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You should ask your supervisor for a personal recommendation.
Refer to the handout Tips for Letters of Recommendation.
Explain why it’s important to ask for a general letter of recommendation, rather than waiting months or years from now when they may be applying for an actual job and need a recommendation. (It’s best to ask while you are fresh in your supervisor’s mind, and in case the person moves on and you cannot locate him or her later when a letter is needed.)
Ask for a volunteer to role-play with you the process of asking for a letter of recommendation. Afterwards, have the class comment and give suggestions for other ways this could have been done.
Tell students to request the letter before their final internship day.
- You may also want to tell students that YOU will write them a letter of recommendation as well—because you are so proud of their hard work.
This activity provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and offers guidance on how to conclude their internship successfully and appropriately.