Thousands of college students recently wrapped up their summer internships. No doubt they met lots of new people, made new friends, and hopefully had outstanding work experiences.
If you’re one of these lucky interns, then I suspect that your work session will soon be a distant memory as as you shift your focus back to classes, projects (maybe some parties), and old friends.
Before you lose touch entirely with your internship, though, I want to strongly suggest that you invest a little more time to take two important actions to bring closure to the experience and with the people you met.
In the 5-minute video below (from my STRAIGHT TALK GUIDE titled, DOMINATING YOUR INTERNSHIP), I outline detailed suggestions for how to show appreciation to all the people who helped and supported you. I also offer important steps you should take to stay connected to many of your internship coworkers and other people you met.
Internships Offer Amazing Benefits
Internships offer tremendous opportunities to learn about industries, jobs, and careers that might appeal to you, but I’m convinced that the biggest benefits of an internship are the real world people skills you develop and the relationships you get a chance to start building.
Your Follow-up Actions Are Key
Showing appreciation and staying connected to the many good people you met is not only the courteous and right thing to do, but it’s also an important step towards building and expanding your professional network of supportive relationships.
Question: What was your internship experience like and how did you express appreciation to your coworkers? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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