Sample Recommendation Letter for a Summer Worker

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Have you supervised a summer worker or intern who has requested a reference from you after their seasonal position with you has ended? When you're writing a reference for a summer employee, you will include many of the same points and details as you would for any other recommendation.

What to Include in the Letter

In your letter of reference, you should describe the job responsibilities the person has held during your association, their contributions and accomplishments, and why you are happy to provide a recommendation for them.

Mention the time frame of your acquaintance as well. Ask the person you are writing the recommendation for to describe the job, or type of job, they are applying to so that you can highlight the qualifications and hard / soft skills (providing examples) that will be the most helpful to them in capturing a hiring manager’s attention.

If the person isn’t applying to a specific position, but needs a reference to keep in their files, you can leave off the business heading, but should include your name, title, and contact information at the end.

When writing a recommendation letter for a summer worker to use to apply to a specific job, you should use a formal business letter format, and the name of the hiring manager if you know it.

If you are sending the recommendation via email, the subject line should read: “Recommendation - Jane Doe.” Use the hiring manager’s name if you have it, and include your name, title, and contact information after your closing.

The following is a sample recommendation letter written by an employer for a current or past summer employee.

Recommendation Letter Sample for a Summer Worker

Recommendation for Jane Doe

Jane Doe worked in the Career Office at ABCD College under my supervision during the summer of 20XX.

During that time, I developed a very high regard for Jane based on the outstanding contributions that she made to our office throughout the summer.

In fact, Jane has been the most productive summer staff member that the office has employed during my 20-year tenure as Director of Career Services.

Ms. Doe exhibited a rare combination of speed and accuracy that has enabled her to produce a very high volume of work while maintaining excellent standards for quality.

Staff has often said that, "I can't believe that Jane is done with that job already." Jane was able to follow complex directions in a thorough and detailed manner and also worked very independently without close supervision when it was appropriate. Rarely did staff need to explain a process or procedure to Jane more than once, and she was particularly adept at learning computer applications.

Jane is an organizational whiz who can work on multi-layered tasks and balance multiple projects concurrently.

Jane's upbeat demeanor and can do attitude brightened the office and made her a very low maintenance employee. Her strong human relations skills enabled her to interface very effectively with many different constituencies including alumni, students, and employers. Jane's strong verbal and written communications skills allowed her to relay information in a clear and coherent manner.

Jane is a naturally caring person who loves to help and encourage others; she consistently demonstrated a solid service orientation towards our clients.

As you can tell by now, I am quite impressed with this outstanding young woman and give her my strongest recommendation for roles which require intelligence, organization, communication skills, service, and a positive attitude.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information or perspective.


FirstName LastName
Director, Career Office

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