you in the future.
4. Update Your Resume
You've worked hard this summer. You did some cool stuff and you got
professional experience. Take a few minutes and write out a short
description of your experience. Share it with your supervisor and get
their feedback. They know exactly what other hiring managers might be
looking for on a resume. Plus, it's important for your supervisor to have
a clear sense of what you did this summer; they might be an important
reference in the future.
Writing samples, presentations or other examples of your work from this
summer will look great on your resume or LinkedIn profile. But, before
you copy those projects to your desktop, make sure you ask for
permission. Your company may not want those materials floating around
the Internet, but they may be all right if you distribute them on request.
5. Say Thanks
It's a no-brainer. No matter what, you're walking away from this
internship with a better sense of your next steps. Whether it affirmed
your career interests or pointed you in another direction, be sure to thank
your co-workers and supervisor for your experience this summer. Invite
them to one last lunch, coffee or happy hour. Write a note expressing
your appreciation. Now you can clean off your desk with a clear head
and sense of accomplishment. Nailed it.
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