Internships are a vital part of figuring out what kind of career you want. You’ll be working hard during your time here and want to make sure to leave on the best note possible. There are things you should always make sure to do before leaving, no matter what type of internship you have.
1) Create a portfolio
Among leaving, put together a portfolio of everything you’ve worked on during your time at that internship. Whether you’ve published an op-ed or put together an excel sheet, place it all into a folder. This will come in handy when an interviewer asks what you did during your time here.
2) Discuss the future with your superiors
Set up a meeting with your superiors to discuss your future with this company. Let them know if you’re interested in taking a job with them after the internship.
3) Ask for a letter of recommendation
Letters of recommendation are great to have on-hand for future employers to look at. This is a way for your boss to explain what you completed and how well you did during your time there.
4) Deliver thank you notes
It is absolutely necessary to write individual thank you notes for those who helped you during your internship. Write short and sweet notes to whoever has gone out of their way to help you during your time here. Remember to keep it professional but also personal.
5) Update your resume
Before you leave, add your internship experience to your resume. Your experience will be fresh in your mind and you will be able to accurately portray information. You may even ask your boss for approval and tips on your resume.
6) Ask for feedback
In your final meeting with your superiors, ask for feedback from the work that you completed and any helpful advice for the future. Make sure to take notes – this is valuable information.
7) Train new interns
When you leave, most likely new interns will be rolling in. Take the responsibility of showing them the ropes. Throw in some personal tips that helped you during your internship in addition to the basics.
8) Attend networking events
Attend as many networking events as possible before you officially depart. Your coworkers will be valuable connections when seeking a job. Make sure to keep in touch.
9) Leave a lasting impression
From your first to last day, act how you want to be remembered. Introduce yourself to everyone you meet, be respectful, and be kind. Instead of eating lunch at your desk, try spending time getting to know your coworkers. This will leave an impression that will last long after you move on.