So you’ve been working at your internship for a couple month this summer and are getting ready to return to classes, but have you made the most of your internship this summer? Here’s a few quick things you can do to leave a lasting (great) impression with your employer.
- Check in with your supervisor: As you’re wrapping up your projects, be sure to schedule a meeting to see if you’ve accomplished not only your goals, but the goals of your supervisor in the last couple of weeks. Try to leave the meeting with specific action items you can do to help meet those needs of the project. This shows that you are responsible and take initiative.
(hopefully your meeting goes better than this)
- One more please! If you’re running out of things to do in the last few weeks, offer to take on another small project before you wrap up your internship. Is there something you wanted to learn or do that you didn’t get a chance to? Ask if there is something you can do that would give you experience in that area.
- Unsure about your choice of internships? If you’re still unsure if this is the right career path for you, or if you like the organization you’re working for, ask to spend some time with someone in the organization whose position you’d like to know more about – conduct a brief informational interview (add hyperlink) with them to learn more about their job, and how they got there.
- What’s next? After you finish your internship, then what? Is there an opportunity to continue your partnership with this organization if you want to? This is a topic of conversation to have with your employer – but be cautious how you bring it up, sample approach: “I’ve really enjoyed my internship here at XYZ, What typically happens at the end of an internship?”
- Stay connected! If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with your supervisor on LinkedIn and any other colleagues you worked with on projects – perhaps one of them will even give you a recommendation!
Good luck wrapping up your internship!
- Written by Angi McKie, Director, Marketing and Operations