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.
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.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
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!
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