May is just around the corner and your spring semester internship is wrapping up. While sitting in your cubicle, you can’t stop thinking about summer vacation or graduation and your “big kid” job. You realize your internship isn’t over yet, but you can’t help but count down the minutes to your last day.
Sometimes it’s easy for interns to mentally “check out” of the last couple of weeks of their internships—just like the last few weeks of classes. Whether you’re burnt out or your intern projects are already complete, these could be some of the reasons you’re feeling “senioritis.” Although it’s tempting to dream about summer at work, you need to make sure you are staying focused and performing your best up to the end.
If you’re trying to get back on track with your internship, here are six ways to keep you going strong through the end:
1. Make a to-do list. Are there only four weeks left of your internship, but you’re starting to feel scatter-brained? Get organized by making a list of everything you have to complete by the end of your internship. After you figure out what has to be completed, prioritize the tasks. Once you figure out what needs to be done, split up your responsibilities and create deadlines for each task.
2. No more procrastination. After being an intern for three (or more) months, you’ve probably had your fill of ups and downs with your work and supervisor. If you’re putting off the tedious tasks until last minute, try to get yourself back on track. Put your phone away and log off of Facebook. The last several weeks of your internship are very important to your success, so don’t ruin it with procrastination and “senioritis.”
3. Stop multitasking. If you’re trying to complete multiple projects at a time, stop. If you are cramming to get your work done, make sure you are taking the time to do each task well. Never sacrifice the quality of your work. Be sure to focus on each task at hand to successfully complete them, even if it means working late for a few nights.
4. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor. If you find that you aren’t able to focus on anything, set up a meeting with your supervisor. They can help you take a look at what needs to be done before you leave, focus on deadlines, and get you working more efficiently.
5. Focus on doing your very best. Don’t let your thoughts of hanging by the pool or relocating to your new job get the best of you. It’s very important to focus on the moment and remember you are still an intern! Don’t let your work ethic slip because you are too focused about moving on to a different experience.
6. Keep your head in the game. You aren’t free until your thank you letter is submitted and you have said your final goodbyes. Make sure you stay on top of every task and keep your mind in the office. No matter how easy it is to let your mind wander off, always pay attention to your work. Remember, the experience isn’t over yet. There is still time for you to bring your talent to the table and impress your boss’ socks off.
Internships are the most important thing you can do to prepare yourself for after college. Don’t ruin a great opportunity by being lazy the last few weeks of your internship. Your supervisor will notice the change in work ethic and won’t be impressed if you start slacking off. During the final weeks of your internship, you need to show your supervisor what you learned from the experience and what you will be taking away once you leave. Just remember, you can prevent “senioritis” in your internship by focusing on what you will have accomplished by the end.
Have you experienced “senioritis” in an internship? What did you do to stay motivated during the final weeks?