An internship is a great way to learn more about the industry you plan to get involved in and gain the experience necessary to help you with your career. When it ends, it is important to leave on a good note and make it an opportunity to land a job or a referral in the company. But, how can you do that?
Here are tips on how to end your internship on a positive note and benefit you in the future:
Keep Doing Your Best Work
As each day of your internship passes, your excitement levels go down, and your performance may also decrease. But, if you can keep your enthusiasm high and deliver a good job, it will leave a good impression on your coworkers, and you will be able to leave without any regrets, knowing that you have contributed your best in a short period.
Help With The Transition Process For The Next Intern
Even if you are ending your internship, you may only have time to complete part of the assignment, and it has to be completed by another intern or someone in the office. Make it easier for them to transition to the jobs you have to leave behind by trying to finish as much as you can and leaving a report for their references.
Always Say Thank You
Some people find it hard to do, but saying thank you can create a good impression. Let the boss know that you are thankful for the experience and thank your coworkers for making the experience rewarding. Personalise your thank you letters to make them more memorable.
Reflect On The Experience
Since these internships are meant to be a learning experience, you should take the time to look back into the experience and see what you have learned. Write it down and speak to your colleagues if there is anything you forgot to list down. It would help if you also described your milestones, from who you worked with and what it was for to the different things you have done, to list them for your resume.
Update Your Profile
After listing down your milestones and achievements during the internship, update your resume and LinkedIn profile so you can write the details clearly while it is still fresh. If you update your LinkedIn profile, make sure that the changes are public, so recruiters know your profile is up-to-date.
Stay In Touch
Before you say goodbye to your internship, think about the people in the company you want to stay in contact with, especially if you end up working in the same company again. Ask these people if they are willing to swap email addresses or be connected to you through LinkedIn. I have always been staying in touch with my interns from previous companies.
After your internship, you may become busy sorting out your next move for your career, which will disable you from looking back and thinking about what you did during the internship. So, before you leave, make sure to do the following steps above to make your experience count and help you in the future.
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A couple of extra points.
Ask your manager for an informal performance review. Essentially just two questions: what did I do well, and what could I have done better? The answers to the first question in particular might surprise you.
Also, offer to provide some information for the next person in the role. I had a contract position for six months which included records management, reception, setting up meeting rooms and preparing the monthly morning tea (the office had a staff of 80!) Breaking my day down into hourly segments on an Excel spreadsheet, I created a record of my activities which I forwarded to my manager when my contract ended.
My self-esteem got a significant boost when she came around a couple of days later and thanked me for the spreadsheet. She said, ‘I really didn’t appreciate the demands of your role until I saw it all laid out there.’
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Gregory, those are fine points! I’m grateful for your contribution and filling the gaps for us. Especially the performance review suggestion is awesome. Have a wonderful weekend.
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Such excellent advice! My daughter just finished her internship in the medical field. She gave the doctors bobble heads that were hand painted to look just like the doctors face. They were so thrilled they are going to make them the picture on their internet page. They will never forget her. Lol
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Thank you. What a brilliant move! A great way to keep her network alive. Congrats to your daughter completing her internship, Diane. So what’s next for her?
Some good points her Kally 🙂
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Thank you so much, June. Have a lovely weekend!
Great points, staying in touch is a goodway to keep the networking circle open.