Yikes! Did I just write that dreaded word… “Midterm”! (insert creepy organ music). Yes, for many of you summer interns out there this week likely marks a midway point for your internship experience. Take advantage of this mark in time. And ask yourself the following questions (don’t worry this won’t be graded):
1. Have you met with your supervisor lately? To receive feedback about your performance/how you’re doing or just to check in and see what other projects you could could assist with- midway through gives you a reason to stop by and say “Hi, can we meet sometime this week or next?”
2. What goals have you accomplished that you set out to achieve during your summer internship? or What goals have you not accomplished? Hopefully before you started your internship you and your supervisor met to make a list of achievable goals for the summer. But if you didn’t, it’s not to0 late to evaluate what you’ve been working on and how that matches up with your career or professional development. (i.e. say you want to learn to be a better presenter… ask your supervisor if there would be any opportunities for you to present on research or a project to your team or to clients)
3. Are you bored? Have you run out of things to do? If you have completed all of your assignments and your supervisor is too busy to give you other things to do, don’t let that stop you from learning more about the company you are working for. Consider asking your supervisor or a colleague if you can conduct informational interviews with others in the organization. I did this at an internship I did back in graduate school. I called others in leadership roles around the organization and asked if they had time for me to stop by for about one hour to talk about how they have gotten to where they are. I was sure to tell them that I was an intern at the organization and what my career goals where.
4. Are you saving examples of your work? If you are creating published works, designs, doing research, etc. inquire if it is allowed for you to make a photocopy or to save a copy of your work to a thumb drive. This will go a long way for you to develop a portfolio of sample work which can be used to show your professors or future employers what you are capable of producing.
Enjoy the rest of your internship and be sure to stay in touch with your career services office if you need more advice on how to make the most of your summer internship.