I'm an incoming SDE intern and will be joining the team at the end of this month. I'm eager to get started and make the most of this opportunity. Last summer, I feel like I didn't perform up to my own expectations and left some room for improvement. I was fortunately to have a return offer but I think I don't really deserve it. This summer, I am committed to learning from my past experiences and striving to do my best.As part of my preparation, I'm planning to have a meeting with our manager to discuss my goals for this summer.
If your goal is a full-time return offer, I would look to be explicit with your manager around the expectations for a return offer and look to see if they can define behaviors and milestones they expect you to meet during your internship. Every 2 weeks - 1 month, I'd skew the 1:1 conversation to get a sense of where they think you're trending. If you have a mentor, I'd look to lean more on them for tactical feedback (if you don't have one, get your manager to pair you up with one).