Relationship Management: The Importance Of Staying In Touch Post Internship
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
You just finished your internship, did an amazing job and about to enter your last year of college. Great! Although you have gotten a taste of the real world and feel that you are ready to conquer it, there is still work to be done. Although your supervisor would love to bring you onto the team full time, don’t expect handouts. Remember you should never get comfortable and always work for everything you want.
Here are some tips to maintain relationships after you complete your internship:
1. Keep up with the company’s brand that you interned with
Executives love to hear you keep up with the brand of the company. Are they launching a new initiative? Did they just acquire another company? Be sure that you are keeping up with the company’s brand and the latest projects they are working on by following them on Twitter and in the news.
2. Email your supervisors and mentors
It’s great to check in with the people you used to work with. Let them know what you are doing and any new projects you are working on. Just be sure to keep it short and sweet because as you know, it can get very busy around the office. People love when you keep in contact with them.
3. Follow everyone on LinkedIn
This is a great way to stay connected to everyone. I email people from my previous internships, but I don’t have to update them on everything because they keep up with me on social media and LinkedIn. Depending on what type of culture you worked in, a lot of employees in media follow each other on social media. If that is the case, keep your social media clean to make the people that follow you proud!
4. Ask to take on small projects or how you can continue to develop the brand
The interns who keep in touch and ask to take on projects are the ones who eventually get hired full time. You are taking initiative by showing interest in the company and asking for work. If your course load is full, then don’t try to take on extra projects because you want to keep a positive impression of your brand. If you interned at a news station, volunteer to send story ideas. If you interned at a company that produces content, ask if you can help with a project and show up with ideas. You may get told no but all you need is one yes!
5. Stop by the office
If you live in New York City and your internship was in California, it may not be financially smart to just get on a flight and stop by the office, but if you happen to be in town for a small trip, be sure to stop by! It’s a great feeling to catch up with everyone around the office you use to intern for. Even if you can’t stop by the office, look at the organizations your manager is a member of and networking events your supervisor attends and see if he or she is stopping by a town anywhere near you. You must be tenacious and reach out!
Keeping in touch and reminding your supervisor that you are graduating soon is a great way to eventually get an offer. Even if they don’t have any opportunities for you at the time, they will continue to keep you in mind if something comes up. Relationships are one of the most important resources you can have. It’s all about who you know and who knows your work ethic. Manage your relationships properly
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com