- Don’t ever have any errors (misspellings or typos) in your thank you letters.
- Do alert your references — if you have not done so already — that they may be getting a phone call from the employer.
- Don’t stop internship hunting, even if you feel confident that you will get an offer. Do continue to interview and attempt to find other opportunities.
- Do follow-up with a telephone call to the employer within a week to 10 days (or sooner, if the employer had a shorter timetable) to ask about the position. And do continue to build rapport and sell your strengths during the phone call.
- Do be patient. The hiring process often takes longer than the employer expects.
- Do continue following-up, especially if the employer asks you to. Remember the adage about the squeaky wheel getting the oil. Just don’t go overboard and annoy or bother the employer.
- Don’t place too much importance on one internship opportunity or one interview; there will be other opportunities for you.
- Don’t burn any bridges if you do not get an internship offer. And do try and turn the situation into a positive by bringing the interviewer(s) into your network, possibly even asking him or her for referrals to other contacts. Read more about the art of networking.
Still need help securing an internship? Check out all the tools and tips we offer in our Internship Resources for College Students.