This is the final summer blog post from Grace Mangigian,
a people operations and marketing intern at
PeopleLinx, a start-up located in Philadelphia.
Thank you, Grace, for your wonderful insight
and sharing your summer experiences!
I finished my internship a week ago. So now what? Well, if you were funded through the college, make sure to fill out any required forms, like a write-up of your experience, etc. But even before you get to this, there are a few things you should remember.
Meeting Mr. Whitehead was definitely one of the highlights of my summer!
Write thank you notes: While the experience is still fresh on your mind, send those people who helped you handwritten thank you notes. For me, I worked closely with the HR director and the marketing team. It’s not necessary to thank everyone, but be sure to acknowledge the important people. They will be left with a positive impression of you, and you never know if you will need a recommendation letter down the line. It is also worthwhile to email thank you notes to people who wrote recommendation letters for you, or helped you secure funding.
Update your LinkedIn: Before you forget all the impressive projects you worked on, update your LinkedIn profile with your recent experience. If you haven’t connected with people from work yet, this would be a good time for that as well.
Stay in touch with mentors: Stay in contact with the connections you made and the company. If you hear of any developments within the organization, don’t hesitate to reach out and say congratulations. They will appreciate your continued interest. The general rule I’ve heard is to connect back with past supervisors at least every 6 months.
Relax: Make sure to take some time for you. Lay outside, sleep in till 11am, and catch up on your Netflix shows. Before you head off to classes, customs week, or going abroad, you should take advantage of the extra downtime. Make sure to reflect on all the fun experiences you had and the great people you met!