A lot of us virtually interning have been missing the serendipity of randomly running into coworkers and making connections through daily conversations. If you are in the same situation, make sure to look at the tips down below for connecting with your fellow interns while having a fully digital internship.
1. Open up a line of communication – Even if this isn’t something you did at the beginning of the internship, make sure that the other interns know how to contact you and also know that you would love to stay in touch. A quick Zoom message, email, or Teams message will do, use the format (as always, make any changes that are applicable to you personally) below:
Hi (Intern Name),
It’s crazy to think that our internship is almost over and we did it all virtually! I have really enjoyed working alongside you and hope that we can continue to stay in touch! My phone number is (Number) and my personal email is (Email). I’ll add you on LinkedIn and please never hesitate to reach out!
2. Set up a post-internship virtual event and invite all of the interns – This can be a fun game night or just a day to make breakout rooms and get to know each other better. Additionally, once an internship ends, most people do feel nostalgia and will be likely to come. It can be super fun and give you a little feel of the personal connection that you may have been missing.
3. Periodically check in – Do not expect the other interns to always reach out to you. Make sure you are checking in and congratulating them when they post something on LinkedIn or when you simply want to chat. Just like friendships, work connections are not automatic and require a consistent effort from both individuals to keep up.
For more tips on making connections despite virtual challenges, check this out.