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Asked by Nathalie on May 25, 2017

I’m finishing my first internship and have secured a summer internship. Do I need to let the boss of my current internship know that I got another position? We’ve reached an understanding that I will no longer be with the company for the summer.

Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 25, 2017

Hi there!

If you are fulfilling your current internship until your agreed-upon end date, no, you do not need to tell your boss. However, it is okay to mention it and it's always good to ask if they are willing to write you a letter of recomendation and/or endorse you on LinkedIn. This will come in handy down for future positions.

Best of luck in your new internship!

Bri, former recruiter

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on May 31, 2017

Congratulations on securing your second internship! If you already have an agreed upon end date with your current manager then you are not obligated to tell him/her about your new internship (unless of course you signed any type of non-compete agreement that would cause a conflict). However, if you are interested in keeping the connection open with your current manager after your internship ends then I would definitely recommend telling him/her. It could be a great opportunity to share your future career plans with your current manager and keep the door open for potential future employment opportunities with the company.

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Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on June 12, 2017

Absolutely, I would speak to your first supervisor to confirm your end date and to let them know that you secured another position for the summer. You will want to thank them for their time and what you have learned, after all these are all stepping stones. You might not have landed your first internship without the other. Down the road you may also run into your supervisor who has another opportunity that you want or who can make connections on your behalf. In all business situations, be as honest and professional as you can. This will be highly respected and remembered. Good luck on your career, it sounds like you off to a great start.

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