Saying goodbye is always difficult. I am so thankful for my time working as the Employer Community Assistant at FindSpark. I cannot express in words how much I have learned over this summer. I am so excited for what is coming up for the community. Although I won’t be in New York City for the fall, I will be a contributing writer for the blog and starting a series, California Chronicles, which will focus on how to stay connected with the city and keeping you competitive in today’s job and internship market.
Summer internship programs are coming to a close and many interns will be leaving the city and going back to school. It is incredible to look back and see how much you have learned and connections you have made, but how do you keep in touch with those connections and remember all the experiences?
- Make a list. I honestly love lists. Lists are great. You don’t forget things when you have a list. Log all of the names and emails of companies and contacts that you have acquired over the summer. Having all your information in one place makes it much easier to find it when you need it.
- Follow up. The best way to be remembered is to follow up with the people you have met. Send a quick email a month from now and just thank them for all of the great memories or advice they have given you. Short, simple, and sweet.
- Journal. This may sound a bit strange to some, but physically writing your experiences down will help you remember the lessons and experiences learned. You will also thank yourself in the future because you have those memories in a journal.
- Apply what you have learned. You may be doing another internship in the fall or you may not be, but applying what you have learned will help you continue to master your skills and keep you competitive. Whether it is leading a club at school or rocking your retail job, applying the skills learned will keep you sharp for your next job or internship.
To all of the out of town interns like myself, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and have learned as much as I have. Remember to take the skills you have acquired wherever you go and make use of them! If you aren’t leaving the city for the fall, I am incredibly envious of you, but also remember these tips to keep the connections made over the summer. Good luck to those going back to school and to those who are applying for full time jobs.
Are you heading back after an internship away from home? Share your experience in the comments!