Internships can provide excellent interludes where we experience
what it is like in an organization (conversations, interactions,
, assignments) can perform new and goal oriented work
(goal-setting, application of know how and knowledge),
can meet and work for a short term mentor, and see how
things are done in another setting (culture).
My career had three “internships”– two in a medical school
biochemistry lab and one in am NSF Center of Excellence
program. That was then, now interns need to be more proactive,
especially near the end of their internship experience.
In fact, I suggest doing AfterActionReviews of your
internship program and keep it in your Master resume
portfolio. AARs are recognized as a knowledge transfer
and retention tool for capturing implicit and tacit pieces.
[See Knowledge Management.. Administrative Services link]
For those early in their careers, it might be useful to start with
- outlining all the tasks and assignments, completed and
- communicating in person
- seeking feedback on areas of improvement
- asking for longer term connection with people in
your thank you communication.
People in your junior and senior years [REU programs and
such] and in your graduate career level are advised to display
the maturity of performing AARs, drawing conclusions and
offering reverse mentoring.
Detailed description of AARs: S. Salem-Schatz, D. Ordin,
B. Mittman, “Rapid Post-Project Assessment“