With the arrival of August comes the final weeks of summer and for many students the final weeks of their internships. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the countdown of days remaining until you return home or are back on campus, here’s a few items for you to accomplish before wrapping up your internship.
Gather Contact Information
It is likely that you made valuable contacts during your experience; therefore you want to be sure to get the business cards of those individuals who you want to maintain relationships with before leaving your internship site. You should also invite them to connect with you on LinkedIn. Making them part of your LinkedIn network is an easy way for you to stay in touch and updated on their future promotions or professional career moves.
Before your last day, you want to ensure that you receive feedback on your performance. At Hyatt, each one of our interns receives a final evaluation that is reviewed with them before the conclusion of their internship. If the organization you interned with this summer does not have a formal evaluation process for interns, take the time to solicit informal feedback by scheduling time in advance with your direct manager or supervisor. Depending upon their availability, perhaps the two of you can meet for coffee or lunch.
You may want to let them know in advance the goal for your meeting. Perhaps when inviting them, say “Before the end of my internship, can we have coffee or lunch together? I value your opinion and would like to hear any feedback or advice you have for me on how effective I was this summer and how I can be even more successful during future internships.” This will allow your supervisor some time to gather their thoughts and suggestions in advance.
You may also want to consider preparing a few questions, no more than 5 total, that can help the conversation between the two of you be even more targeted. Be mindful that the questions are open-ended and are truly questions that you want answered. In other words, be sure to ask good questions!
Depending upon their feedback, you may also want to ask for a reference or recommendation letter or their permission to use them as a professional reference.
Discuss Next Steps
If you really enjoyed your internship and want to grow further with the organization, be sure to inquire about opportunities to do so. I’m a big believer that “a closed mouth doesn’t get fed”, so if you want to intern with them again or perhaps come aboard permanently, make sure your desires are known. Do this by sharing your interests during a one-on-one meeting with your supervisor or circling back to your recruiter and asking about next steps if you want to stay or return to the organization.
Lastly, be sure to say thank you! Either via email or a handwritten thank you note (my favorite!), you want to take the time to extend your gratitude and perhaps share what you liked or enjoyed most about your internship experience. Industry is very small, so you want to leave your internship on a positive note and with the clarity that if you were to run into the individuals you worked with this summer that they would be happy to see you!
Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers. Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee. During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at blog.hyatt.jobs.