My summer internship is ending as of tomorrow. This is technically the first real internship that I've held. I'm in college, and not even as an underclassman anymore (this might be quite rare on CC).
Do I really need to write thank-you letters? I interned at a fairly small (for NYC), relatively informal company (though located in a corporate district--the Financial District, if you will). I enjoyed my internship overall. I learned a lot, especially since I came in knowing nothing about working. The pay was good. The people were nice and very helpful.
Do I really need to send thank-you letters? I dread the thought. Can I just tell my supervisor, "Thank you--I really enjoyed and learned a lot this summer. Bye!"
I just feel like sending a letter would be awkward. I don't plan on coming back, even though they would most likely let me come again next summer. I realize there's a small chance I may need some sort of recommendation in the future. However, the company doesn't really have anything to do with what I hope/intend to do, but technically the department I worked in does.
Do I really need to send a letter? I guess it would be slightly less awkward sending one once I leave. But still... Would I address it to my direct supervisor? The VP of our department? The whole department (about 6 people total, including my supervisor and the VP--I pretty much sat next to and worked with all of them every single day)? Can my letter just say, "Thank you for this opportunity--I really enjoyed learning a lot this summer. Bye!"? Do I need to go into specifics? It seems a bit cheesy to ramble on about how this summer changed my life or how I will miss it here. Do I shake people's hands when I leave?
I look very young for my age, and I don't want to give the impression that I'm trying too hard. I know they understand I how much I appreciated this opportunity letter or no letter. The saying good-bye part seems awkward in general. Advice?