What to Include in a Thank You Note for an Internship?

A Well-Written Thank You Note Can Help You Land the Job

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While it may sound outdated, a thank-you note is still required after you interview for an internship position or a job. It can be a quick and easy way to set yourself apart from your competition. If the decision comes down between two very talented candidates, a thoughtful thank you can help sway the hiring manager in your direction. 

Emailed thank yous are acceptable, particularly if you get the impression that the hiring manager is moving quickly; there may not be enough time for the post office, so an email is perfectly appropriate.

However, when possible, opt for a handwritten note. They are so uncommon anymore that it will distinguish you and make you more memorable. 

Writing the Thank You Note

You don't need expensive parchment or elaborate stationary. Simple note cards from the local pharmacy or retail store are completely fine. Ideally, look for cards that are blank on the inside, but have a colorful design on the front that highlights your personality. 

The note itself does not need to be very formal. Above all, you are thanking the interviewer for his or her time, reiterating your interest in the position and highlighting your skills. 

Below is a sample template you can use to create your own thank you, whether you are sending a hard copy note or using email:


Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with me this week about the internship. I really enjoyed learning about not only the position but also the company goals and initiatives for the rest of this year. With your new focus on social media, my experience using Twitter and SnapChat will be useful in building new content. I truly see myself as part of your organization and I want to let you know that I’m very interested in the position. Thanks again and I look forward to connecting soon.


Lauren Berger

The message should be short and to the point. Your interviewer's time is valuable, so you want to keep it brief, but long enough to show your gratitude. Make sure that you send this note in the mail and send it right after your interview so that it arrives within 2-4 days of the interview.

In addition to sending this hand-written thank-you note, you can send over an email thank you as well.

Are Thank You Notes Really Necessary?

You may find on some career sites that thank yous are not necessary. Many people argue that businesses move so quickly, they never get a chance to look at thank yous anyway. 

But thank yous can only help your candidacy, not hurt it. It is a simple task to give yourself another point of contact with the company and stand out from the crowd. Particularly for internships, when you're just starting out and don't have much experience, every extra opportunity you get to put yourself forward is essential. While a traditional method of communication, a well-written thank you shows you have business etiquette and professionalism, a great foundation for a strong intern. 

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