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Asked by Amel on May 10, 2017

Is it common for employers to write letters of recommendation for their interns at the end of the summer? Is this something I should plan on asking for? 

Answered by Kimberly , Hiring Expert at Emerson, on May 10, 2017

Absolutely!  I'd recommend asking a week or two prior to leaving for a recommendation.  Generally employers don't have an issue writing them.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on May 10, 2017

Great question! I think this depends on the size of the company. For large companies, I do not think letters of recommendation are the norm. For smaller companies, they may use them more often. If you think a letter of recommendation would be personally beneficial to you, I don't think it hurts to ask your supervisor/manager for one at the end of your internship. I would keep in mind that for some companies, this may be against their policy so don't be offended if your manager says no. You could also ask your manager if he/she would be willing to be listed as a reference for future employment as you begin your full-time job search.

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 16, 2017

This is very common and highly encouraged! You will always want to create meaningful, professional relationships in any job you have, even volunteering. Having professional advocates is crucial for your career and will help you greatly down the road. As a courtesy, be sure to give them some leadtime and ask if they would like you to write them a letter of recommendation as well. If you think they would be up to it, you can also ask them to write the same, if not similar, recommendation for you on LinkedIn. Many potential employers will look at your LinkedIn profile before contacting you regarding job opportunities.

Best of luck with your internships!

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on May 17, 2017

This is completely dependent on the employer, but it is never a bad idea to ask. Your time interning is a time meant to expand your understanding of an industry, company, or position, and should you decide that maybe that one company is not for you or you would like to explore more options, its perfectly reasonable to ask for a recommendation that you can then use to do so. Again, asking is the key! What I would recommend is not only that you ask, but that you make it a goal to form lasting relationships while interning that you can then continue afterwards in the case you need to ask again for something else.

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