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.

10) Bring a treat on your last day in office

Donuts are usually a big hit in any office. Bake or pick up treats for your coworkers on your last day in the office. Pick-me-ups are always appreciated during hectic work days!

No matter what your daily tasks are at your internship, keep in mind that it is some of the most important networking that you will ever complete. It is up to you to make the most out of your internship, from the moment you step into the door to your final day in the office. Do more than expected, seek opportunities, and finish your internship with a bang.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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