So now is a good time to think about the final weeks of your summer gig, and perhaps the last chance you’ll have to tie up loose ends, communicate with colleagues and make yourself stand out to your supervisor.
Here are seven things you can do to make sure your summer internship ends well:
1. Take a Look at Your Calendar
The last month of your internship is going to fly by. If you’re about mid-way through your internship, this is a great time to give yourself a good idea of what to expect in the upcoming month. Planning ahead is key to being a successful intern, so make sure you’re keeping yourself up-to-date on projects and events for work.
2. Prioritize Your Tasks
After taking a look at your calendar, do your best to prioritize your upcoming tasks, projects, and deadlines. This will help you get back on track and keep you focused during the last month of your internship.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with some projects or you’re afraid you won’t be able to make a deadline, this is a good time to speak up to your manager. This will prevent you from overlooking important tasks and making any mistakes during the final weeks of your internship.
3. Schedule a Meeting with Your Manager
To help you get on track for the last month of your internship, it’s a good idea to meet with your manager to make sure you’re both on the same page.
Once you’ve scheduled your meeting, make sure you arrive with a prepared list of projects you’ve been working on and what you need to accomplish in the upcoming weeks. This will help your manager gain a better idea of what still needs to be completed before you leave. In addition, you’ll also gauge your time and make a plan for the rest of your internship. By doing this, you’ll make sure not a single detail is missed and that you leave your internship on a positive note.
4. Ask for Feedback
Some interns tend to wait until their exit interview to gain feedback on their performance. However, if you want to be proactive, be sure to ask your supervisor and even some coworkers you’ve worked closely with for feedback on your work.
It’s important to ask for continuous feedback during your internship because it gives you an idea of your strengths and weaknesses. By asking for feedback a month or two before your internship ends, you’ll have just enough time to tweak your performance and improve your skills by the conclusion of your internship.
5. Help Others in the Office
If you have some extra time on your hands in the upcoming weeks, do your best to lend a hand to others. Whether it’s helping out the other interns or taking on an extra project for your manager, go above and beyond in these upcoming weeks to make work a little easier on others.
For example, if you notice that another intern needs help preparing some giveaway bags for an upcoming company event, offer your help. It’ll probably only take 30 minutes of your day, plus it gives you a break from your regular work. Just keep in mind that you need to be on top of your personal tasks first before reaching out to help another intern or coworker.
6. Create a Departing Gift
Creating a thoughtful way to thank your employer for the experience you gained is a great way to end your internship.
During the final month of your internship, think of a way you can say “thank you” instead of buying a gift. This is a more meaningful way to share your appreciation for your internship and the relationship you created with your supervisor.
There are a number of things you can do to thank your supervisor. (Just remember to also include a hand-written thank you note along with your gift.)
- Create a proposal for a project you think would benefit their next intern.
- Write a memo about the experience you gained.
- Bake a dessert (just make sure they don’t have any allergies!).
- Create an infographic of your experience.
- Write a blog post about your manager and what he or she taught you.
- Compile a list of tips and tricks for the next intern.
7. Sell Your New Skills and Experience
If your next step after this internship is full-time employment, think about how you’re going to make yourself shine during this last month of your internship.
Regardless of whether or not your supervisor has mentioned the possibility of full-time employment after this internship, you should definitely approach your supervisor about post-internship opportunities. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor to ask questions about what it’s like to work as a full-time employee at their company and what it takes to land a full-time position.
During this meeting, you should also have a mental list of your strengths and accomplishments stories from your internship to share with your supervisor. This will show him or her that you are taking initiative to think about the next steps of your career.
It’s important to follow these steps during the last month of your internship because they will help you make a positive and lasting impression. Most employers usually turn to their rockstar interns for future hiring, so make sure you do everything you can to put yourself at the top of their list.
In the meantime, good luck with the rest of your internship and keep up the awesome work!
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert and founder & president of Come Recommended, a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals. Follow her on Twitter at @heatherhuhman.