Internships are key in moving from college to the real world. A great internship may look excellent on paper; however, it’s what comes after your internship that can bring you the greatest benefits.
The real world connection and experiences you makes while working at an internship are often times some of the easiest things to gain. While inversely they can often times be some of the easiest things to loose.
So what should you do when you’re done with an internship? Here are four tips:
- Keep up the Conversation: Maintaining the relationship that you and your employer had is key. In the future, they may be able to find you another internship, a potential job offer, or serve a resource for a project you are doing.
- Get Recommendations: Recommendations highlight the work that you produced for your employer. They are a great way to get future companies to earn respect for your ideas in the corporate world. They give great insight into who you are as a person, and as a worker rather than what they see on your resume.
- Tell You the Good and the Bad: Great internships are all about learning. Your employer’s critique of the work you produced during your internship will only make you stronger. Good and bad critique may enable you to hone in on your skill sets and indentify what you should focus on in the future.
- Spread the Word: Promoting your previous employer only makes you look better amongst your peers and future employers. Even if you had a terrible internship experience, spin it and tell people how about what you learned. Sharing your good and not so good experiences at your internship tells people that you are able to move forward – instant personal PR.
Be sure to keep your previous employer informed of your work endeavors. The contacts you maintain will be beneficial to you in the long run. As you embark on your professional career, keep the people who saw you at your start around for your professional journey!
What other tips do you have for students after they end their internship?