UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. Finance
GMAT 760, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Angel Investor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.20
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Said Business School | Ms. Creative Planner
GMAT 690, GPA 3.81 / 5.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Wedding Music Business
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Break Into Buy-Side
GMAT 780, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Perseverance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Politics Abroad
GRE 332, GPA 4.2/4.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Canadian Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. Fintech To Tech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.54

3 Things to Do Before Your Internship Ends

careerSummer internships offer an incredibly important opportunity to build relationships, skills, and experience en route to a rewarding full-time position. Before your internship ends, consider seizing these three opportunities to get the most leverage from your experience.

Say Your Arrivedercis

Whether you accept a full-time offer, start a new job search in your backyard, or move across the world to join a completely different firm, it’s important to cement the relationships you built over the summer. A robust and thriving network is key to your long-term success: it will lead to future opportunities that you can’t predict now. So remember to take time to ensure that the people you have met and worked with become solid members of your network.

Start by making a list of everyone who fits into one of these categories:

  • Supervisors, mentors, champions, and advocates
  • Collaborators, peers, and colleagues
  • Subordinates, people you managed
  • People you didn’t work with directly but who helped you out at some point
  • People you wish you had gotten to know better
  • Anyone else who comes to mind as someone you want to stay connected to

Now, take time to personally connect with each of these people before the summer ends. It is one thing to send a mass “Goodbye, everybody, it’s been real!” email. Definitely be sure to give people your personal email address and let them know how to reach you in the future. Connecting on LinkedIn is also a good idea. But those actions won’t deepen the relationship. Real relationships require a personal touch. So take them out for coffee or lunch. Pass by their office for a final quick chat. Call them. Have a genuine conversation with them to let them know you appreciate them and that you want to keep in touch. We call this “saying your arriverdercis” instead of “saying your goodbyes,” because arrivederci is Italian for “until we meet again.” It promises that the relationship has a future.

Collect Constructive Feedback

Learning how to fail gracefully could be one of the most important things you do in your career, because failure ultimately leads to success. But even if you have excelled during your summer internship, do not forget to leverage a final opportunity to learn from it. If your supervisor delivers a final performance review, be sure to think carefully about the areas for development he or she identifies. Schedule conversations with your key reviewers to ask follow-up questions and seek guidance on next steps for your personal growth.

But don’t limit yourself only to your official reviewers.  In your farewell coffee chats with collaborators, peers, and subordinates, take a moment to ask them for some final advice and feedback.  Don’t neglect office staff and other people you worked with indirectly in the course of business. Asking people for their input not only further deepens your relationship with them, but can also yield surprising insights into potential areas for growth.

Get Out of Town

Last but not least, plan a vacation. Don’t neglect your friends, family, or desire to explore the world! Work is important, but so is play. Taking time off allows you to internalize the lessons you gained over the summer. More importantly, if you return to campus with some new experiences under your belt  and refreshed from a week or two of relaxation, your next term will get off to an even better start.

Angela Guide, Founder & CEO of Career Protocol

Angela Guido runs Career Protocol, the web’s most refreshing destination for no-nonsense career advice and awesome professional development coaching. She’s helped thousands of MBAs get into dream schools and dream jobs while staying true to themselves. Want to turn your career from meh to HOLY COW AMAZING?!!! Angela has an MBA from Booth and extensive post-MBA experience at the Boston Consulting Group.


This bi-weekly series will teach you how to get the most out of your career by building meaningful professional relationships, elevating your self-awareness, learning to talk about yourself powerfully, and positioning yourself to get what you want in the long term while making the most of the opportunities you encounter along the way. To learn more about how to actively manage your career, check out Angela’s advice at the MBA Career Coaches blog or schedule a free consultation with her.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.