It’s the end of the summer, and it’s time to say farewell to those full-time summer internships, and go back to college for the fall semester. How can summer interns wrap up the loose ends and say goodbye?
Clarify Last Day of Summer Internship
The first time, bring it up during a one-on-one meeting or a casual discussion. Do this at least 2 weeks in advance. Then, follow up with that date via email. By sending an email, it puts the date in writing. If the office has a shared calendar, put that date on the calendar.
After clarifying the end date, ask for an opportunity to gather feedback on your performance. Some companies have this built into their summer internship programs. But, not every company does them! If yours does not, request an informal review.
An informal review will be a time to have a conversation about your strengths and weaknesses. Internship experiences are a time full of learning, and identifying your weaknesses will make you a stronger employee in your career path.
During this time, it is a great time to bring up the possibility of future employment. The first thing to do is express interest in what types of future roles you would be interested in at the company. Then, ask what the hiring timelines look like. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity because of a missed deadline!
After that, ask if you would be a good candidate. Regardless of the response, ask what skills you can strengthen to be a good candidate for potential full-time positions.
References and Recommendations
Before you end your summer internship, connect with your co-workers on LinkedIn. Endorse their skills, and they may endorse yours back! Having co-workers on LinkedIn allows you to stay in touch after the internship.
During this time, it is an appropriate time to ask a manager if they would be willing to be a reference for you for future job applications. If you are considering graduate or professional school in the future, ask if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation.
If there was someone who stood out as a potential mentor for you, this is the perfect time to reach out to continue the professional relationship beyond the intern program.
By doing these actions, it sets you up to maintain those relationships. If you see an article that reminds you of someone at your previous internship, send it to them on LinkedIn. If you are using those skills you learned in your internship, email that person who taught you the skill.
At the end of August, there is so much going on for college students. But, don’t let that forget to say goodbye!
Prepare handwritten notes for managers. Thank them for specific skills and learning opportunities you had throughout the process and how you will use those skills in the future. Bring up your career goals and plans and how this internship helped you on your career path.
Send out a company-wide or team-wide email (depending on the size of the company) and share your personal email, the college you are going to, your major, and the career path that you are on.
Share that goodbye on LinkedIn with a recap of the internship as a whole!