The Crucial Post-Internship Thank You Email

Leave a lasting impression as you head out of your internship and maintain the connections you’ve built.

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As your internship draws to a close, you should begin writing thank you emails to people you’ve interacted with. Not only is it polite, but it also shows respect and gratitude for the time and effort your colleagues have put in while working with you. 

If you’re the only one in your batch of interns who does send out a thank you email, you’re definitely going to be remembered. If everyone sends out these emails, at least you don’t stick out for missing the memo on this.

Send personalized emails to your direct manager and everyone you worked with. And for colleagues you spoke to over coffee, a general thank you will do. Be sure to give them a way to remain in contact with you as well.

Template for your manager

Hi [Manager’s name],

It’s my last day at [company’s name] and before I leave, I just wanted to take the time to thank you for your guidance and support over the last [duration of your internship].

The opportunities you have given me to develop and grow has truly benefited me, personally and professionally. And I believe that the skills I’ve picked up at [company’s name] will be traits I can bring to the table as my career progresses. My highlight working with you was [details of the project]. 

I would love to keep in touch, you can reach me at [personal email address]. Should a suitable permanent position arise in the future, I hope that you’ll keep me in mind. 

Once again, thank you for making my time at [company’s name] a great learning and enriching experience. And I wish you and the team all the best!

Best,
[Your name]

Template for people you worked with

Hi [Colleague’s name],

As you know, it’s my last day at [company’s name] and before I leave, I’d like to thank you for making my time here so memorable and for being such a great support system. Working with you on [name of project] was such an enjoyable experience and I learnt [specific skill/takeaway] that I’m sure will prove valuable in my next job. 

I’d love to keep in touch and catch up over some coffee if I’m ever in the area/city again. You can reach me at [personal email address] and let’s also connect on LinkedIn. 

Once again, thank you for all your help, words of encouragement, and all the great conversation and laughs in the office. All the best to you and the team!

Best,
[Your name]

Template for colleagues you spoke to but didn’t work with

Hi [Colleague’s name],

You may or may not have heard but it’s my last day at [company’s name]. Before I head out, I just wanted to say thank you for being such a great colleague/friend/peer. Though we didn’t get to work together, our interactions were always insightful and enjoyable.  

While I’m sad that my time here has to come to an end, I’d love to keep in touch with you. My email address is [personal email address] and let’s also connect on LinkedIn. 

All the best and I hope our paths will cross again!

Best,
[Your name]

Keep up to date with your ex-colleagues on LinkedIn; congratulate them on promotions, projects or milestones. These connections could come in handy when you’re trying to get a referral when you graduate/later on in your career.

Marco Eylert
Co-Founder | TalentSpace

Marco's a co-founder at TalentSpace, and he previously worked at McKinsey & Company, Roland Berger and Credit Suisse. He graduated from Bocconi University and Johns Hopkins SAIS, where he was a scholar of the Haniel Foundation and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

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