After The Internship
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If you made the most of your internship, then you are
ready to turn your experience into a catalyst for your
future career. Many firms and organizations turn to their
intern pools to recruit for entry-level positions. You
can capitalize on this trend, not only by doing an outstanding
job throughout your internship, but by following through
with the following steps after your internship is complete.
Keep in Touch:
Shortly after you finish your internship, send thank-you
notes to your supervisor, mentors, and any colleagues
who went out of their way to enrich your experience.
You might also consider sending a note to one of the
firm's executives or someone in Human Resources who
oversees the internship program. All of these people
might be valuable contacts in the future and all deserve
written thanks if you have enjoyed your internship and
learned from your experience.
Assess your Experience:
While your internship experience is fresh in your mind,
reflect on what you learned about yourself and the industry
in which you worked. Evaluate the work environment and
corporate culture. What do your conclusions tell you
about your interest in the industry in which you worked
or in the role in which you played?
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Update your Paperwork:
For your resume, craft a suitable paragraph that highlights
your responsibilities and accomplishments as an intern.
You can use some of your reflections as generated in
the point above to steer you toward the duties that
you most want to emphasize to future employers. If you
need help integrating your new experience into your
existing resume use printed and online resources to
unify your draft. Also, write your mentor or supervisor
and request a letter of recommendation. In your request,
you should include your updated resume as well as a
cover sheet that illuminates the kinds of assessments
you have made about your experience. Give your recommender
as much material and insight as you can as to what you
hope he or she will write about. The more reflection
and effort you put into your request for a letter of
recommendation, the better your letter will be.
Pursue New Opportunities:
Use your internship as a springboard for your next career
move. If the company you worked with is not hiring at
the moment or you want to pursue a related but not identical
internship opportunity, don't be afraid to ask your
former colleagues for helpful advice. You might be surprised
at how willing they might be to provide you with contacts
either at competing firms or with clients doing the
kind of work you are interested in. Always follow through
with people who offer you their time, and remember that
if you prove lazy or inconsistent with follow-through
that your actions will reflect poorly upon the person
who is helping you out. Always act professionally and
value the network of which you are a part.