Internships are an excellent way to start experiencing what your field of study has to offer. Many students or people who begin to enter the workforce may not have heard of report writing for an internship. This article will discuss how to create an internship report in detail with examples.
What is an internship report?
An internship report is a summary of what you learned during your time interning with a specific company. Many employers require one after an internship is completed. The report should be professionally written, just as if you were a regular employee. The report describes experience, the type of role and skills gained during the course of the internship. It is a great tool to help as you apply for future internship opportunities and full-time opportunities once you graduate.
How to write an internship report
Writing an internship requires planning.
Here are the steps to how to write an internship report:
1. Firstly, write the title
Place the title in the cover letter. Write the name of your school, your name, interning dates and the company’s contact information. The title should pinpoint the theme of your duties, so there should be a title for each page.
2. Secondly, outline the table of contents
Add a table of contents so the employer knows what to expect from your report. This should be the first part of your report.
3. Thirdly, write the introduction
Introduce the characteristics of the company. For example, tell what their daily operations are like and industry status. This can show you have a thorough understanding of the business you interned with.
4. Then, write about your duties and responsibilities
Elaborate on the duties you performed during the internship. Describe what your daily routine was like, who you worked with and any projects you worked on. Try to include numbers where possible to quantify your work.
5. Next, describe what you learned
Consider what you learned about the company and your work. Detail any new skills or programs you learned while you were there. Try to relate your experience to your college coursework to show you gained valuable knowledge.
6. Finally, end with a conclusion
Add a brief conclusion about your internship experience. Explain anything you want to learn more about, such as different project management or accounting processes. Your conclusion should be one paragraph.
Remember that the internship employer, professor and future hiring managers could read your internship report, so keep it instructive and professional.
Examples of internship reports
Depending on your intern position and the company, your internship report may be slightly different.
Here are some examples of internship reports by type of career:
Example for an MBA summer internship report
Internship Report: Good Ventures
June 3, 2018 to July 31, 2018
Table of Contents
- Ongoing Considerations
Good Ventures provides real estate consultation services to the United States. With a top-five ranking in the real estate field, Good Ventures is sufficiently qualified to help customers make wise investment decisions.
From June to July 2018, I worked in Good Ventures’ residential investment section as an intern. There were 10 employees in total.
My duties at Good Ventures were consulting on fix-and-flips prices and advising about the best market seasons to invest. I also helped employees prepare financial reports based on profits from individual sales for June and July.
I learned how to use Good Ventures’ in-house software that compared company prices to market value. Although the company is very fast-paced and it was challenging to complete all of my duties, I gained valuable experience, learned how to manage my time and how to organize work to maximize efficiency.
In the two months with Good Ventures, I feel I was able to learn as much as I could. However, I would like to learn more about the real estate market, including how to price new builds and how to discuss mortgage services for first-time buyers.
This internship experience was important in building my business administration skills. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get practical experience.
Example for an accounting student’s internship report
April – December 2011
Table of Contents
- Description of the Company
- Information about the Internship
- Review of Experience
- Reflection on Learning
Description of the Company
May Financial was established in 1998 with the goal of providing accounting services to the Middle Eastern retail stores in the United States. The company’s objective is to audit for various grocery stores to ensure they gained maximum profit. May Financial plays an important role in the industry by offering top services in product placement analysis, helping stores increase their sales volume. I decided to intern with the company because their objective was similar to the goal I am pursuing.
Information about the Internship
My role at May Financial was to audit clients’ financial statements. I worked with 20 employees in auditing grocery sales trends. Additional duties included collecting data, creating auditing reports and presenting findings to my manager.
Review of Experience
While I was interning at May Financial, I gained the ability to conduct sales content. I found analyzing and conducting content very important in helping me enhance auditing sales content. I thought this process of auditing required the knowledge of advanced concepts, but it helped me understand how to conduct gap analysis by auditing numbers, processing and measuring form.
Reflection on Learning
May Financial has successfully introduced me to the industry. I realized that I needed to develop confidence in accounting details. It would be preferable if I finished checking numbers at a faster pace, as reconciling statements was time-consuming.
In conclusion, I believe I learned a lot from my supervisors and about accounting in general.