Whether you are currently involved in an internship or are planning on it in the future, it is helpful to be aware of the follow up procedure for after the term ends. These steps are often overlooked when the experience at a company ends, but they are crucial for maintaining a strong bond with the people you have worked with. These 4 tips will help you finish out your internship strongly and make sure you make the most of the opportunity.
1. Say thank you!
Hopefully you won’t need a reminder to complete this step. After all the opportunities and “real world” experience that the company has provided you with, the least you can do is send them a formal thank you. If you worked with multiple different people throughout the internship, make sure you include a genuine thanks to each person for the assistance they gave you.
2. Update your resume.
Rather than waiting to update your resume right before you apply for your next position, it is a great idea to revise it while it is fresh in your mind. You may find it helpful to make a list of everything you worked on or accomplished, and then narrow them down into bullet points for your resume. The longer you wait, the easier it is to forget all the tasks you completed.
3. Connect and foster your relationships.
Gaining new networking connections is one of the most significant aspects of interning with professionals in your field. If you haven’t created a LinkedIn account yet, this is great resource to stay connected with people you work with. If a position were to open up in the future, resources such as LinkedIn will be a place employers will turn to for qualified candidates. Also keeping in touch with any fellow interns is important to keep strong relationships. You most likely spent a great deal of time with them, and they may have helpful career tips to pass along to you in the future.
4. Get a Recommendation.
After your internship ends, the supervisors you have worked with will mostly likely be useful references for you. Asking your supervisors if they would give you a written reference may be more comfortable if it is done at the end of the term rather than a year down the road. Also, just asking if they would be open to being a professional reference is convenient to know when you start applying for new jobs.