This is blog post was written by Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Ava Keck from Miami University of Ohio.
The summer internship season is now gone and the days of analyzing, reporting, or getting coffee are officially over. Regardless of if you want to work for the company after graduation or not, growing your network is a vital part to your success. Here are some recommendations for keeping in touch after your internship so you’ll have contacts to turn to later on!
- Attend campus events: On a variety of campuses, companies will have campus recruiters visiting the school. If the company that you interned for is at one of these events, make sure you reach out! Not only is it great to go to the event but also volunteer to help. For example, the company I interned with holds information sessions prior to our Career Fair, and I reached out to the campus recruiter about helping out. At the Information Session I was able to share my experiences from the summer.
- Visit: If you are ever back in the area, reach out to the people that you worked with. If your supervisor or coach has time, stop by and say hi, maybe even grab coffee. This is helpful because not only are you connecting with the individuals on a more personal basis but you also get to see what is happening in the office where you use to work. If you worked at one branch but are interested in another, you could utilize your connections and see if there is a possibility of you touring a different office or sector.
- Stay in contact: Connect on LinkedIn! Even if your internship ended up not being what you expected, you never know where your connections will be ten years from now. This is an easy way to stay connected and monitor people’s career paths with just a click of button. You can also reach out via email on a semester basis. Give them an update on yourself and ask how they are doing, but make sure to keep it short and sweet!
- Reach out to fellow interns: Not only is it important to connect with the professionals at the company, but make an effort to keep in contact with other interns! Connect with them on LinkedIn or Facebook because you might want to follow their progress in the future. Who knows, maybe they will be working somewhere after graduation that you’re interested in. Since you all spent a summer together and became fairly good friends, it’s likely that they will help you find an internship or job or let you know of any opportunities that they hear about.
- Offer to help after: For certain companies or types of internships, you can work from home! Ask if you can help with anything after you finish. This might be something as easy as spreading the word about the company to other qualified students or to blog for a magazine. Some companies might also need help with analyzing data or compiling information that you can do at a remote location. This gives you more experience and to build more relationships.