The summer is winding down. Soon, you’ll be leaving your internship and going back to campus. You had a great summer at a wonderful place of employment and you don’t want to lose any progress you made. If you’ve really enjoyed your summer internship, you want to make sure you can stay connected, and this is how. In addition, these tips can also apply to anyone trying to stay connected to a former job or boss.
1) Leave on a good note with contact information
They cannot contact you if they don’t have your information. On your last day in the office, or even during the last week, be sure to say a proper goodbye. Thank your supervisors and coworkers for a great time. Be sure to leave your desk as clean as you found it and leave all company materials in an easy to find location. Leave an email address, a phone number, and a mailing address on file with HR or your immediate supervisor. Be sure to jot down the same information for yourself. That will make the following steps much easier.
2) Send holiday or birthday check-ins
One of the biggest struggles with “keeping in touch” is finding the right balance to feel connected without being overbearing. Birthday and holidays are the perfect way to ease into this on a normal schedule without feeling like you’re overstepping any boundaries. Send a card on birthdays or major holidays, or even an email. You don’t have to get your former boss a gift, especially not if months have passed since you’ve been in the office. Sending them a quick note to wish them a happy birthday, a happy Hanukkah, or a merry Christmas can go a long way. They’ll know you’re attentive and remember your name long after your internship ends.
3) Share your accomplishments and theirs
Did you get a big award at school? Did your supervisor recently get a promotion within the company? Celebrate it! Your boss got to know you for months during your internship. They’re invested in your success. They’ll love hearing about how you’ve taken things you learned during your internship and applied them in the real world. Likewise, they’ll feel really appreciated if you stay connected and celebrate their accomplishments with them. Check out their LinkedIn profile every now and then and see what they’re up to.
4) Freelance if possible
This won’t apply to every internship or job, but if the main focus of your position was writing, editing, or something you can do remotely, consider reaching out and offering to do freelance work for the company when possible. Doing so can manifest as making social media posts, writing book reviews or blog posts, covering local news at your university, et cetera. Be sure to communicate to your supervisor that you would be open to any freelancing opportunity they could send your way.
5) Consider returning
If you’re savvy enough to have landed a good internship before your final summer in college, consider returning to a job you loved the next summer or during the school year if it is close by. Returning to an internship is a great way to show that you are interested in the company, devoted, and would like a job there in the future.