How do I gracefully wrap up my co-op internship?
August 13, 2012 1:43 PM Subscribe
I'm finishing up at a co-op internship in two weeks. I'm a bit nervous about the wrap-up.
posted by kitcat to Work & Money (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If relevant, this co-op has been at an IT company and I've been working mainly as a developer/analyst (although I didn't get to write a whole lot of code).
What is the best way to proceed if I want to a) have a truthful discussion of my performance with my supervisor, and b) want to leave things open on whether or not I'd like to work here when I graduate, which will be in a mere four months? Also, how do I end things on a particularly good note?
Basically, I'm feeling awkward because I'm not sure if I would accept a position here in the future. On the other hand, I still would like them to want me to work here... So I feel like I'm asking to have my cake and eat it too. This would also feel less awkward if I had a more familiar relationship with my supervisor, but this isn't the case as he's been largely absent due to being busy/a re-org/vacation/illness. And less awkward if I'd had to opportunity to write more code. And less awkward if I didn't have hard-to-mask bad feelings about the co-op because of his general absence, about having gone through long periods without work to do, and poor communication and follow-up with me and the other students about our work. Lest you think: bad organization, run!, the employees here seem to be really happy.
I'm going to request a meeting with my supervisor to go over my final evaluation (rather than just receiving it from him via email, signing off on it and sending to my school without discussing it further). I hope to accomplish a) and b) the above in this meeting. Advice on what to say and how to say it?
General advice on wrapping up a co-op is also greatly appreciated.
tl;dr: how to wrap up a co-op without saying: I'd really look forward to working with you again!