27 June 2009

Letter of recommendation from the internship

Hopefully, you have a rewarding internship this summer and will use the skills and experiences in your next endeavor. Hopefully, your supervisor appreciates your contributions and recognizes your hard work!

Before you leave to go back to college classes, ask your supervisor if he or she can serve as a reference for you.

When you are ready to ask for the reference, send a letter to your supervisor with this information:
* dates of your internship
* title at internship
* your education information (child dev major at XYZ University, graduating 2010)
* key accomplishments while at internship (maintained volunteer database)
* info about the job you are applying for, such as name and location of the company as well as what they want out of a candidate (e.g., someone with experience managing a volunteer database)

All these details help your supervisor remember the great work you did and write a more complete letter.

If you are asking for a letter of reference, provide an addressed and stamped envelope so that your supervisor can send the letter directly. And good luck!

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at www.marybold.com

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