How to End Your Internship on a High Note

Fri, Nov 19, 2010

Internship Information


Congratulations! You’ve made it through your internship. You learned some new skills, made some professional contacts and had a successful semester. But before you say goodbye, there are a few things you should do to leave your internship on a high note. 

1.  Write a welcome note for your replacement 

Of course, this only applies if another intern is joining the team when you leave.  Welcome them to the team and write down some helpful hints you learned along the way—how to fix a printer jam; where to get the best coffee; etc. 

2. Write thank you notes to your supervisors 

In this electronic age, a hand-written note certainly makes you memorable. Jot down your gratitude for the internship and one or two things you learned from your boss. 

3. Connect on LinkedIn 

Ask your co-workers and supervisors to join your LinkedIn network. Offer to write recommendations for them and ask them to return the favor. When you’re looking for the next internship or a full-time job, positive accounts on your profile will make people take notice. 

4. Update your resume 

Take time to narrow down your internship duties to the most relevant to your career plans.  Add these bullet points to your resume now when everything’s still fresh in your mind. 

5.  Keep in touch 

When your internship’s over, stay in contact with your co-workers. Social networking and email makes keeping in touch easier than ever. Drop a line to check in and see how things are going at the office.  If it’s possible, you can even physically visit the office the next semester to say hi. 

By Danielle Bullen. Danielle is a writer and a resident of the Philadelphia area. Danielle can be reached at Daniellebullen@comcast.net. 


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