The purpose of the end of internship letter is to communicate your appreciation to the hiring organization and the people within the organization who served as supervisors and mentors. This letter should be sent at the end of your internship, regardless of whether or not the experience was positive. The letter can signal the end of the working relationship or it can be used as a bridge to another internship with the same company in the future.
Format and Content
The end of internship letter format is straightforward. It begins by thanking a specific individual or group of individuals who helped you to grow and develop during your internship. Follow the introduction with specific examples of how you were helped and what you were able to achieve because of the guidance provided. If a recommendation letter was promised, be sure to mention this in the closing paragraph along with where the letter should be mailed.
This end of internship letter sample is from an intern who benefited from a broad range of instruction during his internship. He shows his appreciation by mentioning the people who helped him by name and by including examples of his intern experience that were particularly helpful to his professional growth.
2355 Owens Street
Ocala, FL 55263
May 25, 2013
Ms. Jennifer Paisley
Chief Executive Officer
3390 Kanton Drive
New York, NY 22627
Dear Ms. Paisley,
It is with deep appreciation that I am writing to thank you for the internship opportunity you provided me over the past year. I am especially grateful for the personal time and attention you dedicated to my personal and professional growth. Your guidance helped me achieve the highest standards in my work, but it was your genuine interest in my academic achievements that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Over the course of the year, I learned that my opinion matters and that I have what it takes to make a positive contribution to the team. The managers in the communications department were especially helpful and because of them, I have grown and developed into a confident and capable public speaker. Mr. Collins taught me the art of the all-important pause during a speech, while Ms. Lenz worked with me extensively on tone and inflection.
I will admit that I did not understand why you wanted me to learn the administrative aspects of an office, especially when my internship and college studies were focused on marketing communications. Now however, I do understand and I am so thankful for the experience. Your executive assistant showed me how to combine the need for organization with the job requirement of creativity. Because of Ms. Norman’s efforts, I can set my creative abilities free at a clean and organized workstation. I am amazed by how this simple concept boosted my productivity levels.
You, and your entire organization, impressed me with your willingness to help another achieve success. From day one, I felt like a valued member of the team. As promised, I will send you a copy of my resume to proof and I will keep you informed about the progress I make in my job search. I sincerely appreciate your offer to write a recommendation letter; please send it to my home address in Florida. I fully expect our paths to cross again in the future. Until then, I will miss your counsel greatly.