4 Things You Need to Do at the End of Your Summer Internship
First impressions are important, but what about last impressions? At the end of a summer, the last goodbye interaction you have with any of your co-workers is going to make a long-lasting impression. When you go back to ask for a recommendation or apply for a job with the company you interned at, that last impression is most likely what they will be thinking about. Take control and use this moment to your advantage!
In two weeks I wrap up my 4th summer engineering internship. Over these 4 summers I have learned some important lessons to finish out your internship right.
Summer 2013 Site Visit with Bracken Engineering1. Rock Your Final Presentation
Many engineering internships organize final presentations for their interns to present on what they did at the company. However, do not just say the tasks that you completed. What you really should focus on is the value that you brought to the company. Tell them why their investment in you was worth it. Also, do not be afraid to throw in a slide or two talking about how you got involved in the company and community over the summer. It leaves a good impression to show that you actively tried to engage with your co-workers and that you fit into the culture. Additionally, say what your future plans are! The people in that room might be able to help you achieve these goals.
Does your company not actively organize final presentations? Ask if you can give one! This is your chance to get great face time with managers and people you have worked with to make one last big impact.
2. Set Up a Wrap Up Meeting With Your Boss
Interns can sometimes get lost in the mix so you need to take the initiative to get on your boss’s calendar. At this meeting, ask for feedback on how you did over the summer. This is important information for you to improve in your next internship or job and shows that you care about your personal development.
2016 International Microwave Symposium with Keysight Interns from Arizona and Georgia
3. Connect With Your Co-Workers and Fellow Interns on LinkedIn
The end of the summer is the perfect time to start the effort in maintaining the relationships that you forged over the past few months. These people can be great resources for the future in helping you find jobs and are great additions to your network. When you go back to school and maybe on the other side of the country, these relationships are easy to lose. Making these connections on LinkedIn now when you are fresh in everyone’s mind is the perfect opportunity to stay connected.
2015 Final Day at John Deere Summer Internship
4. Write Thank You Notes
Take the time to hand-write thank you notes for all of the people you worked with or got to know over the summer. I would recommend starting this a few weeks before your end date because this takes time if you want to write genuine and meaningful notes. This simple gesture is a chance to express your gratitude and remind your co-workers of meaningful moments that you had together. It is pretty fun to do! I have done this every summer with excellent feedback, even having one person keep the note and put it on the wall next to her desk. Talk about finding a way to get someone to remember you! If you have the time, make sure not to just do this for your managers. Do it for everyone from the mail room worker you saw every morning to the person who sat at the desk over from you.
Erin is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Florida graduating December 2016. She has interned at Keysight Technologies, John Deere, Solar Turbines and Bracken Engineering. She is also the CEO of Sci Chic. You can find her on Twitter @bcofengineering.
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