Writing an Internship Thank You Letter



Lets go over the basics of writing an internship thank you letter.

There are two times when you may feel inclined to show your gratitude for being provided with an internship opportunity; when you’ve first been accepted, and after the internship has concluded.

Why You Should Write a Thank You Letter

Writing thank you letters is a good idea if you want to nurture your professional relationships. An internship is a great way to get your foot in the door of the industry in which you’d like to work.

By writing a well worded thank you letter, you’ll show how appreciative you are for the opportunity, and that you are passionate and open to possible employment within the field.

Lets go over a few pointers for writing these internship thank you letters.

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Tips For Writing Internship Thank You Letters

  1. Be Professional - Communicate as though you were a normal employee, and you may start to be thought of as one.
  2. Be Concise - Important people are busy people. Be gracious, but get to the point quickly.
  3. Demonstrate Some Knowledge - A thank you letter isn’t the place to show off, but throw in a little nugget of competence so your employer is left with a good feeling about your abilities.

Lets get to the samples. The first example is to be sent immediately after being accepted for the internship. The second example is for after the internship has concluded.

Before Internship Thank You Letter Sample


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MM/DD/YY

[Name]
[Title]
[Organization]
[Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Name],

I want to express my deepest gratitude for considering me an eligible candidate for this internship. I gladly accept the offer to work as an intern for [Organization Name]. I have read and accepted all the terms and conditions stated in the letter. It is an exciting opportunity for me to nurture my professional growth at your esteemed organization.

I really appreciate you taking the time to discuss my academics during our last meeting. I want to ensure you that my coursework has prepared me to take the responsibilities of this internship seriously. I’m up to date on the latest techniques in IT maintenance, and I’m sure I’ll be a valuable addition to the team.

Working in this industry has always been my personal interest and passion. Through this internship, I hope to make positive and productive use of my talent and education.

Thank you again for your suggestions regarding my future education and career. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to learn a lot more from you and your team.
Sincerely,
[Your Name]


As you can see, this is a thank you letter for an internship that has yet to begin. Writing a letter like this is a good way to begin an internship on a positive note.

Perhaps even more important is writing a post internship thank you letter. By writing a letter after the internship has concluded, you’ll improve the possibility of employment with the company, or at least a positive recommendation.

After Internship Thank You Letter Sample


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MM/DD/YY

[Name]
[Title]
[Organization]
[Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Name],

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for hosting my internship over the last 6 months. It has been an invaluable experience for me and I hope I was able to provide some value to you as well.

Working with you has taught me more about business administration than my two full years at NYU. Your breadth of knowledge, as well as the varied tasks that your firm manages provided an environment that was both exciting and challenging.

As I move forward in my professional endeavors, I will take with me all that I learned under your guidance. I can only hope that I find full time employment with a firm that is as competent and experienced as [Company Name].

If there is ever anything I could do for you or the rest of the team, please let me know. I will miss the relationships I’ve formed over the last few months, and I would be more than thrilled to find myself in your company once again.

With my most sincere thanks,
[Your Name]

Notice how in the last paragraph you can hint at your interest in continuing your employment. A subtle hint is acceptable, but refrain from coming out and asking for a job. Its just not polite.






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