The bright summer sun is quickly fading behind the tumbling leaves that mark the entrance of Fall. With the stress of a new semester and dorms flooded by frightful freshmen, your summer internship can quickly seem like only a story to share during a game of catch-up in the cafeteria. But that story does not need to have an ending just yet. There are ways to stay involved with your company even after you’ve vacated the premise.
Be in the know
Thanks to that thing we call technology, there is now no excuse for not being up to date with a company’s progress. In addition to liking their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and keep a look out for them mentioned in the news. An easy way to do that by creating a Google Alert notification.
As we’ve discussed in our articles on the benefits of interning remotely and how to rock a remote internship, remote internships are the bomb! Instead of letting your relationship with your company fizzle out, make it clear to your supervisor that you are extremely interested in continuing your work and propose a remote position, even if it’s on a minimal basis. This could be anything ranging from managing the company’s social media accounts to writing their weekly newsletter. Not only will this make you a continuous valuable asset to the company, it’s a sure fire-way to land a full-time job after graduation!
Unlike summer camp, don’t make a plan to throw your relationships out the door once the school bell rings. Keep in contact with your fellow interns! Not just because you bonded over a mutual love for ‘Friends,’ but because they are your future co-workers (and rulers of the world.) Social media is the most obvious way to connect, but reach out of your Facebook friending comfort zone and connect with them on LinkedIn. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, here’s why you need to make a LinkedIn profile – now. Periodically catch up with what’s going on in their lives and when it comes time to start applying for your dream job, not being a stranger will have paid off.