5 Clever things to do after your internship ends

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If you are a young, career-minded hopeful just completing your internship, don’t close the door on this experience just yet. There are at least five clever things to do after your internship ends.

Say thank you
This cannot be stressed enough. Say thank you to the company by sending a well-written letter, but also do so in person to the people you worked with during your employment. This is also a good time to ask for business cards.

Ask for an evaluation
Even if you think you did well, it is very helpful to get some constructive feedback from your employer. This may shed some light on areas where you can improve and help you prepare for your next job.

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Keep it confidential
It is always unwise and very unprofessional to share any confidential information about a current or former place of employment. This is especially true if you signed any type of non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. Not only can it cause you legal trouble, but it will also make you the person not to hire. No one wants to employ someone they cannot trust.

Be constructive, not destructive
Simply said, don’t bad-mouth any former employer. Word gets around in any industry,and you don’t want to be overlooked as a potential employee for being unprofessional. This includes not sharing through any type of social media. It will come back to haunt you and permanently damage your career before it ever gets started. If you share your experience on any level, make sure it is in an appropriate setting, and be constructive, not negative.

Keep in touch
In a perfect reality, there would be a job offer at the end of your internship. That probably won’t happen. However, do let your employer know you are interested if a position becomes available, and stay in touch after you leave with an occasional phone call or email. Anything more than that and you run the risk of losing any positive connection. The last place you want to end up is in someone’s spam filter.