26 June 2015

Ace That Internship: How to Gain the Most from Your Internship Part 2

Here is the second part of Ace That Internship: How to Gain the Most from Your Internship! Check out the first part here! This part is all about the people you meet and work with. These tips will hopefully help you make lasting connections and make it a little less awkward.

1. Schedule Lunch/Coffee: Throughout the duration of your internship try and schedule lunch or coffee with almost everyone you work with, your boss's boss and even upper management in the company. Simply send an email or stop by their office and ask if they would be willing to sit down with you to discuss their career journey.

2.Follow Up: After that coffee or lunch, make sure to follow up with a thank you card for their time. Make sure to stop by periodically to check in with the, and don't be afraid to ask follow up questions if they seem to be open to it. You'll have to read their body langauge, and even ask point blank if you would be able to follow up with them. Time is precious, but many professionals are open to mentoring!

3. Connect on LinkedIn: Send a personalized message to your co-workers and supervisor, as well as anyone that you had lunch or coffee with. Connec with other interns as well! In your message include who you are, and something personal you may have connected about. They're a lot more likely to connect with you that way!

4.Remember Details: Do they have a kid? What about their favorite sports team? Make an effort to remember one thing about every person you have a conversation with. It's one of the easiest ways to get to know people and build relationships!

6.Keep a Contact List: Depending on who you have contact with during your internship, keep a list of people you've met. This can be done in an Excel spreadsheet. It's a lot easier than you think! A little googling or using the business card they gave you should give you the information you need.

Remember not to force relationships, sometimes you might not just click! But don't be afraid to reach out to people, always be polite, and work your hardest!

What do you do to make the most of your relationships? What do you do to go above and beyond at your internship?



  1. These are amazing tips and apply for all kinds of situations! I always recommend sending a hand written thank you note as well, it's just a nice touch that shows you went the extra mile! Happy Friday!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  2. These are great tips. My boyfriend has always been really good and building connections and relationships with people and it's got him some amazing opportunities so I know it's definitely worth taking some of these points on board!

    Jessica Grace

  3. Great post! I agree that building relationships is very important while interning. Even if it doesn't work out where you are, knowing people is a great way to get referrals elsewhere. Very helpful post! :)


  4. These are such wonderful and helpful tips! Remembering the little details can definitely get you a long way. Regrettably, I never made a contact list following my previous internships. Networking has never been my strong suit, thank you for this post!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  5. Wow these are great tips! I totally wish I would have scheduled coffee dates or lunches more often as an intern. Thanks for the wonderful advice!

  6. I wish I'd read this before I entered the real world, because I could have used these tips while I was an intern!

  7. Wonderful tips!
    I was a little too timid to reach out to too many people during my internship although I wish I had.
    These are so helpful!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. Such valuable tips! I never thought of having lunch/coffee, and the contact list hadn't even crossed my mind! These are perfect!

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

  9. Keeping a contact list has to be #1 for me! Seriously, not only do I put their info in my phone, but I keep it written down at home. It always helps me to stay better connected with everyone I meet!

  10. This is an AWESOME post! One of my co-workers told me about Cam Card App, and I would highly recommend it to interns. It allows you to store business cards in your phone!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  11. Agreed. Keeping in contact with the people you meet during your internship definitely goes a long ways.

  12. Scheduling a lunch/coffee is such a good idea!

  13. I loved your first post and I love this one just as much! This is great!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  14. Grabbing coffee with people is such a #yes. Networking is becoming all the rage (which is good), so now we've gotta kick it up a notch and really make a fabulous impression while picking people's brains!

    Coming Up Roses

  15. These are some great tips!! Thanks for sharing!

    Carley @ preppylane.blogspot.com

  16. Great networking tips! Love this post.

    Alexis @ alexis-reliford.com

  17. I love this! I never would have thought to make a coffee date with different people in the company! What great networking advice!

    Marie H,
    Progression By Design