As an internship winds down, it can be tempting to let your mind wander to what comes next. For a college student, that might be the upcoming semester. For others, it might be another internship or the search for a full-time position. No matter what your situation is, you need to stay focused at the end of your internship in order to get the most out of it. Be sure to do the following things before your last day as an intern.
– Network. If you’ve been slacking off on building your network, it’s never too late to start. Build relationships with your supervisor and others in your office as well as at outside events. Try to meet as many people as possible, and employ a method of tracking introductions so that you can follow up and thank them at the end of the summer.
– Get feedback. Once you’re gone, it may be harder to get feedback from your supervisor, so make sure to get it before you leave. Ask for a candid evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, and use it to improve in your next job and market yourself well during your job search.
– Let your contacts know what’s next for you. Tell people you what you’re going to do after your internship ends. They may be able to give you good advice, particularly if you ask for it, and some of them may be willing to continue to help you even after your internship ends.
– Ask about doing more work for the company. If you want to continue a relationship with the company you’re interning for, you need to be proactive about it. Meet with your supervisor and tell them how interested you are in continuing working for their company. Bring some ideas for things you might be able to do, and don’t be afraid to ask for compensation, even if your internship was unpaid.