5 Can’t-Miss Lessons When Leaving Your Internship

by Nick Reitan

“All good things…” Well, you know the saying! It’s the most overused phrase; it truly feels like it was just yesterday I started interning at Sundog. This has been a whirlwind of an internship, providing some of the best experience outside of the classroom. It was hard to summarize all of the opportunities that I have been fortunate to participate in this year. As I look forward to graduation and new opportunities, I have some lessons from the past months to share with you.

Whether you’re in the same position as I am and finishing your experience or you’re looking for a new change of pace, you should know there are universal life lessons that come from transition. Here are 5 lessons that you can’t avoid during this transition:

1.

Ask for advice!
Seriously, nothing will provide you with a better feeling than getting a great wrap-up session. Hearing about how things went will give you a great idea for things to build upon during your next adventure. When it comes to your next steps, it’s great to hear about improvements you can make along the way. You’ll never know what to improve if you never ask, right?

2.

Write down your suggestions.
Take some time to write down your own feedback for the internship. You’ll help improve the experience for future interns by relaying your suggestions and improvements. You know best what worked well, and what didn’t. Try compiling your thoughts down into a neat and clean document, this makes it easy for your employer to review! Your comments go a long way, make sure that they make an impact.

3.

Backup your work.
It’s important to make sure that the work you’ve done is still available after you’re gone. If you’ve done projects for your internship, make sure they’re organized and archived for a later date. Additionally, if you’re able to, compile any samples you’re using for a portfolio. It’s easier to figure this all out before you no longer have access. Not only will this make your life easier, it will make it far less awkward to try and ask at a later date.

4.

Keep in contact.
If you enjoyed working with your teammates, stay in contact! People want to know what you’re up to. You never know how things evolve later on, keeping in touch might be a great connection opportunity for your future career search. I’m continually surprised how many connections I’ve gained just from the last year.

5.

Remember to say thank you.
The final, and most important tip is to show gratitude where it’s deserved. Make sure that you show your appreciation to the people who have helped you out. For me, there’s so much I can be thankful for, it’s hard to know where to begin. An email, IM, or a personal thank-you really does make someone’s day. For me, I have a lot of thanking to do!

It’s been a fun journey so far! I’ve been so glad to join you on this Sundog LAUNCH adventure. Remember to check out more blogs from our other excellent interns! Thank you again to all the supervisors, co-workers, and mentors who have helped me out along the way. I’ve been very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the excellent team here at Sundog! If you’re thinking about where to go for your next internship, look no further. You’ve found it.

Thanks for reading and as always, stay creative!
Intern Nick

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