Stay In Touch With Contacts - Ask the Intern Queen
Q: Hi Lauren,
I'm coming to the end of my internship at WGN News in Chicago, IL and I'm wondering what I should do for my supervisor? I've worked closely with him all summer and he's really taught me a lot. Is a thank-you card enough? Or should I do something more personal? --I want to make sure he remembers me so I can use him as a reference when I apply for jobs.Thanks! - Katie
Thanks for your note. I think student's across the nation are asking themselves the same question this week. You do not need to buy your internship coordinator/supervisor a gift. If you feel that's appropriate - that's fine but it's not expected or needed. Make sure you MAIL a HAND-WRITTEN Thank-You Note. If you want to go above and beyond, you could do something creative like baking cookies or find out your supervisor's favorite candy and bring some in to say thank you on the last day. Let them know that this is a small token of your appreciation.
The best thing you can do is STAY IN TOUCH. After you send the Thank-You note, make a "keep in touch" plan on your calendar. Towards the end of each semester, make sure to send over an email to your contact. The goal is to not let them forget who you are. Good luck!
Feel free to bring this up during #internchat tomorrow night on Twitter at 7PM EST.
"The Intern Queen"