How to End Your Internship on a Positive Note

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By Denver Regine Lark

Denver is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.

You did it! The internship is coming to an end and now it is time to leave on a great note, with an impeccable reference. One of the first things to do is meet with an supervisor. Even simply asking for a 10 minute meeting with your supervisor can make a huge difference. Not only does this give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your performance, but it’s also your chance to ask them for advice, discuss your career goals and finally discuss how the internship has impacted your life and decisions.

While having this meeting, make sure you point out what you have accomplished so that your supervisor is aware that you learned something more than the average coffee runs. When asking for constructive feedback, it is important to do so in a professional manner so you can understand your impact or lack thereof, and improve in your next endeavors. At the conclusion of the meeting, make sure to ask to for a letter of recommendation. The sooner you ask, the easier it is for them to write especially you remained visible and were productive.

It is very likely that your day-to-day activities did not include interaction with supervisor, but others. It is important to thank others including assistants and fellow interns who have helped you in your success. In the long run, everyone will be appreciative of your acknowledgment.  This is also important to building your connections, so they are aware of who you are.

Some people may want to go above and beyond and even show their act of appreciation through a gift or possibly something that highlights what you have learned. This can be an impactful act especially if you are passionate about the company and have the desire to work with them in the feature.

If you are approaching graduation, don’t hesitate to let them know that you are job hunting especially if you have excelled in your internship. Your supervisor won’t know if you don’t inform them of your aspirations and interests. Be sure to include how well you fit in with the company and your eagerness. Your supervisor is very likely to put you in touch with someone in human resources, and from there, it is all up to you.

Most importantly, remember to not burn bridges! Whether or not you enjoyed the internship, it was a learning experience.