After the Internship or Job
Follow-up with the organisation
When your internship ends, be sure to send thank you emails or notes to each of the people who helped or managed you. This is a good personal touch and will help create a memory of your time with the organisation. If you have a particularly good relationship with any of your managers, consider asking them to write you a letter of recommendation. This should be done soon after the end of the internship (or even in the final days) so that their memory of you is still fresh.
If you are particularly interested in pursuing a relationship with the organisation in the future, stay in touch. Sending an email to your managers and contacts every 6 months with a brief update about yourself is a great way to keep them informed about your progress and it ensures that they will remember you when next you apply for an internship, or for a position. Even if you do not think you will use the connections, maintain a good relationship with the company. You never know when the connection may be useful for a friend, colleague or even for one of your own projects.
Follow-up for your development
After your internship, be sure to update your resume to include your new experience and any skills you gained. If you created a relationship that resulted in a mentorship opportunity, be sure to follow through and make use of the time and experience of those who can teach you more about your chosen field.
Your lasting impression
Remember that as an ambassador of ACN, you represent the brand and every other young leader with whom they will have contact going forwards. If you make a good impression, ACN will build a strong partnership and other young leaders will have the chance to benefit from internship opportunities and relationships you have created. This is an opportunity for you to take the vision of a network of African leaders and make it a reality – you are not just working for yourself but for your community and for Africa.