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The End-Of-Internship Checklist

August 17, 2011


Your internship may be coming to an end, but there’s still some work to do:

1. If you didn’t like the internship, evaluate the reasons why before making any drastic decisions. While it may have been the fault of the company, it also may have been that your expectations were not realistic. More tips on what to do.

2. Keep in touch if you had a great experience and think you may want to return to the company in the future. Be proactive about ways that you can continue to be a benefit to the company, and end on a good note.

3.  Ask for references. This may be the most important and valuable thing you do at the end of your internship. Get a great recommendation by properly asking  for one (and by being a great intern, of course).

4. Thank the people who have helped you during your internship, create a list so you don’t forget about anyone. Who to thank and how to thank them.

Thank You Card

Saying Thank You to those who helped you during your internship is must.

5. Update your resume! That was the whole point of this, wasn’t it? Don’t wait until you need your resume; update it while your accomplishments are still fresh in your mind.

Depending on what kind of experience you had, the end of your internship may be the best or worst part. Use this time to decide what you want to do next!

Have anything to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Eric Woodard August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Synthia!
Re: 1 and 4 – it's all about maintaining an attitude of gratitude.

If your internship sucked, but you show gratitude, you win.

If your internship was great, but you show gratitude, you win.

If you show gratitude at the end of an internship, you can't lose.


Synthia August 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

Good point, Eric!


vibha August 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

well I think….Students who are still studying get the option to work, prove their talent and gather experience at the same time. “Internship after college was very difficult and dreadful, this is what my seniors told me. But, youth4work changed it all; I got my internship while I was studying. All thanks to youth4work”


Afnan Idris December 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I LOVE this article! So many students don't realize that getting the internship is only the begining! Even after the internship there is work to be done!


kelvin pinet December 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I believe sometimes the last impression is even better than the first.


Synthia December 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

That is great – never have thought of it that way! It makes sense.


Bruce Knoll March 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

At the end of every learning experience, you should take time to review everything you learned and figure out how to apply that knowledge to your future. At the end of an internship, there are also questions you must answer for yourself. Is this the type of job I want to have? Is this the type of career I want to get into? Is this the type of company or industry I want to work for? Based on your answers, you then create a strategy for what your next steps should be. Yes, the end of an internship is just the beginning of the next phase of your career launch initiatives.


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