Summer jobs can be hard to come by, depending on where you live. If you have been talented, ambitious, and fortunate enough to be hired for the summer, it's always a good idea to write a thank-you letter for the opportunity at the end of the season.
If you've spent your summer as an intern rather than an employee, be sure to share your appreciation. Here's how to thank your employer for the experience you've gained.
Why Write a Thank-You Letter for a Summer Job
Saying thank you to your employer is a matter of more than good manners. Leaving on a positive note will help to ensure that your employer will provide a good job reference for you, if called upon to do so.
In your thank-you letter, you should also express your hope that your employer will consider you for future seasonal work.
No one can predict what their local job market will look like in nine or twelve months. Even if you think you have no desire to work there ever again, it's smart to keep your options open in case you find yourself in need of a summer job in the future.
What to Include in a Summer Job Thank-You Letter
Before you begin to write your thank-you letter, sit down and think about the things you appreciated and enjoyed about the job.
- Were there fellow employees who were helpful and fun to be around?
- Were you challenged (in a good way) by your daily work tasks?
- Were you impressed by your employer’s work climate, business mission, or success in providing excellent customer service to its clients?
- What were some of the highlights of your summer work?
- Were you treated with respect?
Once you’ve listed a few things that you enjoyed about the job, be sure to mention them in your note.
Remember, too, that this letter needs to be positive and upbeat—if you had grievances about the job, this is not the place to air them.
If applicable, you may also use your thank-you letter to ask whether the employer would be willing to serve as a professional reference for you in future.
This is a particularly smart thing to do if the summer job is in any way related to your future career goals. For example, a camp counselor who wants to be a teacher should definitely ask the camp for a referral, since the summer experience involved working with children.
Be sure to include your contact information (email and phone number) so that your employer knows where to reach you if future job openings arise, or if they receive requests for referrals from hiring committees that you may apply to after graduation.
Sending a Summer Job Thank-You Letter
Below you’ll find an example of a thank-you letter designed to thank your employer after you have completed a summer job (with hopes of working there again). You can use this sample as a model for your own letter, tailoring it to reflect your own individual circumstances.
Summer Job Thank-You Letter Example
1615 3rd Avenue
Madeira Beach, FL 11212
August 3, 2020
Sunshine Camp for Kids
St. Petersburg, FL 33110
Dear Mr. Rafferty:
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work as a summer counselor at Sunshine Camp for Kids this summer. I worked with some excellent fellow counselors and met some inspirational children.
As a supervisor, your constant assistance and advice were invaluable. I always felt I could turn to you if I had any questions or concerns.
Once again, thank you for such an outstanding opportunity. This job has only increased my desire to work with children and to pursue a career in education. I am already counting down the days until next summer, and hope I can serve Sunshine Camp as a camp counselor once more!
Eliza Cummings (signature hard copy letter)
Emailing Your Thank-You Note
If you send it via email, list your name and "thank you" in the subject line of the message. List your contact information below your signature when sending a thank-you email message.
Subject: Eliza Cummings - Thank You
More Tips for Writing Thank-You Letters
Even after your days as a seasonal / summer employee are over, you’ll find that the ability to write employment-related thank-you letters will be an essential professional skill that you will need on frequent occasions.
After you complete a personal interview for your first full-time job, you’ll need to pen a thank-you letter (here are some tips for writing, timing, proofing, and sending individual and group job interview letters).
The same holds true for when you’ve been given an internship opportunity, an informational interview, or even assistance on a project from a colleague or supervisor. These thank-you letter samples demonstrate the many instances in the business world where it is considered good form to write a formal expression of your gratitude.
How to Write the Best Thank-You Note
Keep it Positive: Even if this wasn't the best summer job, keep your thank-you letter positive.
Mention the Details: Share examples of valuable learning experiences or skills you gained.
Stay Connected: Taking the time to say thank you will help you stay connected with the company for future employment opportunities.
Add the Job to Your Resume: Add the job to your resume, while the details are still fresh in your mind.