Wrapping up your internship for an return offer
As an ex-intern manager, i would like to go through what are some things i wished some of my interns had done that could have made my life easier.
Update your objectives
Did you do any additional tasks that you weren’t aware or set out to do? Did these take up a considerable amount of your time and you (hopefully) did a great job? Do make sure that you record these down and highlight them to your boss.
But does your manager or people around you know of the (good) things that you have done?
If there is a system that your company uses to record and track performance, make sure these are updated. It’s likely these are the ones that your manager will use by the end of the internship to give you a rating for an return offer.
If you aren’t tracking your objectives then you know that you are doing something else wrong. It is absolutely crucial to be marking and tracking down your task lists. Unfortunately if it’s at the end of the internship, you can start doing that for the next!
“These are my 10 achievements throughout this internship. But if you have only 5 mins to talk about me, talk about these top 3 things that demonstrates my critical thinking, partnership and control-driven mindset.”
Summarize your achievements
Done lots and would like to ensure they are recognized? Your manager probably does want to ensure they are as well. However your manager himself may have been bogged down with tons of work and may not have the time to go through everything you done and flag them up.
You can help by putting together a table of accomplishments and summarize it to your manager. And help to include a weightage by showing the top 3 biggest achievements first.
For me, i had to go through my emails where my intern had copied me in, so i can put down what she had accomplished. It took a good 30 mins before i felt ‘done!’ But you know it was probably only 10% of what she had accomplished!
Whilst it is important to get feedback for your own learning, there’s an often under-looked importance of getting feedback.
If you did your work well, your manager is probably fighting for your return offer. But sometimes odds may be against you if some mistakes were made. So what can you do?
Speak to your manager if there has been any feedback received for you, or if he has any feedback for you. Here you have a chance to respond to them so in case of any misunderstanding or miscommunication — they can be cleared up.
“I messed up here, but i updated my work, put in controls and ensured not just myself, but no one else in the team will make the same mistake!”
Meet others (for coffee)
If you have been doing a very good job (if you don’t know, feel free to message me for tips or ideas in the future), you should be in contact with many others. Sometimes they can be good advocates for the good work for what you are doing.
Try to get some good feedback from them, and send them to your manager. This way there’s more fire power and evidence of your strong partnership skills.
Co-worker: [Insert name] is a great intern. Whilst working with me, shes positive, helpful and goes beyond her tasks to make life better for everyone. A true asset!
Update your Resume
For all the good work you have done it’s time to update them into your resume. How to do this? Here’s what i usually recommend others. You should have just 3 lines in your resume for updates.
Line 1: Your job duty. Eg. Execute client service agreements and manage trade booking.
Line 2: Achievements. Eg. All trades were booked within SLA. No complaints received from clients.
Line 3: Stretched targets. Eg. Identified, raised on outdated operating models and revised them in 1 month.
Do you have other things you think you wished your intern or you would like to do at the end?