Making the Transition from Your Summer Internship/Job

So, it is nearing the end of summer “vacation,” and you may be preparing to head back to college. This summer opportunity is a valuable asset to your portfolio of experiences, so it is essential that you leave on great terms. This could be the opportunity that leads into a full-time, post-graduate job offer. Whether your internship/job is completed or you still have a few weeks remaining, here are some tips on making a successful transition:

Reflect and refine your interests.

For some of you, the internship/job may have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For others, it may have affirmed that this is not an industry for you. Regardless, take the time to consider what you liked, what you didn’t like, and how you plan to utilize the skills you learn. Refine your goals and the steps you may need to take to reach these goals. Speak with a Career Counselor if you need help in your goal-setting or career exploration. Our new industry-based counseling model could give you clarity in those “next steps.”

Stay connected to the individuals who have your “dream job.”

You should remain in contact with your supervisor, if you all had a positive working relationship, following your internship/job. This may be more common knowledge. These individuals can put in a good word for you when you begin your job search or enter graduate/professional school. Outside of your supervisors, you should connect with individuals in your company who hold positions of interest for you. You can obtain valuable information from them on how to obtain that role later in your career. They can help you get the skills and experiences necessary. These individuals may also be able to serve as a reference for you in the coming months!

Update your resume as soon as possible.

We all know what happens once classes begin. It becomes more and more challenging to take time for you and your career planning. While information is still fresh in your mind, take the time to update your resume. Include at least 5-6 bullet points with responsibilities and outcomes from this internship/job. This may be more-than-enough when it comes to picking and choosing the relevance of each item. Additionally, include any projects in which you took the lead or a major role. In the fall and spring semesters, we will send out requests for resume books. This is your chance to include your updated resume for a variety of internship or full-time positions with alumni and parents.

Get some rest and relaxation.

Internships and summer jobs are some of the hardest, most demanding experiences you will face in your career. You may be overworked and stressed beyond belief. Use the last few weeks as a time to rest up for the fall semester.


Scott Busiel