/ Asked by Arisha
Hi! I am a senior in college and I had an internship this semester. I've learned a lot from this internship but I do not want to continue working here next semester. How do I find an internship in the same field (health care) in order to gain more experience? And what is a respectful way to stay in touch with my current internship employer as I look for opportunities at other companies as they could be a good reference for me?
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, November 26, 2018
Hello! It's great to seek experience with different organizations as you make your way through school. While you've learned a lot where you are at, it's OK to want to explore other options. I would start applying to positions, either on Indeed, LinkedIn, or directly on company sites that you're interested in. If you end up finding a position you like, simply let your employer know that while you've learned a great deal from your experience, you'd like to explore other companies and see what more you could learn. Give them a two-weeks notice and leave the organization respectfully. Good luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Great question! It's very common for students to want to get different experiences while still in school. Don't be afraid to have an open and honest conversation with your current employer about this. Let your manager know that while you have enjoyed your time with the company, you would like to be able to spend next semester gaining additional experience to diversify your resume. As long as you approach the situation respectfully, and as long as you performed well throughout your internship, your manager will likely have no issue serving as a reference for you. He/she could also be a great resource to help you find another opportunity. If you want to work within the same industry, it is likely that your manager or other members of your company have external contacts they could pass your resume along to. In addition, I would also search job boards (Indeed, LinkedIn, your school job board, etc.). If you have healthcare companies already in mind, check out their website directly.

Best of luck!
Answered by Lina, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, December 10, 2018
Hello! You never want to burn any bridges so make sure that you leave your current internship in good terms. Thank them for the opportunity and let them know that you want to diversify your experience but want to stay in touch. Hopefully you’ve built a strong relationship with your leader/manager and co-workers throughout the internship and had a strong performance throughout because this will make it a lot easier. If your internship doesn’t have an end date, make sure to give a two weeks’ notice. If you haven’t already, connect with coworkers on LinkedIn and if you ever have the chance, you can always make a short visit to say hello to everyone after you’ve left the internship.
Depending on the type of relationship you have with your manager, I would also recommend asking them for recommendations of other companies that offer internships in the area you are interested in – who knows, they may want to personally recommend you if they have contacts at other organizations! Other resources you can use to find another internship in your desired field is LinkedIn and your school’s internship office, also Professors sometimes have contacts with organizations and they may be aware of internship opportunities as well, so make sure you’re also building relationships with your professors! Good Luck!
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