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Ending Your MBA Internship on the Right Foot

In this new blog series, our mbaMission Career Coaches offer invaluable advice and industry-related news to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. To schedule a free half-hour consultation with one of our mbaMission Career Coaches, click here.

With many MBA internships winding down in the next week or two, we wanted to offer a few pieces of advice on how to end your experience on a positive note:

  • Perform at 100% until the last day of your internship. Continue to show the firm that you are a valuable asset who can contribute to the organization and who is passionate about the business. Along with your manager, determine who will take over your work, and then ensure the transition goes smoothly by setting up meetings and documenting your work to date.
  • Seek final feedback on your performance. Understand your strengths and areas for improvement as well as where things stand regarding your chances of receiving a full-time job offer. (Note: Not all companies plan to extend full-time offers at the end of internships, but you should know how the firm evaluated your performance and any next steps for keeping in touch about the potential for future opportunities.)
  • Thank your co-workers, manager, MBA recruiter, and any key advocates for supporting you throughout your internship. If people went out of their way to help you acclimate to your new role, you may even want to express your appreciation to them via email or by leaving a handwritten note on their desk.
  • Consider inviting your colleagues to connect on LinkedIn. Of course, before you do so, ensure you have updated your LinkedIn profile with your internship details. (You can find tips on creating a strong LinkedIn profile here.)

We hope that your internship was enjoyable—or at least that it helped you gain new skills and informed your thinking on your full-time career goals. As you prepare to return to campus and potentially engage in full-time recruiting, consider reaching out to see how an mbaMission Career Coach can help.

Have you been admitted to business school? If so, do you want to get a head start on defining your career goals? Do you need help preparing for job interviews or learning how to effectively network with your target employers? Or maybe you want to be a top performer in your current role but are unsure how to maximize your potential. Let an mbaMission Career Coach help via a free 30-minute consultation!




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