Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wrapping Up Your Internship

As the semester comes to an end, you’re likely beginning end of semester projects and thinking about finals (or procrastinating on thinking about finals). But classes aren't the only things you need to consider finalizing this month. Unless you plan on continuing into the summer, your internship is also close to ending. So here are just a few things you should check off your intern to-do list before heading out of the office one last time.
  • Wrap up projects. If you've been given any long-term projects to work on for the semester, begin finalizing them. Whether it’s a master media list or research assignment, put on the finishing touches before sending it over to your supervisor. Go through old to-do lists and notes from the last few weeks to ensure everything has been completed and crossed off. This way, you know for sure there are no longstanding projects uncompleted.
  •  Collect your portfolio pieces. Go through all the assignments you've done over the semester and decide which are best for your portfolio. Be sure to save pieces that demonstrate a variation of work that you've done over the course of your internship. This is also a good time to update your resume to reflect what you accomplished.
  • Get connected. If you haven’t already, connect on LinkedIn with your supervisors, fellow interns and other members of the office you have worked closely with. This way, your LinkedIn network can reflect your newly extended in-person network. It also allows your supervisors to write recommendations and endorse you for skills you learned during your internship.
  • Don’t forget to say thank you! The final and most important step to take at the end of your internship is to write thank you cards (by hand, the old school way) for your supervisors and bosses. Be sure to include what you learned from working with them and your plans to stay in touch. Small thank you gifts don’t hurt either. Who doesn't need a nice Temple coffee mug?

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