How To Stay Involved After Your Internship


The bright summer sun is quickly fading behind the tumbling leaves that mark the entrance of Fall. With the stress of a new semester and dorms flooded by frightful freshmen, your summer internship can quickly seem like only a story to share during a game of catch-up in the cafeteria. But that story does not need to have an ending just yet. There are ways to stay involved with your company even after you’ve vacated the premise.

Be in the know

Thanks to that thing we call technology, there is now no excuse for not being up to date with a company’s progress. In addition to liking their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and keep a look out for them mentioned in the news. An easy way to do that by creating a Google Alert notification.

Go remote!

As we’ve discussed in our articles on the benefits of interning remotely and how to rock a remote internship, remote internships are the bomb! Instead of letting your relationship with your company fizzle out, make it clear to your supervisor that you are extremely interested in continuing your work and propose a remote position, even if it’s on a minimal basis. This could be anything ranging from managing the company’s social media accounts to writing their weekly newsletter. Not only will this make you a continuous valuable asset to the company, it’s a sure fire-way to land a full-time job after graduation!


Unlike summer camp, don’t make a plan to throw your relationships out the door once the school bell rings. Keep in contact with your fellow interns! Not just because you bonded over a mutual love for ‘Friends,’ but because they are your future co-workers (and rulers of the world.) Social media is the most obvious way to connect, but reach out of your Facebook friending comfort zone and connect with them on LinkedIn. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, here’s why you need to make a LinkedIn profile – now.  Periodically catch up with what’s going on in their lives and when it comes time to start applying for your dream job, not being a stranger will have paid off.

5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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Imagine you’re Andy Sachs timidly entering the prestigious office of the infamous Miranda Priestly for an interview that has the potential to make or break your career. Not a good time to make a human-prone mistake. But, as members of the innately flawed human race, we all make mistakes. We can do everything in our power to strive for professional perfection, but infallibility is sadly reserved for immortal icons like Anna Wintour. While it may be a nuance to mess up, we do have the ability to learn from our mistakes and avoid making them in the future with the assistance of expert advice.

Maybe it was your grandma shoes that bombed the interview, but, if not, here are interview mistakes you may have made and can avoid in the future.

A happy medium

The ideal interview demure is a happy balance of “owning it” harder than J. Alexander and reverting to hiding behind your shield of hair. Those may be two extremes, but strive for a happy medium that says “hey, I’m awesome, but I know I have to pay my dues.” Having too much confidence may make you come across as a pompous child with jaded indifference. Having too little confidence may make you come across as nervous and inexperienced.

(Don’t) be yourself

Contradiction time! In your interview, don’t be yourself, be your interviewer. If you’re a Lagerfeld lover while your interviewer is a classic Chanel coveteur, your differences may clash. While you don’t want to concoct a fake identity, aligning your interests with the interviewer will go much further than attempting to sound unique. Relatability will take you far. Take advantage of the glorious World Wide Web to social media stalk your interviewer to learn about their interests and work history.

Push your ego aside

While you may be being interviewed, the interview isn’t about you. Sorry. We have the tendency to be a little self-centered and assume an interview revolves around your needs and wants, but the actual goal of an interview is to convince the interviewer that you would be a positive contribution to the company. Don’t ask about benefits. Don’t ask about vacation time. Don’t ask about money. All of those questions can be asked and answered in good time… aka when you get the job!

Did you do your research?

If you don’t know about the company you’re interviewing at, you might as well just walk out the door. Doing your research is essential for nailing an interview! Number one, you should have a genuine interest in the company and, therefore, know about them. Number two, aligning your answers and questions with the company’s mission and projects will set you apart from the other interviewers who slacked off on their studies.


Most every interview ends the same – do you have any questions for me? Yes, you do! Check out our post on Interview Questions You Need To Ask for the answers.

Have you had any interview mishaps in the past? Comment below to share your story and what you learned!

Fashion Friday: Edgify

Welcome to our new segment, Fashion Friday! Many of our readers have been asking how to dress for a fashion internship. How do you look fashionable yet professional? Asked and answered! Now, every Friday your favorite fashion internship website will debut a new outfit from our Polyvore profile!

For the edgy gal strutting the streets, cat eye shades and studs are your best friend. Paired with an oversized blazer and simple shift dress, punky meets professional.

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Find details from the look here!

Intern Spotlight: Arielle Schrader

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School: Belmont University

Major: Public Relations

Graduation date: May 2015

Current city: Nashville, TN

Hometown: Southaven, MS


S: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your experience.

AS: I’m a PR gal and creative who is passionate about fashion, leadership, and relationships. Originally from a small town in Mississippi, I knew I needed to be in a city that could provide me with ample opportunities in the public relations industry. Since I moved to Nashville three years ago, I have participated in six amazing internships, while holding positions as a Campus Tour Guide, an officer of Belmont PRSSA and an officer and sister of Alpha Gamma Delta.


S: Where have you interned to date?

AS: Two Nashville-based public relations firms, the Country Music Association, Nashville Fashion Week, the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at my university and Educational Services of America, a provider of alternative and special education schools and programs.


S: Why do you intern?

AS: To find my passion. I have always been very ambitious towards my career path, so my sophomore year I participated in my first internship simply to start early and get ahead of my peers. After that first internship, I realized internships are actually a great way to learn more about what you do and do not want to do, while also gaining valuable experience and making connections. Thus, I began interning in a wide range of industries with the purpose of discovering where my greatest passion lay.


S: What would you say is the most valuable thing you’ve learned through all of your experience?

AS: There is always room for improvement. You may land amazing internships and be praised for impressive work, but no matter how big your accomplishments are, you should be seeking challenges that push you to work harder and learn more. Don’t ever let yourself get comfortable.


S: How would you advise someone to push themselves? Self-motivation can be tricky business.

AS: Self-motivation is most successful when it is driven by another factor. For example, one of the things I value most is excellence – always striving to become the best I can be. This value motivates me to seek out challenges and growth opportunities. I would advise others to think about their values and passions. Then, evaluate how they can use that value or passion to motivate them. Find what motivates you!


S: What’s been your favorite internship and why?

AS: Oh goodness, this is a tough one. Each of my internships have been such valuable learning experiences there is no way I could choose just one favorite. I can say I really enjoyed interning full-time with the Educational Services of America this summer. I was allowed to take on a lot of responsibility, especially with large projects. I was given creative freedom and room to experiment and explore. I felt more like an employee than an intern.


S: Would you say the discrepancy between working as a full-time intern and a part-time intern is clear? Is one more beneficial than the other?

AS: There is definitely a difference between the two, but part-time and full-time internships are beneficial in different ways. Part-time internships are a convenient way to gain great experience while you are taking classes during the school semester. Full-time internships provide an opportunity to be fully engaged in an internship. When you are in the office everyday, you form better relationships with supervisors, have more responsibility and learn how to manage your time outside of work. Full-time internships are experiences every student should try to have on their resume!


S: Who are some of the mentors who have inspired you?

AS: My supervisor on the Orientation Council has been a huge inspiration. He always expected the best from us and never settled for anything but our best work. Ever since, I never let myself do anything less than my best. He also challenged us to “live beyond reproach.” Ethically, PR professionals, as well as other professionals, can find themselves in sticky situations and be tempted to do act unethically to get ahead. As young professionals, it is very important to remember that our actions represent our character.


S: Do you have any advice for writing a cover letter?

AS: A cover letter doubles as a writing sample, so give as much attention as a school or work assignment. When you are applying for several internships, it is easy to get lazy and just copy and paste each letter or just send one paragraph in the body of an email. When you do this, you are losing a great opportunity to display your communication skills. Make sure each cover letter is exactly that, a letter personalized to the company stating why you feel you are the best fit.


S: What about for resumes, since it is very important part of your application and is always up for debate by means of presentation?

AS: Tailor your resume to the internship you are seeking. You should include only relevant experience and skills based on what they expect from an intern. This method is extremely helpful when you have enough experience to cover almost three pages, like I do. Open the internship description and requirements, then highlight the specific experience and skills you have that directly line up with what the company is seeking from an intern. Just like a cover letter, you should never use the same resume for every internship application.


S: As 1 of 10 orientation council members at Belmont University, you interviewed 325 applicants. That’s a lot! Did you see any common mistakes interviewees made?

AS: It was tough! Anytime I was not in class, I was interviewing someone. The most common mistake we noticed was the lack of genuine answers. I heard a lot of cookie-cutter answers, things the applicants thought I wanted to hear. When you interview for any job, it is so important to be yourself because employers can tell when you are not being authentic.


S: What’s the most common cookie-cutter answer you’ve heard, and how would you advise someone to answer differently?

AS: “I’m a hard worker.” With this type of answer, the interviewer does not learn how you are any different from the last person they interviewed. If you really are a hard worker, answer the question with an example or change the language of your answer. For example, “I work harder than other people. In college, I always took five classes and had an internship while keeping a great GPA,” or “I am someone who takes initiative during difficult projects and only stops working when the project is complete.” Your responses should give the interviewer a good sense of who you are and what you are about. Answer questions in a way that authentically represents you!


S: You seem to be super busy on campus with all of your leadership positions like being President of Belmont PRSSA and PR Director of Alpha Gamma Delta on top of interning. How do you structure your time management?

AS: I schedule everything I do in my iCal, keep very detailed to-do lists and actually stick to it. By “everything I do,” I mean my meetings, meals, showers, workouts, coffee dates, everything. My to-do lists keep me focused and help me avoid getting caught up on Pinterest or Buzzfeed for an hour. On top of all of this, I am an extrovert who needs to spend time with people, which means little sleep and lots of coffee. When it comes down to it, I am very passionate about everything I do, so I make time for it all.


S: From working for Nashville Fashion Week to assisting at Country Music Association events, you must be an event planning master! What’s been your experience with event planning, and what advice could you give to someone looking to become involved in event planning?

AS: I have been involved with the planning, check-in, seating, decoration, catering, sponsorships, and media of several events. I have two pieces of advice. First, do not expect an easy, glamorous job as an event planner. Event planning is hard work and almost never goes as planned. Secondly, get involved. The best event planners started gaining experience in the industry early and kept notes, contact info and ideas they now use in their career.


S: Any fun stories or mishaps from any of the events?

AS: I have learned firsthand that mishaps occur at every event, no matter how well the team has prepared. At the CMA Music Festival nightly concerts, we used three golf carts to escort members of the media who had heavy equipment. At the end of the second night of the four night festival, one of the golf carts ran out of gas, then the headlights were blown in another golf cart. So, we were down to one golf cart and several media teams ready to get back to their cars and head home. In these types of situations, you just have to stay calm and work diligently to resolve the issue. It’s all about customer service!


S: You’ve interned in the fashion, education and entertainment industries and worked with clients in the health, festival, venue and non-profit industries. How does this mesh and where does your true interest stand?

AS: Within each internship, I focused on helping to create mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and its publics– the core of public relations. However, I learned each industry has its own way of accomplishing this goal. Personally, I feel most passionate about promoting brands and organizations in the fashion and education industries.


S: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

AS: Don’t spread yourself too thin. When you do, you are unable to be extraordinary.


S: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to fellow interns?

AS: Always strive to be a better version of yourself. Discover your talents and values and then strengthen them, instead of trying to develop the talents and values other people possess. Your well-developed talents and character will set you apart and help you stay grounded in who you are.


S: What’s next for you?

AS: I am actually moving to NYC this month. I’ll be there for one semester interning with the Department of Public Relations at Hearst Magazines. It’s my dream internship and I am so excited to get started!


S: Closing thoughts?

AS: If you live in NYC, I would love to meet you this fall!

Industry Spotlight: Kelly Howard

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Name: Kelly Howard

Company: Post + Beam

Position: Director

Education: Iowa State University

Current City: Los Angeles

Hometown: Owatonna, MN


S: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your experience.

KH:I currently oversee consumer fashion, beauty and lifestyle in the LA office of Post+Beam, playing a key role in new business development, and execution of media, social media and event programs for a diverse client roster. Every day of my job is truly unique, and having the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, create PR and marketing strategies that work for their business, and see how our work ultimately contributes to their bottom line is something I thrive on.


S: How did you get your start in the industry?

KH: I’m originally from MN, but made the move out to NY for an internship during college. My first internship was with Alan Taylor Public Relations in New York – I was put on the Diageo Liquors account team, pitching a variety of accounts including Smirnoff, Guinness and Jose Cuervo to various outlets. After graduation, I made the move to LA for my first job in fashion PR with a small, boutique agency. It was there I learned an incredible amount about the ins and outs of pitching and what it takes to elevate a small brand in the eyes of the press.


S: What are the top three traits you look for in interns?

KH: Enthusiasm, communication and common sense. As an intern, you’re not expected to know much, but you are here to learn. We want you to be enthusiastic to take on any task, effectively communicate where you at with your assigned responsibilities (and when you have a question), and the savvy and common sense to understand the bigger picture.


S: What are the most common mistakes you see interns make?

KH: Lack of communication. Interns are often scared to ask questions and therefore fail to complete assigned tasks effectively or on-time. Additionally, senior team members sometimes get busy with their daily work and forget to explain how smaller tasks contribute to the larger project at hand. As a result, that small task may not seem important to the intern, and therefore not get done in a timely manner. It falls back on the senior team to explain why certain tasks are being assigned, so that interns can not only learn but also understand the importance of deadlines.


S: Biggest intern pet-peeves?

KH: Lack of communication (sensing a theme yet?)


S: What do you look for in a cover letter? A catchy introduction or a to-the-point statement?

KH: A catchy introduction is always good, as long as it’s not too over the top. I also look at a cover letter to see someone’s writing style, or to convince me of their experience if their resume can’t speak for itself.


S: Do you recommend interns paste their cover letter in the body of the email or attach it?

KH: I prefer it in the body of the email. One of my biggest pet peeves with intern applications is an email with two attachments (cover letter and resume) and nothing in the body of the email.


S: What’s your stance on the one-page resume “rule?” Do you trash those that go over?

KH: I’m indifferent. I’ll read both pages, but just make sure that your experience warrants two pages, and that everything you’ve listed is relevant to the internship for which you’re applying.


S: How important is email etiquette to you?

KH: Incredibly important! Not only with the initial cover letter, but the follow up emails as you schedule your interview. Take the time and care to be just as professional and spell check with every email thereafter.


S: What are the biggest interview turn-offs?

KH: First impressions last a lifetime – be sure to arrive on time, dressed appropriately and always, always bring a copy of your resume.


S: What would you tell the intern wondering why he or she didn’t get the position?

KH: If an applicant isn’t offered a position, it’s usually because they aren’t a fit. However, sometimes it has to do with lack of availability or timing issues.


S: What would you advise interns to wear on the job?

KH: Follow office dress code, but always err on the side of professional. For example, even if the office team shows up super casual, always good to show up a little more dressed up. You’re there to impress.


S: Have you had a mentor and/or act as a mentor? If so, what’s been your experience?

KH: Yes to both! Mentors are a great opportunity to learn and be inspired! I’ve had the opportunity to mentor a few individuals, helping to make introductions where I can, review  resumes, as well as just be a sounding board for ideas and frustrations. For those I’ve mentored, seeing them move up from internships to professionals has been a truly rewarding experience.


S: We all want to know. Do you stalk intern candidates on social media before hiring them?

KH: Yes! Be aware of your social presence and what’s private vs. public.  And a new one that I’ve recently started paying attention to – your Google + picture. It shows up when you send through your resume and cover letter – I’ve seen some crazy ones and it definitely makes an impression.


S: What differentiates an average intern from a superstar intern?

KH: The ability to think ahead, contribute new ideas, and always going above and beyond the task given.


S: How would you advise an intern to turn their position into a full-time job?

KH: Staying in communication with the leadership, not only your immediate supervisor but the person who will ultimately do the hiring (if applicable). Make sure you ask for feedback, ask questions, and should a position not be available at the completion of your internship, stay in touch!


S: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

KH: Always manage expectation, it will set everyone up for success.


S: What’s the best piece advice you could give an intern?

KH: Take advantage of every opportunity, no matter how small! Every task you’re given, no matter how mundane, has a meaning. Take it upon yourself to learn what it is and how it contributes to the bigger picture.


S: Closing thoughts?

KH: Internships are an amazing opportunity to get your foot in the door – do as many as you can!

5 Resume Tweaks


Have we mentioned that it’s time to apply for Fall? Well, if you haven’t already (which you can here) you may be at an advantage. Yes, an advantage! If you haven’t applied yet, you still have time to tweak your resume. Yay! But you don’t have to do this alone. Here are 5 resume tweaks courtesy of Mashable, but with a spunky FFI twang.

1. Everything you own in a (box) to the left

Listen to Beyonce and move everything you got to the left. Aligning all of your information to the left is much more appealing to the eyes and makes your resume easier to read. Even move your heading to the left. Just remember – to the left, to the left!

2. Maybe not…

Ok – Queen Bey got it wrong here… You shouldn’t move EVERYTHING to the left. The right deserves a little love too. When editing your resume, move the date and location of your position to the right side. That way not all of your information is in a big jumble. You can do this on most word processors by creating a right-tab or a separate column

3. Stop playing (eye) games

Making your resume readable is an eye game. You’re supposed to manipulate the various font sizes to tease the eye into neat pleasure, right? Wrong! Aside from your name at the top being in a larger font (because you’re important ;),) the font size throughout the rest of your resume should be the same size. Doing this make your resume much easier to read. A way to substitute this manipulation is to take advantage of bolding, italics, and all-caps – sparingly. Try bolding either companies you worked for, italicising your positions, and using all-caps for your dividing titles (ie. education, work experience, skills, etc.)

FYI: employer favorite fonts include: Calibri, Arial, Georgia, Garamond, and Times New Roman.

4. Avoid the paragraph phenomenon

The whole point of using bullet points is to avoid the paragraph phenomenon. If your bullet point goes past two lines, you’re heading into dangerous territory. That being said, keep your bullet points to two lines MAX. The less reading required the more likely your resume will be read.

5. One hundred vs 100

Are you ninety percent done editing your resume or 90% done editing your resume? You should be 90% done because, chances are, you skimmed over the words “ninety percent” and comprehended 90% almost immediately. Employers are lazy readers, so using digits greatly improves readability and helps them better understand your quantifiable accomplishments. Bonus – it also saves space!

On an editing high? You can access Mashable’s full 12 simple resume tweaks here!

Look The Part!

Meet the marriage of a concept and a confusion: the infographic and dressing for an interview.

In an age of impatience that is making reading near obsolete, infographics make digesting information smart and snazzy. Also, who doesn’t like pretty pictures?

Dressing for an interview, particularly in fashion, can confuse even the stylist fashionista. Do you want to be bold and stand out our modestly blend in?

Fear not! Our friend Lauren Berger “The Intern Queen” shared an infographic that solves the head scratching!


Want even more style advice? Check out the style section of our blog!

The Perfect Cover Letter Formula

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A cover letter may be one of the most complicated documents you’ll ever construct. The premise seems simple: introduce yourself to the employer. The catch is standing out in the slew of introductions growing taller and taller every day. From the battle between sounding personable and professional to the ideal construction, if only there was a formula as simple as one, two, three… But, there is! Well, maybe not an exact formula, since every cover letter should be as individual as its author, but there are three components that formulate the perfect cover letter.

Be you!

From the beginning, the way to catch an employer’s attention is to let your personality shine through black and white, Times New Roman font. No matter how many advice columns instruct you to start a cover letter by saying something along the lines of  “My name is Slater Katz, and I am a rising junior at the Fashion Institute of Technology,” it’s monotonous, unoriginal, and says nothing about whom Slater Katz (me) is.

Taking my own advice, here is how I spruced up my editorial cover letter introduction to show my personality:

Words have meaning. Whether it is imparting wisdom on peers retrieved from personal experiences or reporting the hard-hitting news of the moment; the right formula of adjectives can transform an anecdote into an article.

More interesting, right? Using a writing style that reflects your personality is how you sell yourself as an individual. But remember to keep the language professional. Confused? Here is our post on how to make your cover letter passionate and professional.

Employers are selfish

So you’re an Excel mastermind. Good for you… It’s not valuable for an employer to read about what your talents are unless you describe how your skills will  benefit them. They’re very selfish beings. Ask yourself how your superpowers will add value that what they do on a daily basis. A way to do this is to relate your skills back to the job description or reiterating previous accomplishments to these skills.

End with a bang!

A wise man once told me every piece of communication should be closed with “I appreciate your time and look forward to being in contact.” No “I hope to hear from you soon” nonsense. Saying you “look forward to being in contact” implies that you may be the one to initiate contact, taking the ball into your court. If you’re feeling confident (which you should,) end your cover letter with an additional sentence reading “I will follow up with you in one week.” Bam! That’s assertive!

Have additional cover letter advice? We want to hear from you! Comment below!


4 Things To Keep Off Your Resume

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Bring out the combat boots and throw out the strappy sandals because Fall is on it’s way! While Fall fashion is something we all need to prepare for, so is the Fall internship season. Now is the time to start looking for internships (here.) From the Nylon fashion closet to paid positions at Valentino, the best of the best are looking to snatch up, well, the best of the best. But before you race to apply to these lavish positions, you need to update your resume.

We’ve given you advice on what to put on your resume to make it shine like glitter on a heap of bland pieces of paper; but now it’s time to take off the training heels. You know what to put on your resume, but, now, we’re disclosing what you need to take off…

X the objective

Unless you’re purposefully looking to eat up space on your resume, listing an objective is more than obsolete. You’re applying for an internship; your objective is obvious. Plus, no busy employer is going to take the extra three seconds to read an actual sentence. Regardless of typing an objective, fragments, fragments, fragments, my friend!

You don’t matter

Frankly speaking, whom you are as a person is irrelevant and a waste of space on your resume. Being a tennis prodigy or a knitting queen says nothing about yourself as a worker. Until you have the position, no one cares about your individual quirks. Your resume should act as a straightforward layout of what you can accomplish in a cubicle.

Confidentiality is key

If an employer wants references, they will ask for them. Simple as that. Listing references on your resume is a space eater and detracts from any valuable information you could be including. To organize your references and have them on hand, create a seperate document including your reference information and bring it along to your interview. That way you won’t have to dig through the deep depths of Victoria’s Secret promotions and OkCupid updates when looking for your previous boss’ email.

No selfies, please

It’s not Instagram, and including a picture is just down right creepy. Don’t believe me? At one of my internships my boss flat-out told me to delete any resumes that came with pictures. If they want to know what you look like, they’ll cyber-stalk you.

You’re all set! Now, get to deleting so you can get applying!

Your End Of Internship To-Do List


As back to school season floods the aisles of every major department store, it also signifies the approaching end to the summer internship season. This means two things. Number one: it’s time to apply for Fall (find the hottest jobs here). Number two: you need to get working on your end of your internship to-do list. The end of an internship may seem like a simple close, but, if you want the experience to have been game-changing, there are multiple considerations associated with ending your internship with a bang.

Stay awake!

As much as you’ve loved your summer experience, fall anticipation can’t help brimming to the surface. But, remember to live in the moment. Summer isn’t over just yet, so keep a pep in your step and intern at full force. Even if you feel you have mastered the position’s responsibilities, complete them with as much enthusiasm as you did on your very first day. If your energy and effort starts to lag towards the end of your internship, that’s the final and lasting impression impression you’re going to leave on your boss.

Ask and you shall receive

The end of an internship is a sentimental event. Now, it’s time to reflect on your experience by asking for advice and feedback from you boss. Assuming you’ve established a relationship, ask your boss about the journey they’ve embarked upon to get to the place they are today. They may have some invaluable advice on how to climb the professional ladder and avoid silly mistakes.

In addition, ask them for feedback or an evaluation of your performance. Beware – it’s not going to be a shower of compliments. The point of receiving feedback is to gather constructive criticism that will help you understand your strengths, weaknesses, and areas where you could improve. Not only will this greatly help you grow as a worker and perform at a higher level in the future, it shows your boss that you’re not just interested in being an average intern; you’re interested in being the best worker you can be. That’s the type of person they hire.

Do yourself a favor

The key to a stand-out resume is listing what you accomplished, not what you did. So, while it’s still fresh in your mind, write a list of everything you achieved at your internship. It may seem hard to believe but, a few weeks after your internship comes to a close, all you’ll seem to remember is the tasks you completed on a daily basis. When it comes time to update your resume, a play-by-play of your daily intern life is not what employers are looking for. Better yet, keep a log of your achievements throughout the duration of your internship. Having all of your accomplishments compiled before the end of your internship will save you some major brain racking.

Get yourself an ego-boost

You’ve been absolutely amazing! Though, realistically, it’s onto the next company. To prepare for the next application process, ask your current boss for a letter of recommendation. Don’t worry – they won’t be offended. They know how the process works and that it is time for you to spread your wings and move on. Make sure to ask for a general letter of recommendation as opposed to a specifically tailored one. That way, you’ll be able to use the letter for multiple opportunities and create an “ego-boost” folder.


Say thank you! But don’t just say thank you to your boss; say thank you to everyone in the company you’ve established a connection with. They will be so flattered, and this will instigate a continued relationship. Include your contact information, as well. Need proof? Including my personal information in a thank you card is how I got this job!
Have any questions regarding how to end your internship smoothly? Comment below!