With most internships coming to an end in the next couple of weeks, it’s time to start thinking about final intern presentations. Most internships that you have will have some type of period where you are expected to present to the leadership team about everything that you accomplished during your internship. This can be an intimidating experience if it’s something that you haven’t done before, so I have some tips to help you get started and get through that presentation.
The first and best way for you to start thinking about your presentation is to create some type of storyboard. Reflect on your internship thus far and think about a couple different things: what the executives want to see, what were the accomplishments, what were the goals and challenges, and overall what is the layout going to look like. The way that I have done my layout is a simple intro slide with an agenda, I talk a little bit about myself including goals, I move onto the actual projects, then wrap up with key takeaways, a thank you and finally questions. Once you have the storyboard laid out and you make sure that it flows well, your presentation will be easy to build in PowerPoint.
While you start writing the actual content of your project, make sure that you are keeping it high level and staying out of the weeds. Your slides should be simple with keywords and simple statements. Avoid putting sentences and paragraphs of text on your slide. All your detail should come from what you say, and your slides should just be used as a basic summary of that. Make sure that you pay attention to grammar and avoid acronyms and cliché sayings that will detract from what the message if that you’re trying to convey.
Since your slides won’t be taken up entirely by words, don’t shy away from using images to emphasize your points. Utilize clip art, graphs, charts, tables, screenshots from your project, whatever you think will help you jazz up that presentation. Make sure that you keep in mind the colors that you choose you for your charts and graphs. It’s important that they go with your template and that the colors aren’t too harsh, but still differentiable from other colors in the charts. In addition to that, the pictures should be applicable and appropriate for your presentation and your audience.
Finally, let’s talk about the actual presentation. Once the PowerPoint is done, it’s important to prepare for how you’re going to present it. It’s important to practice multiple times and get down what you are going to say about each slide or project that you are talking about. In addition, make sure that you practice in front of people (ex: other interns, mentors, coworkers in your department) this way you will work on getting the eye contact down and will feel more comfortable with this information in front of people. They should also be able to give you some great feedback on things that you’re doing well and things you could improve upon. Practice truly does make perfect when it comes to these presentations. The more you present it, the more confident and comfortable you will be in front of the leadership team.
While presentations can be very stressful, keep in mind that these are still only a portion of your internship. It’s not the end all be all, but to combat some of those stressors and knock this PowerPoint out of the park, the points above that I made can really help you out if you work at them. With that, I leave you with a simple good luck and go bucks!