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How should I go about the internship postmortem/last meeting? Not feeling good about it

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Intern at Taro Communitya month ago

For context, I didnt feel like I meshed well with my team even though I tried my best, the project was very complex and not well scoped out and there was a lot of dependencies resulting in a less than ideal scenario. Im sensing there is not really a chance in me returning. I would still like to get as much feedback from the experience and know how I can do better, but it seems my manager is not providing that feedback at this stage when I ask him for feedback on how Ive done. (might be because the intern presentation and final outcome is only given in the next 2 weeks) Im not sure if I should still bother with this, or even mentioning my goal to return if Im sensing that he doesnt seem to be excited to work with me? Im interning at another company next term that Im very excited about and I really want to make sure I dont repeat the same mistakes. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a month ago

    it seems my manager is not providing that feedback at this stage when I ask him for feedback on how Ive done

    How are you asking for feedback? As I talk about in the onboarding course, one way to uplevel the feedback you get is to make it really specific. A few ways you can do this:

    • Task-specific feedback: "what's one way I could have made my presentation to the team better?"
    • Behavioral feedback: "I feel I ask too many questions at the beginning of the project when there's a lot of ambiguity. I'm curious how you see it?"

    It's much harder for your manager to duck out of feedback if you phrase it in the above ways.

    Also, this is extremely relevant: How to go about intern to full time conversation call?

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      Intern [OP]
      Taro Community
      a month ago

      thanks!