How to Write an Internship Report

How to Write an Internship Report
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Programs of study requiring students to complete an internship often also ask for an internship report to fulfill degree requirements. Writing such reports gives students an opportunity to practice the art of organizing information and communicating it with clarity. Although specifics may vary, most internship reports should contain details of the work students performed in a given discipline and also highlight their critical and analytical thinking skills.

Create a page that states the title of your report, the name and address of the company where you completed your internship, your name and the name of the school for which you are preparing the internship report.

Insert an executive summary that provides a synopsis of the information you describe in your report. (Write this after completing the entire report, summing up the activities you performed during the internship and your major findings and recommendations, if you have any.)

Provide a description of the company and the specific department where you performed the internship. This is useful background information for anyone reading the report. Describe the purpose of the project on which you worked.

Provide information about the scope of your project, the data collection methods you used and a summary of the information you obtained. Analyze the data and discuss the implications of your findings. All this information forms the main body of the report in an investigative internship. If your internship is related to business management, write about the working conditions in the organization, the flow of activities there, and the principles the company adopts for managing its processes, resources and workforce.

Conclude with a summary of your main observations and write about what you learned through the internship. Make sure this portion addresses the objective you stated in the introductory part of the report. Present your observations about areas that will benefit from some change, and if you have any suggestions for improvement, propose those as a recommendation.

Add a section that describes what you learned and the skills you gained through the internship. Highlight the connection between the hands-on learning during the internship with the theoretical concepts of your course of study.

Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.