By Yasmin Codron, Marketing Assistant & Online Researcher at GRB
You’ve learnt valuable skills, you’ve made some great contacts, but your internship is now coming to an end. Your last week is not the time to sit back and relax; this is your chance to make a lasting impression and show them how much of a professional and desirable employee you really are. The Graduate Recruitment Bureau gives some easy tips on how to end your internship on a good note, and even make them want you to come back.
Send a thank you card
It’s always recommended to show your gratitude by saying thank you. Even if you can’t wait to get out of there, show your respect and be polite. Send hand written thank you cards to your supervisors and to the people you worked with in the office. It adds a personal touch that goes a long way.
Keep in touch
You have made some interesting and helpful contacts, so why let them go? Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and connect with members of the team. It is well worth connecting with colleagues on LinkedIn, as business emails change over time but LinkedIn will always be there to allow you to keep in touch with past colleagues.
When a few months have passed, email them saying you like what they have done recently, or congratulate them on their recent achievements. Don’t feel embarrassed to do this; keep yourself fresh in their minds and leave a lasting impression.
Tie up loose ends
ALWAYS make sure to finish your tasks and tie up loose ends before you leave. If you have been working on a project that will require more time than you have left at the company, write a status report on what needs to be done, so your employers will know where to pick it up from. Go that extra mile and show how dedicated you are. This is how they will remember you.
Talk with supervisor
Schedule a meeting with your supervisor before you leave. Take this opportunity to get helpful insight on the industry, review the progress you’ve made and assess your strengths and weaknesses. This will be of much benefit to you, as this feedback can help you strengthen job application for your next job interview. Make sure to also ask for a letter of recommendation for your CV.
End your chat with saying how much you enjoyed your experience and appreciated the opportunity to work for them, as this will leave the door open for future prospects of working at the company…