Ending Your Summer Internship on the Right Foot

Ask for feedback and don’t forget to thank your supervisors for the experience.
Ask for feedback and don’t forget to thank your supervisors for the experience. –David Ciani/Flickr

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to end a summer internship. Leaving a good last impression can score you more opportunities in the future and help you get a job. Here, we round up some of the best tips and to-do’s for ending an internship this summer the right way.

Ask for honest feedback: This might feel a little uncomfortable, but you should know if you did a good job or if there was something else going on. You might have been in a field unsuited for your interests and personality. For anyone just starting out, it’s always helpful to know how you did and how you could improve. [via About Careers]


Be appreciative: Go around and thank people who you worked with throughout the internship. Even if you liked some more than others, be professional to everyone. This leaves the door open for future job opportunities or recommendations. [via About Careers]

The last day still counts: Continue putting in all your effort up to the last day. Don’t slack off in the last few days or weeks; last impressions are very critical. [via About Careers]

Add them on LinkedIn, not Facebook: Update your LinkedIn profile to include the internship and then send invitations to the colleagues, mentors, and supervisors you worked with. You can also request recommendations on LinkedIn. (Tip: create a sample recommendation and include that sample with the request. This makes it much easier for people and thus more likely they will do it.) Don’t, however, friend them on Facebook, which is for personal contacts and family. [via U.S. News]

Thank you cards: Write a few personalized sentences to everyone you worked with about what you learned and how they could contact you in the future. [via Boundless]

Summarize your work: Compile a document with summaries of all the projects you completed over the summer. Include enough context, contact information of who you worked with, and login credentials if applicable. If a company wants to continue or edit your project, they should be able to do so easily. [via Boundless]


Follow the company: Especially if you want to work at the company in the future, keep up to date with the company. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets can make this very easy. [via Fastweb]

Get samples: Sometimes, the work you did is legal property of the company, but ask your supervisor for permission to include the samples in your portfolio. Get hard copies as websites and webpages may change or get erased. [via PR Daily]

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