Summer Job Series: Internship Wrap-Up

Many of us have started the countdown until we move back into college, but let’s not jump the gun just yet. If you are still working at an internship, here are the ways to wrap it up, show your appreciation, and end on good terms. You can also do some of these things whether you’re working at a clothing store, restaurant, day camp, or anywhere!

FINAL WEEKS

  1. Ask for feedback. It’s important to learn how you performed. Ask your supervisor if you can go over your strengths and areas to improve upon.
  2. Talk to your colleagues about your career plans, they might have some helpful insight and advice that you would never think of. After all, they’ve been in the field longer than you have.
  3. Ask for a reference. This will help on your resume or a recommendation letter for future internships and jobs. Here is how to ask for one!
  4. Gather contact information: This goes along with keeping in touch. Get their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and maybe their LinkedIn accounts.

LAST DAY

  1. Ask yourself this: did I like my internship? Why or Why not? Use this to determine how to move forward with where you want to go.
  2. This one goes without saying, but say thank you! These people have taken their time to teach you, mentor you, and help you have an experience of a lifetime! Make sure you thank everyone you need to! Let them know how much you appreciate their time.

POST-INTERNSHIP

  1. Follow up with handwritten Thank You notes.

    Follow-up with handwritten thank you notes to all the people you worked with/for. This will make you stand out against you colleagues who send an email.

  2. Update your resume! Add in your new experiences and what you’ve accomplished.
  3. Keep in touch with your supervisor. They can keep you posted on future job openings and will be a valuable resource.

Completing your internship can only open more doors towards bigger and better things. Wrapping up your final days properly will be beneficial to you in the future!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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