How to write an internship cover letter: 7 tips & an example
Learn how to create a cover letter that helps your internship application stand out.
So, you’re ready to find the perfect internship and kickstart your professional career. You’ve researched opportunities, made a list of your dream companies, crafted a great resume, and are about to apply. But what should you upload for the application’s “cover letter” field?
You’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you how to write a great cover letter that will help you stand out from the crowd and get you hired. It’s often the first thing a hiring manager will see when they open your application, so it's important to get it right. After all, first impressions are everything!
Read the internship posting carefully before writing your cover letter. Pay attention to the intern’s primary responsibilities and the desired candidate’s skills and experience. Keep the job posting handy so you can refer to it while writing.
Now that you’re ready to start writing, let’s get into our guide for creating the perfect cover letter for every application on your to-do list.
1. Customize each cover letter
One of the most important intern cover letter tips is to avoid using the same generic letter for all your applications. Recruiters and employers can tell when you didn’t take time to create a unique letter for their specific internship. Instead, open your cover letter by sharing why you’re excited about this particular internship and employer and why you’re a good fit. Include information about the company and the role you’re applying for (pro tip: Use language from the application!).
2. Structure the cover letter’s flow effectively
A well-crafted cover letter should grab the attention of the recruiter or hiring manager and effectively convey key information. Achieve this by structuring your cover letter with an engaging introduction sentence and impactful first paragraph, an informative body paragraph or two, and a strong closing paragraph. It's also important to strike a balance between conveying key information and maintaining a concise and engaging tone throughout your cover letter.
Cover letters shouldn’t be very long — three or four paragraphs are plenty. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. Now is not the time to be chatty! Save the chit-chat to showcase how friendly and personable you are during the interview.
Hiring managers are busy, and you want to ensure they read your cover letter from start to finish. That’s why it’s key to emphasize only the most important points relevant to the internship you’re applying for while keeping the cover letter as short as possible so it’s easy to read.
3. Include keywords and supporting details
It is common for employers to scan resumes and cover letters for keywords related to the internship. First and foremost, use the company name. Next, incorporate any skills or experiences listed in the job description.
While your resume lists your technical skills and experience, a cover letter should include details about desirable soft skills like time management and communication skills. If you’re mentioning soft skills, provide support. For example, if you want to highlight your leadership skills, detail a time when you led a group project or served as a student group officer.
As you consider which skills and experience to mention in a cover letter, take a look at the ones listed in the application or job posting. Pointing to those shows the hiring manager why you’re the best candidate for that role and demonstrates that you’ve read the job description carefully. Taking the time to review the role strengthens your case as a sincerely engaged and interested applicant.
4. Highlight coursework and extracurriculars
Don’t worry if you don’t have much work experience. Describe relevant coursework and major projects you’ve worked on as a college student that demonstrate your knowledge and skills. You can also add any student group involvement or volunteer opportunities.
These combined experiences show your initiative and help you stand out as a candidate (even if you’ve never been paid to do those things). Just because you didn’t make any money doesn’t mean you didn’t do a great job! You’ll have the chance to demonstrate how well you performed in those roles during the interview, so get ready to discuss the experiences you mention in the cover letter in greater detail.
5. Share what you’d like to accomplish
Cover letters aren’t just for telling employers why they should hire you. They’re also an opportunity to share what you believe you’ll get from the specific position. Whether it’s gaining a new skill or learning more about an industry, share why the role is important to you. This tells the employer that you’re not just trying to satisfy course credits with your internship — you’re also looking for valuable work experience that will kickstart your career. Who knows, maybe they’ll want to hire you as a full-time employee later.
6. Professionally format the cover letter
Your cover letter format is just as important as what’s in it. Aim to keep your cover letter concise and limited to one page. Use a clean and readable font, like Arial or Calibri, with a font size of 10 to 12 points and proper spacing and margins for a professional appearance.
Include a header with your contact information, including your full name, phone number, professional email address, and optionally, your LinkedIn profile or relevant online portfolio. Also, try to find the hiring manager’s name to address the letter. Rather than starting with a salutation like “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear hiring manager,” try to find the actual name of the person you’re addressing. Lastly, don’t forget to close with a professional sign-off, such as “Sincerely” or “Best.”
Get help with formatting your internship cover letter by downloading our free template . Again, remember to tailor it to the company and internship role you’re applying for!
7. Proofread and ask for feedback
Once your cover letter is ready, carefully read through it and check for spelling, punctuation, grammar mistakes, and typos. Have a friend or family member review it and give feedback. If you have a classmate majoring in English or communications who wouldn’t mind taking a look, even better!
Another option is to reach out to your school’s career center . Schedule an appointment to review your cover letter and resume and ask any other application- or interview-related questions. Your school wants you to succeed in your career, so take advantage of all the tools they have to offer while you’re attending.
Example cover letter
Here’s an internship cover letter example to use as a starting point. Remember to tailor yours to the specific job you’re applying for rather than just copying and pasting this one:
[Your Full Name]
[Your Contact Info (include relevant social media accounts, if applicable)]
[Hiring Manager’s Name]
[Hiring Manager’s Job Title]
[Hiring Manager’s Contact Info]
Dear [hiring manager’s full name],
As a passionate [college/university] student majoring in [relevant field], I am eager to immerse myself in [Company’s Name]’s groundbreaking work in the [relevant industry] through your internship position. I firmly believe my [specific skills or coursework] will allow me to serve as a valuable asset on the [Company Name] team while expanding my knowledge to real-world challenges and harnessing invaluable hands-on experience within the industry.
With a passion for [specific aspect of the industry or role], I am confident in my ability to [relevant job responsibilities or tasks]. During my studies, I have developed a solid foundation in [mention relevant coursework or projects], which has equipped me with the [skills or knowledge] necessary for success in this role. Additionally, my experience as a [relevant internship or extracurricular activity] has allowed me to further refine my [specific skills or abilities].
I am particularly drawn to [Company Name]'s commitment to [mention a value, mission, or specific project]. The opportunity to work alongside a talented and innovative team while contributing to [Company Name]'s growth is truly inspiring. My strong [communication/analytical/technical, etc.] skills, coupled with my dedication and adaptability, make me an ideal fit for the [job title] role.
I welcome the chance to discuss my qualifications and learn more about [Company Name] in an interview. Thank you for considering my application. I have attached my resume for your review. Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [Your Phone Number] or [Your Email Address].
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Do you need a cover letter for an internship?
While a cover letter isn’t mandatory for all internship applications, we recommend submitting one. A cover letter provides an opportunity to showcase your qualifications, skills, and enthusiasm for the internship position. It allows you to personalize your job application, demonstrate professionalism, and communicate your interest in the role and organization.
A well-written cover letter can significantly enhance your chances of standing out among other candidates and securing the internship. Hiring managers know that job and internship seekers are likely applying to many other opportunities at the same time, so ensure they know their company is one you would especially like to work for.
How do you write an internship cover letter if you have no experience?
If you lack professional experience, you can still present yourself with confidence, highlight your relevant skills and achievements, and convey your eagerness to learn and contribute. Here are some tips for accomplishing this:
- Focus on transferable skills. Highlight relevant transferable skills acquired through coursework, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, or volunteer work. These skills can include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, research, or leadership skills.
- Emphasize academic achievements. Showcase your academic achievements, such as high grades, honors, or specific coursework relevant to the internship. Discuss how your academic knowledge and skills can apply to the internship role and contribute to the organization.
- Showcase relevant projects or coursework . If you have completed any projects or coursework that align with the internship position, describe them in detail. Highlight the tasks, methodologies, and outcomes to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
- Leverage extracurricular involvement. Discuss any relevant extracurricular activities or leadership roles you have held. For example, if you were part of a club or organization related to the internship’s field, explain your involvement and how it has developed your skills or provided you with relevant experiences.
- Express eagerness to learn. Emphasize your willingness and enthusiasm to learn and grow in the internship. Highlight your passion for the field and commitment to acquiring new skills and knowledge. Demonstrating a positive attitude and eagerness to learn can compensate for a lack of direct experience.
- Connect with the company's culture , mission, and values. Research the organization and align your cover letter with its mission, values, and projects. Show that you are genuinely interested in their work and how your background and aspirations align with their goals.
- Network and seek recommendations. If possible, reach out to network contacts who may have connections or insights into the internship opportunity. Requesting recommendations or endorsements from professors, advisers, or professionals in the field can bolster your application.
Land your dream internship
The ultimate goal: landing your dream internship (and, later, your dream job!). An effective cover letter can help make that happen. It's your chance to shine, showcasing why you're the perfect fit for the position. A personalized and compelling letter grabs employers’ attention and helps you stand out from the crowd. Remember to be authentic, highlight relevant experiences, and let your passion shine through.
Don't underestimate the impact of a well-crafted cover letter and the opportunities that lie ahead. This is your opportunity to show potential employers your skills and abilities and share some of your background with them before the interview.
Head over to Handshake today to open doors to exciting internship possibilities. Not only can we connect you with the best companies looking for talent just like you, but you can also set up job alerts so you won’t miss that golden opportunity. Happy job searching!
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SECTIONS OF A COVER LETTER
Personal contact info.
Required : Name, Address, Phone, Email Optional : LinkedIn, Online portfolio
Employer's Contact Info
Name, Department, Company, Address. If no specific person's name use position title or dept. name, If no address use email with city/state
Try to address your cover letter to a person. If no specific name can use "Dear Search Committee,", "Dear Hiring Manager,", or "To Whom it May Concern:"
Introduce yourself and express your interest in the position. Possible subjects include:
- Who you are - year in school, university, major
- The specific job title
- How you heard about the job and, if appropriate, name of the person who told you about it
- Why you're interested in the position (be specific!)
- Why you're qualified. This should be a brief one sentence summary of why you are a good fit for the position (similar to a thesis statement)
Describe 1-3 of your experiences/projects that show your job-specific skills and qualifications. Make sure to:
- Show how you make a good fit with the position/organization
- Focus on what you will bring to the organization that will make them glad they hired you
- Not simply restate your resume
- Break up the paragraph into smaller sections if it is too big. Smaller paragraphs are more readable
Final interest and fit statement in which you:
- Include your availability, and how you will follow through with the application. Tell the reader what is the best way to reach you
- Thank the employer for their consideration
- Add any other practical remarks - e.g. if you have not completed a certification yet but are scheduled to take the exam, or if you will be relocating or will be visiting the area soon
"Sincerely", "Best Regards", "Yours", Hand-written signature AND Typed name. Best to hand-write signature but if you are unable to scan document you can use script-like font instead
A cover letter is an important tool to use when applying for a job because it:
- Introduces you to the prospective employer
- Highlights your enthusiasm for the position
- Describes your specific skills and qualifications for the job or internship, and clearly explains why you are a good fit
- Confirms your availability to start a new position
You should always include a cover letter when applying for a job unless you are specifically told not to by the employer. We recommend that you write a cover letter (aka letter of intent) after you have drafted and tailored your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) for a particular job description. For academic faculty and teaching positions, see cover letter instructions in Masters, Ph.D.'s and Postdocs section. When applying online and limited to uploading one document, you can create a single PDF document that includes both your resume and cover letter.
What to Include in a Cover Letter
Use the cover letter template and planner to get started. When drafting your cover letter, keep the following DO's and DON'Ts in mind:
- Limit the cover letter to one page if possible, unless applying to academic faculty, teaching or research positions.
- Use the same font and formatting in the cover letter as you use in your resume.
- You might also want to use the same header in both a cover letter and resume. See header formatting examples .
- If providing a printed copy, use the same type of paper for both your cover letter and resume. Resume paper can be purchased at the UC Davis Bookstore or at an office supply store.
- Many tech companies prefer the cover letter not be attached, but uploaded as text in an email with the resume attached.
- Use formal, professional language in a cover letter. This is true when sending your cover letter as text in an email (above point).
- Personalize each cover letter to the specific position you are applying to.
- "Dear Hiring Manager,"
- "Dear [insert department here] Hiring Team,"
- "Dear Recruiter,"
- "Dear Search Committee Chair and Committee Members:" (used for academic teaching positions)
- "To Whom It May Concern:" - Note, this last one uses a ":" not a ","
- Check for typos, proper grammar and accuracy.
- Use spellcheck, but do not rely on it to catch all errors.
- Have multiple people review your application materials.
- Make an appointment with an ICC advisor to review your application materials before you apply.
- Unless told explicitly not to, you should always include a cover letter in your application.
- Don't use text abbreviations or emoticons if you are using email.
- Don't be too wordy or write just to fill the entire page.
- Don't submit a generic "one size fits all" cover letter; tailor your cover letter to fit each position. Thus, none of your cover letters will be exactly the same, though a lot of content will be similar in each.
- Don't repeat or summarize your resume in your cover letter. Instead, focus the cover letter on your enthusiasm for the job, excitement about working with that organization, to highlight unique skills that make you qualified for the position and a good fit for the employer.
- Don't overuse adjectives or superlatives, especially subjective ones (e.g. "You are the best company in the world" or "I am the most hardworking student intern you will ever meet.").
- Quantify when possible. "I've helped organize three club events, including two successful initiatives attended by 25 people" is a better descriptor than "I've helped organize several club events, including a couple successful initiatives attended by many people."
- Don't exaggerate your skills or experience.
- Don't use UC Davis letterhead, logo, or UC seal in your cover letter. [NOTE: For graduate students and postdocs, some departments allow use of department letterhead for tenure-track faculty applications. Check with your department before using.]
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How to Address a Cover Letter for Internships
By Laura Riley
Laura Riley is a writer who specializes in career advice and professional development. She has a master’s degree in student affairs and higher Education from Miami University.
I’m sure you’ve seen this play out:
To get someone’s attention, a person shouts, “Hey, you!” The other person responds, “Me?” as he points to himself.
It’s much easier to grab someone’s attention when you say, “Hey, Sarah!” or “Hey, Judson!”
The same is true when addressing a cover letter. You should always tailor your salutation to the hiring manager by using his, her, or their name.
In this article, I will explain how to properly address a cover letter. While this may seem like a small detail when compared to the grand task of actually writing a cover letter in the correct format , a proper salutation for the hiring manager is incredibly important. Furthermore, a personalized salutation can set you apart from the competition and help you secure an interview for your dream internship or entry-level job.
What does a proper salutation look like?
At the very top of your cover letter, you need a header, including your full name, contact information (your email address and phone number will suffice; you can also the URL for your LinkedIn profile or an online portfolio, as well as your city and state if you’re applying locally). Below this, write the date you’re applying and the company’s mailing address.
Next, you need a greeting—a more formal way to say, “Hello!” This isn’t the place to be cute or creative. Refrain from saying “Heya!” or “Howdy!” The most appropriate option for a greeting is “Dear,” followed by the hiring manager’s full name. For example: “Dear Ms. Mary Johnson.” After the name, use a comma or colon.
Who is the contact person for your cover letter?
The contact person on a cover letter will typically be a hiring manager or a recruiter. The hiring manager works for the company to which you’re applying, and is typically the one who requested to fill the position in the first place. Many times, it’s also the person you’ll report to if you’re hired.
Remember: Hiring managers and recruiters play a pivotal role in deciding who they want to interview. You want to act and communicate professionally when speaking or emailing with the contact person. If you do something unprofessional, rude, or pushy, you’ll kill your chances of being hired for an internship. That person will quickly tell their team, “This candidate is a no-go.”
How do you figure out who the hiring manager and/or recruiter is for a position?
If you’re lucky, a company will list a contact person on the job description (typically at the top or the bottom). If the company does not list the hiring manager or recruiter, it’s time for you to do a little research. You have two options:
- Review the company’s website and LinkedIn.
- Call human resources.
1. Review the company’s website and LinkedIn
The first step in determining the hiring manager’s top-secret identity is to check out the company’s website and LinkedIn profile. If you’re applying for a marketing internship and there’s only one person who works in marketing, then you can make an educated guess about the hiring manager’s true identity.
Other times, there will be too many options—and I don’t recommend taking a wild guess. Making an assumption about who the hiring manager is can be risky. If you end up being wrong, you could insult the actual hiring manager. Instead, get in touch with the company by phone.
2. Call human resources (or the front desk)
If option 1 fails, it’s onto option two: working up the courage to call human resources. Note that if you’re applying to a small company, they may not have a human resources department. In this case, call the company and speak with the administrative assistant or front desk manager.
Yep, it’s a bit scary! But here’s all you need to say, “Hi, I’m preparing an application for your open internship position #12345. Would you happen to know the name of the hiring manager for this opening?”
Oftentimes, human resources will provide you with the information. Other times, they may say, “Just address it to HR.” If that’s the case, use a general salutation as outlined below.
How do you address a cover letter to human resources if you can’t figure out the contact person’s name?
If you can’t find a name for a contact person, the next best option is to use a general salutation—a greeting that does not include a specific person’s name. You may find sample cover letters that say, “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam.” I recommend using something a little more modern, such as:
- Dear Hiring Manager:
- Dear Search Committee:
- Dear Hiring Professional:
Not only will you avoid sounding like a 19th century butler (“Dear Madam, may I take your coat?”), but these options will prevent you from incorrectly assuming someone’s gender.
Let’s go over a few more details:
How do you address a cover letter to someone with a gender-neutral name?
If you have a contact name, but aren’t sure of the person’s gender identity, there’s a simple solution. Instead of using Ms./Mr., use their full name in your salutation. For example, “Dear Taylor Johnson.”
What title should you use?
If you choose to use a title like Ms. or Mr., think carefully about what title to use. For example, if the person holds a Ph.D., you may want to use Doctor (Dr.). Depending on their profession, other titles may include Professor (Prof.), Sergeant (Sgt.), or Reverend (Rev.).
And one last piece of advice: before submitting your cover letter, triple-check that you spelled your contact’s name correctly. Even though it’s a small typo, it’s the kind of error that can prevent you from landing an interview.
Now, it’s time to bring it all together. Do your research, include the hiring manager’s name, and differentiate yourself from the competition.
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How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship [Examples & Template]
Published: September 15, 2023
Writing a cover letter can feel like a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a lot of real-world experience.
Fortunately, a cover letter is actually a chance to explain how your extracurriculars and classes have taught you exceptional leadership and time management skills.
We’ve created an internship cover letter template to provide some initial structure and inspiration. For the best results, download our template, then add your own creativity and flair with the tips below.
How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship
- Include your name, date, location, and contact information.
- Include the company, department, and company address.
- Address the hiring manager.
- Set the context for your application.
- Sell your experience.
- Close the letter with grace and a call to action.
There are different formats you can use when writing internship cover letters, but you can’t go wrong with the traditional business letter format. Business professionals use this template style to apply for full-time roles, so your cover letter will stand out above the rest. Remember to proofread, use formal terms such as “Dear” and “Sincerely,” and lean towards a professional tone in your body copy.
1. Include your name, date, location, and contact information.
Although some companies are firmly against using applicant tracking systems, chances are many of the companies you apply to will screen your resume and cover letter using one. That means you’ll need to stand out to both an automated system and human recruiters.
Have you ever heard the myth that you’d get credit for writing your name on the SAT exam? The same applies to adding contact information to your cover letter, but it’s 100% true. Make it easy for the recruiter to get in touch with you by providing an up-to-date phone number and email address.
In the past, it was common for job and internship seekers to include their exact address on their cover letter as they’d mail them directly to the hiring managers. In today’s digital world, most hiring teams won’t need to know your exact home address to extend an internship offer, so feel free to leave it off. Simply include your city and state to give the team an idea of your proximity to the office.
Your City, State, Zip Code
Email: [email protected]
2. Include the company, department, and company address.
If you’re writing a cover letter for several internship opportunities, you’ll find it helpful to search the full name, department, and headquarters address of each company. Doing this as a separate step will help you copy the information accurately in your cover letter. Remember, you don’t want any typos or mistakes in your cover letter, especially when it comes to information that can be easily found on the internet.
Finding the department name may not be as simple, so you can leave that out if you’re unsure. If your company has several campuses or operates in different cities, use the address of the location where the internship will be performed or the office location where your hiring manager works. If your internship will be remote, use the company’s general headquarters address.
City, State Zip
3. Address the hiring manager.
As a student looking for an internship, you’ll definitely set yourself apart from other applicants by being resourceful. You can show your resourcefulness by searching for the hiring manager’s name to properly address them in your cover letter. Occasionally, their title is stated in the role description. You can then search for the role on LinkedIn to identify their name. If you can’t find a name, you can instead address them by title only. Other times, though, finding the name of the hiring manager could be more difficult. If a Google search doesn’t return a first and last name, your best bet is to leave the name out. Sacrificing a bit of personalization is much better than addressing the wrong person in your cover letter.
Dear X, (try to find the hiring manager’s name… if you can’t, you can put “Dear [Company A] Hiring Committee”)
4. Set the context for your application.
In the first paragraph, explain how you heard about the company or position, and if you know anyone at the company, mention them here. Next, express your own interest in the company or position and explain briefly how it relates to your own passions. Don’t forget to introduce yourself in this paragraph, writing your name, your education level, your major, and your interests.
You may opt for a creative first line to capture the reader’s attention. One that worked for me early in my career went something like this:
“ Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been telling stories since I was five years old. No, not fibbing — real storytelling... ”
This is where you’ll benefit from researching the company’s culture. While this opening statement worked well for startups and more laid-back companies, a big accounting firm might find it culturally off-beat.
5. Sell your experience.
Scan the internship position description and pick out a few qualities you think apply to you — just don’t choose all the descriptors mentioned as it could appear disingenuous and make your cover letter too long. For instance, if I see a company is looking for someone who’s “outgoing, organized, hardworking, and willing to take criticism,” I would pick those that describe me best and focus on providing examples in the body of my cover letter.
Mentioning the traits directly in your cover letter shows you’ve read the position description, and makes your cover letter more scannable. If the hiring manager is looking for someone with content skills, she might scan your cover letter looking for the words that indicate experience with content.
Finally, brainstorm a few compelling examples to show how you embody the most important characteristics. Don’t just write, “I have excellent customer service skills.” You want to prove it. Support your claim by writing something like,
“ Last summer, I worked as an orientation leader at my college, serving as a resource for incoming students and their parents. This experience strengthened my customer service skills. ”
Even if you don't have a lot of (or any) job experience, think about highlighting skills you've gained from extracurriculars, volunteer experience, or even passion projects:
“My passion for dance led me to become a volunteer dance teacher which helped me develop as a leader.”
6. Close the letter with grace and a call to action.
If the internship application does not explicitly state “please do not contact,” you might choose to conclude by specifying how you will follow up, such as, “I will call next week to see if my qualifications are a match,” or, “I am eager to meet with you to discuss this opportunity, and am available for an interview at a mutually convenient time.” Conclude by thanking the hiring manager for taking the time to consider you, and end on a positive, confident note, such as, “I look forward to speaking with you soon.”
You may even go a step further and give the hiring manager a call to action. Include a link to your online portfolio, a website, or even a YouTube channel where you display your work and personality. To see how often hiring managers are viewing these additional items, include tracking to your link using a URL tracker like Bitly to capture that data.
Sample Internship Cover Letter
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1 Hireme Road
Boston, MA, 20813
Email: [email protected]
May 20, 2021
Event Planning Department -- Internship Program
35 Recruiting St.
Boston, MA, 29174
Dear Internship Coordinator,
At the suggestion of John Smith, a senior marketer at Company A, I am submitting my resume for the Event Coordinator internship position. I am a junior at Elon University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Event Management, and am passionate about event planning. I am thrilled to hear about Company A’s Event Coordinator internship program and feel my experiences and skills would be an excellent match for your organization.
As an executive member of the Student Union Board at Elon, I am in charge of organizing, promoting, and implementing multiple school-related social activities per week, while being challenged to design new events. I work cohesively with a diverse team made up of students and faculty, and I also foster relationships with novelty companies.
My experience as an Orientation Leader has further prepared me for this internship. It was essential that I remain positive, outgoing, and energized during move-in day and act as a liaison between new students, families, and faculty in a fast-paced and demanding environment. I was expected to maintain a highly professional customer service ethic while interacting with families and new students.
My Elon University experiences, executive board membership, and orientation leadership role have prepared me to be successful in the Event Coordinator internship program. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can add value to Company A.
Marketing Internship Cover Letter Template
Marketing Department — Internship Program
I am a passionate, creative, and driven Elon University student with leadership and event planning experience, as well as strong communication skills. I am seeking opportunities to showcase my writing abilities in a challenging and stimulating environment. My skills and experiences will enable me to deliver successful results as a digital marketing intern for Company B.
Please allow me to highlight my key skills:
- Prior experience writing blog posts and press releases for marketing objectives
- Strong communication skills and ability to adopt voice for diverse audiences and varying purposes
- Efficient in managing multiple projects with fast-moving deadlines through organization and time-management skills
- A firm understanding of grammar rules and how to write effectively
- Experience in leadership positions, both as Student Union Board executive leader and as an Elon Orientation Leader
- Proven ability to form positive relationships with people from around the globe, exhibited by my internship experience in China last summer
- Experience organizing, promoting, and implementing social events
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere), and social media platforms
In closing, I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can be an asset to Company B. I will call next week to see if you agree that my qualifications are a match for the position. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Internship Cover Letter Examples
1. hospitality internship cover letter, why this cover letter example works:.
Passion, a willingness to learn, and previous industry experience are the factors that make this cover letter stand out. The hiring manager is able to see that the candidate has a genuine interest in the field of hospitality and takes their future in the field seriously.
How to incorporate these tips:
Start by analyzing your own experience and interest in comparison to the internship you're applying for. Do you have any examples, facts, or figures that you can include in your letter? This will help the hiring manager understand your interest in the position and give them more of a reason to hire you over the competition.
2. Supply Chain Internship Cover Letter
This student has concrete experience in three specific areas of the supply chain: demand forecasting, inventory management, and logistics strategies. Naming these areas of expertise is not only helpful for landing the internship, it helps the hiring manager structure the team by pairing them with other interns and mentors who can complement that skillset. If there's anything a hiring manager loves more than a prepared hire, it's a hire who's proactive!
3. Fashion Design Internship Cover Letter
Hands-on experience isn't possible in every field of work, but when you aspire to work in the fashion industry, there's no better way to stand out for an internship. In this internship cover letter example, Peter shares that he has practical experience designing clothing which demonstrates his ability to illustrate, design, and produce a material product which is exactly what Sleeves & Thread is looking for.
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. If you're planning to work in an industry that produces material goods, technology, or even provides services, a great way to prove your chops is to do it before you get the job. This might look like starting a small summer side hustle, working pro bono, or taking on projects at school for extra credit. Whatever route you choose, make sure to take on projects that build a quality portfolio that hiring managers will want to see.
4. Finance Internship Cover Letter
Rebecca takes the time to highlight her skillset, but she also balances her cover letter with reasons why Banking Corporation will be a great fit for her budding career. She gives plenty of reasons why the company is appealing to her which helps balance the cover letter.
The obvious point of a cover letter is to sell your skills to the hiring manager in order to secure the internship. However, it's important to remember that the hiring process is a two-way street. It's beneficial to incorporate reasons why you want to work for the business. Explaining what the business is doing that aligns with your personal goals and values can be the factor that tips the scale in your favor and gets you hired.
5. Marketing Cover Letter Internship Example
If you work in the industry of the arts, creative, or marketing, chances are you'll have more freedom when it comes to drafting your cover letter. Here, Robin takes a novel approach by weaving colorful language that practically jumps off the page. With just enough pizazz, her personality shines through which could leave the hiring manager wanting to learn more.
It may be tempting to throw in flowery language for the sake of standing out, but proceed with caution. A better approach would be to imagine you're seeing the internship opportunity for the first time, then share your excitement with a friend. Next, write down what you said, exactly as you said it, and edit from there to include the key points of a cover letter we mention in this article. You'll sound natural while still getting your point across succinctly.
Internship Cover Letter Templates
Standard internship cover letter template.
Use this cover letter template as a foundation for your cover letter. You can customize it to fit your experience and the companies you’ll be applying to.
Download this cover letter template
Data-Driven Internship Cover Letter Template
If your major is data-driven like STEM, marketing, or accounting, this is the internship cover letter template for you. With this template, you can include the data highlights of your class projects and assignments to show the hiring manager that you can support your experience with credible facts.
Entry-level Cover Letter Template
As you approach your senior year of college, you may be looking for entry-level roles rather than internships. Cover letters are just as important for full-time roles as they are for internships, so use this template to make the transition in your job search.
Wrapping Up Your Letter of Recommendation
A resume isn’t always enough to make an impression. Including a cover letter in your internship application is the first step to setting yourself apart from other applicants. Study and apply the six steps for writing a professional internship cover letter and use one of these samples or templates to customize it. Your resume gives the highlights of your time in college while your cover letter tells the story of how those experiences will serve you as an intern with your future employer. Use it to your advantage to land the first role in your career as you navigate college and beyond.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
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How to Write a Cover Letter for Internship (Examples & Template)
You’ve found the perfect internship and it’s now time to apply and land the position!
But, in addition to your resume, you also have to write an internship cover letter.
You might end up staring at the blank Word document for hours and nothing comes out.
We don’t blame you; cover letters are hard to write even if you have a decade’s worth of work experience, let alone if you’re a recent graduate or a student.
Worry not, though; in this article, we’re going to teach you all you need to know to write a compelling cover letter for your internship.
- Do you need a cover letter for an internship?
- How to write a compelling cover letter for an internship
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Do I Need a Cover Letter for an Internship?
First things first—if you’re wondering whether you actually need a cover letter for your internship application, the answer is yes .
An internship application is just like any other hiring process, meaning that a recruiter will go over your resume , cover letter (and maybe even references), and decide whether you’re qualified for the position.
And yes, recruiters contrary to what you might think, recruiters do read your cover letter. 56% of recruiters prefer a cover letter with an applicant’s application.
This is reasonable - a cover letter allows you to add essential information you didn’t have space for in a resume, as well as explain (in words) how your experiences are tied to the role you’re applying for.
As such, a cover letter for an internship is essential and complementary to your application package.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go over all the best ways to write a cover letter for an internship.
How to Write a Cover Letter for Internship
#1. respect the format.
Before you can focus on your cover letter’s contents, you should first make sure you’re sticking to the right format.
Otherwise, your cover letter will be disorganized and the recruiter will have a hard time following your train of thought.
So, here’s the format that your cover letter for an internship should follow:
- Header with contact information. This includes your full name, professional email, phone number, and LinkedIn profile (if you have one). Underneath your contact info, you should add the date and the receiver’s information (the recruiter’s name and title, the company/organization name, and their physical address).
- Addressing the recruiter. Greeting the recruiter with “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern” is common, but not the best approach. Want to show the hiring manager that you did your research? We recommend you address the hiring manager by name directly. Our guide on how to address a cover letter covers everything you need to know on this topic!
- Opening statement. Your opening statement should be brief, but at the same time professional and attention-grabbing. Here, you introduce yourself, mention the position you’re applying for, and potentially a key achievement or two.
- Body. The body of your cover letter consists of 2-3 paragraphs where you highlight your education, provide background for your skills, and explain how you (and the company) would benefit from each other professionally.
- Closing paragraph. Your closing paragraph is your chance to include a call to action, to thank the recruiters for their time, or mention anything important you left out.
- Formal salutation. End your cover letter with a formal salutation such as “kind regards,” “sincerely,” or “best regards.” Our guide on how to end a cover letter can teach you all you need to know on the topic.
Having trouble getting started with your cover letter? Read our guide on how to start a cover letter and get inspired!
#2. State the Position You’re Applying For in the Opening
Recruiters hate one-size-fits-all cover letters and resumes.
Around 48% of recruiters and hiring managers aren’t even going to read your cover letter if it’s not customized to the role you’re applying for.
And one of the easiest ways to do this is by mentioning the role you’re applying for right in the cover letter opening.
This allows you to:
- Show that you will be tailoring the rest of your cover letter for that position alone.
- Prove that your cover letter is customized for this specific internship, and you’re not just randomly applying for the job,
Here’s a practical example of how you can mention the role you’re applying for in the cover letter opening:
Dear Mr. Jacobs,
It is my pleasure to apply for the Communications Assistant internship position at the United Nations Development Programme. I can confidently say based on my 2-year experience working as a journalist and my excellent academic results in the Mass Communications Major that I’d be a good fit for the position.
#3. Mention the Right Keywords
When reviewing your application, hiring managers tend to scan your cover letter or resume and look for the right keywords that would make you qualified for the internship you’re applying for.
E.g. If you're applying for a job in graphic design, the recruiter is probably looking for keywords like “Photoshop,” “Illustrator,” or “InDesign.”
As such, it’s very important to include the right keywords in your cover letter.
How can you find these keywords, you might ask?
It’s actually pretty simple - just look at the internship job description and go through the required skills & responsibilities and identify the keywords that you’d think the recruiter would be looking for.
Then, do the following:
- Sprinkle some of those keywords throughout your cover letter. When relevant, back them up with an experience. E.g. don’t just say “I’m good at Photoshop,” say how you’ve taken 3 different Photoshop classes and used Photoshop for 2 different projects.
- Don’t include keywords that don’t apply to you, they’ll just make it seem like you’re copy-pasting from the job description.
- Research and add other popular soft skills that recruiters look for in applicants for the role you’re applying for. E.g. If you’re applying for an internship as a communications assistant, chances are, you’ll need strong communication skills (even if this is not something listed in the job description.
Now, let’s look at a practical example. Let’s say that the internship you’re applying for requires the following skills:
- Ability to meet strict deadlines
Here’s how you’d mention this in your cover letter:
During my time as Editor in Chief at my University’s newspaper, I got to develop my communication and leadership skills significantly. For over two years, I was in charge of a 7 people team, which also helped my teamwork skills and my ability to meet deadlines.
Keep in mind, though, that it IS possible to overdo it with the keywords.
44% of hiring managers say they will dismiss a resume or cover letter that looks as if it has copied the job posting.
Using each and every keyword mentioned in the job description (without backing the skills up with experiences) might cause the hiring manager to think that you’re just copying the job ad & don’t actually have these skills.
So, don’t just copy-paste all the keywords from the job description, and if you DO mention a lot of those keywords, make sure to back them up with practical experiences.
#4. Highlight Your Education
If you don’t have a lot of work experience, your education and relevant coursework is your best chance to show that you’re a good fit for the internship.
Letting the recruiter know what kind of courses you’ve completed that are relevant to the internship you’re applying for will be a big plus for your application.
Say, for example, that you’re applying for an internship as a graphic designer. To make your internship cover letter impactful, make sure to mention all the relevant courses and related accomplishments.
Here’s an example of how you could do that:
As a Visual Design major, I have completed several courses that have helped me build my professional portfolio. A few of the most beneficial ones have been Design & Layout and Visual Communication: Theory and Practice. I have also gained valuable experience doing the layout of the university’s newspaper for 4 years and of several books as independent projects.
#5. Provide Background For Your Skills
It’s one thing to just claim that you have a set of skills and another to prove it.
Anyone can say that they’re great at doing something, but what makes all the difference is when you can actually put your money where your mouth is.
For example, in your internship cover letter, instead of just mentioning that you have “good time-management skills,” actually back it up with a past experience that proves it.
During the summers I assisted my family’s wedding planning business, I learned a lot about time management. In that kind of business, it’s important that things run like clockwork so in addition to time management skills, it also significantly improved my attention to detail.
#6. Explain Why You’re a Good Fit For The Position
In addition to just listing out the skills that are relevant and beneficial for the internship, you should also explain why you are a good fit for the position.
This means that you should connect the dots between what the company/organization is looking to gain from its interns and what you can do to provide those services.
So, after you research and create an understanding of what is required of you, you should use your cover letter to explain why you’re a good fit for that position.
For the sake of the example, let’s assume you’re applying for an internship at a Human Rights organization. A big chunk of what the role requires is categorizing virtual files of the cases the organization has worked on in the past.
What you want to do, in this case, is show how you can help with that particular job as an intern. Here’s how:
I have spent 3 summers working at the National Library, where I was tasked to sort and categorize books based on their topic, author, and year of publication, and also memorize where each section fits in the library. I believe this skill, which I have perfected over the years, can really be of use for the internship position at Organization X.
#7. Describe What You Would Gain Professionally
In addition to showing (and proving) your skills and how you can benefit the company, you should also explain how getting the position will benefit YOU .
When it comes to internships, oftentimes they serve the purpose of helping students and young professionals acquire in-depth knowledge about the industry, create a network, and develop skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.
So, it will surely help you make an even better impression if you show that you are self-aware about what you’ll get out of the internship and how it will help you grow professionally.
Here’s how you can do that:
I am excited for this internship to provide me with the necessary customer service skills and network that will help me grow professionally in my future career as a customer service manager.
#8. Proofread Your Cover Letter
After all, is written and done, there’s one final thing to do and that is make sure your cover letter doesn’t have mistakes.
A spelling or grammar mistake probably won’t disqualify you, but at the same time, it will probably be a red flag for recruiters that you’re not too attentive.
For this reason, ask a friend to proofread your cover letter or use spell-checking software such as Grammarly and Hemingway .
Want to know what other cover letter mistakes you should avoid? Our guide on cover letter mistakes has all you need to know on the topic!
#9. Match Your Cover Letter & Resume Designs
Want your internship application to truly shine?
Match your cover letter design with your resume!
Sure, you could go with a generic Word cover letter template, but why fit in when you can stand out?
At Novorésumé, all our resume templates come with a matching cover letter template , guaranteed to make your application truly special.
Cover Letter for Internship Template
Struggling to create a cover letter for your internship?
Simply follow our tried-and-tested internship cover letter template!
And that’s a wrap! You should now have all the necessary information about how to create a cover letter for an internship.
Now, let’s do a small recap of the key learning points we just covered:
- Cover letters are a must when you’re applying for an internship.
- When you start writing your cover letter, make sure you respect the format: the header with contact information, the greeting to the recruiter, an opening paragraph, the body with 2-3 paragraphs, and a closing paragraph followed by an official salutation and your name.
- Some of our main tips on how to write a cover letter for an internship include: state the position you’re applying for, make use of the right keywords, and back up your skills with experiences.
- Use a cover letter builder and match it with your resume to make sure your cover letter truly stands out from the rest.
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If you are applying for an internship, you will likely have to submit a cover letter as part of your application. Your cover letter should be tailored to the specific internship for which you're applying and include examples from your work, academic, and extracurricular experiences.
When writing a cover letter for an internship position, it's important to share your most relevant qualifications with the hiring manager. When you don't have much (or any) formal work experience, you can include school activities, volunteering, educational programs, and other learning experiences.
- Take the time to write a customized cover letter for each internship you apply for, and include your most relevant qualifications for the position.
- When you don't have work experience, you can include academics, extracurricular activities, and volunteering.
- Be specific, and share examples of the skills the employer is looking for in your cover letter.
- Carefully proofread and edit your cover letter prior to sending it.
Your cover letter should include your contact information, a greeting, the reason you're writing, why you're a qualified applicant for the position, and a closing.
Contact Information: How you address the cover letter will depend on whether you are sending a printed or email cover letter and the contact information you have for the employer. In a printed letter, the contact information will be at the top of the letter. For an email, add your contact information below your typed name.
Salutation: The salutation is the greeting you include at the beginning of a cover letter. For example, “Dear Hiring Manager.”
Body of Letter: The body of a cover letter includes the sections where you explain why you are interested in and qualified for the job for which you are applying. This typically includes an introductory paragraph, a paragraph or two describing your qualifications, and a closing paragraph.
Closing: When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job, it's important to close your cover letter in a professional manner. For example, “Sincerely” or “Respectfully.”
Signature: In a printed cover letter, you’ll add a written signature above your printed name. For an email cover letter, add a space after the closing and type your name.
Use Business Letter Format. Use proper business letter format when sending a cover letter by mail. Include your contact information at the top, the date, and the contact information for the employer. Be sure to provide a proper salutation, and sign your name at the bottom. If you are sending the cover letter via email , you do not have to include the contact information at the top. Instead, place this as part of your email signature at the end of your letter.
Customize Your Cover Letter. It's important to write a unique cover letter for each internship for which you apply. Highlight skills and abilities you have that relate to the specific internship listing. The main emphasis of your cover letter should be convincing the reader that you will be an asset as an intern.
Provide Specific Examples. If you mention that you have a particular skill or ability in your cover letter, be sure to prove this with a specific example from your past work, academic, or extracurricular experience.
Add Keywords to Your Letter. One way to individualize your letter is to use keywords from the internship listing. For example, if the listing says the intern needs to have excellent “time management skills,” include an example of how you have demonstrated time management skills in the past. You'll be able to show the hiring manager that they have the skills you are seeking.
Emphasize Your Academic Experience. In the letter, you can mention academic experience, if applicable. Especially if you have limited work experience, you might use examples from school to demonstrate that you have particular skills. For example, if the internship requires you to work as part of a team, provide an example of a successful team project you worked on during one of your college courses.
Include Extracurricular Experiences. You can also include details about your relevant experience from extracurricular activities or volunteer work . For example, a reporter for a college newspaper can point to interviewing and writing skills; a history of volunteering at a shelter can provide an example of strong interpersonal and organizational skills .
Mention How You Will Follow Up. Towards the end of your letter, say how you will follow up with the employer. You might say that you will call the office to follow up in about a week (don't follow up any sooner). However, do not include this if the internship listing specifically says not to contact the office.
Carefully Proofread and Edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread your cover letter for spelling and grammar errors. Many internships are very competitive, and any error can hurt your chances of getting an interview. Also, avoid using too many words to convey your information and intent. Keep your points brief and targeted.
Review sample printed and email cover letters for internship positions, and get a template to download to use as a starting point for your own letter.
Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example below.
Internship Cover Letter Sample (Text version)
Joseph Q. Applicant 123 Main Street Anytown, CA 12345 555-555-5555 email@example.com
October 26, 2022
Director, Human Resources BC Labs 123 Business Rd. Business City, NY 54321
Dear Ms. Smith,
I am writing to apply for the scientific research summer internship position that was listed in the Anytown University Career Services Office. I believe my research and conservation experience make me an ideal candidate.
I have had a great deal of research experience in chemistry, biology, and geology, both in the lab and in the field. Most of my experience is in environmental field studies. I am currently conducting research in our school's outdoor laboratory to assess the water quality of a nearby pond. I know water quality assessment is a component of this internship, and I know my previous experience makes me a prime candidate for this.
Last summer, I worked as a conservation assistant at the National Trust's Clumber Park. Along with trail maintenance and building, I also served as a research assistant for the research organization at the park. I conducted an analysis of soil samples, and input data from various research projects. I received a special commendation from the director of the research organization for my attention to detail and dedication to research.
I believe that I would be an asset to your program. This internship would provide me with the ideal opportunity to assist your organization and expand my research skills.
I will call next week to see if you agree that my qualifications seem to be a match for the position. If so, I hope to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time. I look forward to speaking with you.
Thank you for your consideration,
Signature (hard copy letter)
Joseph Q. Applicant
If you're sending your cover letter via email , your format will be slightly different than a traditional letter. List your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message.
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer's contact information (also don’t list your contact information at the top of the message). Start your email message with the salutation.
Subject: Liz Lerner – Marketing Intern Position
Dear Mr. Peters,
It was with much interest that I read your posting on the ABC College job board inviting applications for a marketing internship at Brand Solutions Inc.
As an honors student in marketing, I have successfully completed upper-division coursework in marketing management, print and online advertising, social media management, and data analysis, which have provided me with a firm understanding of rising market strategies and technologies.
This coursework included on-site practicums with Boyd Brothers LLC and Boulevard Bistro, where I helped the owners of these businesses establish their first-ever social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. This involved setting up their accounts, creating photo and video content, writing posts, launching digital ad campaigns, and tracking user engagement via Google Analytics and Facebook Analytics. I am also well-versed in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud for graphic design and Microsoft Office suite.
Impressed by the press that Brand Solutions Inc. has received in Market Branding Today and on Forbes Online , I am eager for the challenges and opportunities I would experience as your next marketing intern. My resume is attached; may we please schedule a personal interview to discuss my qualifications for this role in greater detail? Thank you for your time, consideration, and forthcoming response.
Liz Lerner firstname.lastname@example.org 555-123-4567 www.linkedin.com/in/lizlerner (optional)
Do I have to write a cover letter for an internship?
If a cover letter is listed as optional, you don’t have to include one. However, a cover letter provides you with the opportunity to showcase the credentials you have for the position. When you don’t have formal work experience, your cover letter is a good way to highlight the talents, attributes, and experience that make you an ideal candidate for the role.
What can I include in a cover letter when I don’t have work experience?
When you don’t have work experience, you can share examples of volunteering, extracurricular activities, schoolwork, academic programs, sports, community organizations, and other ways you have gained skills and experience that qualify you for the position.
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7 September 2023
Writing an Internship Cover Letter (with Examples)
Writing an internship cover letter is a bit like getting in and out of skinny jeans. It’s tricky, but pretty much an essential life skill.
Most employers will ask you to attach one alongside your CV when applying for an internship .
In this guide, we run you through all you need to know.
What is an internship cover letter?
How to write a cover letter for an internship, internship cover letter example.
Put simply, an internship cover letter is a formal letter that outlines who you are, why you are interested in the role and why you’re a smashing candidate.
A cover letter for an internship should urge an employer to read your CV and seriously consider your application. And, when you’re likely applying as one of many applicants, it should help you stand out.
This doesn’t mean doing anything crazy, like making all the text bold and pink. But it does mean (humbly) boasting about your attributes and skills.
Read on for the how…
Here is a step-by-step guide to putting together an internship cover letter. Think of it like an IKEA manual without confusing diagrams and Allen keys. (Unfortunately.)
Firstly, make sure to tailor your cover letter for each internship application you make.
Set up a document in business letter format. There’s a template for this in Word. But you can also find what you need on Google.
Then…begin to write.
STEP 1: The opening
The opening address in a cover letter is remarkably important. It’s like the first flight of an albatross chick.
If it takes to the wind, it’ll soar off the beach and into the sky to a life of internships and career opportunities. If it falls and lands in the ocean, it’ll get wet and almost immediately be ripped apart by tiger sharks.
If you address your cover letter to the wrong person. Or to nobody at all, tiger sharks will be the least of your problems. So try and avoid Dear Sir / Madam or To whom it may concern .
Dear Full Name, e.g. Dear John Smith , Dear Mr / Ms Surname, e.g. Dear Mr / Ms Smith. Always write Ms instead of Miss / Mrs. Don’t presume marital status.
Finding the recruiter’s name is not always easy. If you’re struggling via LinkedIn, you have a number of other options…
- Ring or email the company , and ask for the name of the person who is tasked with reading the cover letters for the internship you’re applying for
- Many organisations have a ‘no name’ policy for confidentiality reasons, so if they can’t give you a name…
- Address your cover letter to the head of the department your internship is in
- If you cannot find the name of the person who handles recruitment, address your internship letter to someone that works in human resources (HR)
- As a last resort, address your cover letter to someone in your team.
STEP 2: Introduction
In the introduction of a cover letter for an internship, you need to specify what internship you are applying for.
Be specific. Here’s an example:
“I am writing regarding the vacancy for the consultancy internship with PwC.”
It’s also a good idea to reference where you found the internship vacancy. Employers love to know what channels students use when looking for jobs. Here is an example –
“as advertised on RateMyPlacement. Please find my CV attached.”
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STEP 3: Company research
Now it’s time to let the recruiter know why you are interested in the internship. Don’t write ‘because mother told me to’. You want to give specific reasons why the company or the content of the course have drawn you to this internship.
Do some research about the company that is organising the internship. Below is a list of areas you should focus your research on…
- Origins of company
- Has the company been in the news recently?
- Any major projects the company has been involved in?
- Background of directors or the manager of the team you’re applying to
- Company values / vision.
If you want to research the programme you are applying for, check for any case studies or reviews written by previous interns.
Then craft your next paragraph around the question: why do you want to do this internship? Here is an example of how to approach this –
“I am drawn to this internship at PwC because it concentrates on sustainability and climate change consultancy. I have read about PwC’s recent project implementing new sustainability procedures in government buildings across the UK. My involvement in the ‘Clear Up Our Campus’ campaign at university makes me perfect for this internship. “
Here, you have shown why you are attracted to the course, demonstrated that you understand what the internship consists of, and even commented on a recent project. It’s a winning formula.
STEP 4: Work experience & qualifications
Now we move on to your work experience, skills and qualifications and why they make you perfect for the internship.
Ensure that you keep the content of your internship cover letter relevant to the role on offer. If you can do a passable impression of Morgan Freeman, that’s great. But it won’t improve your chances of getting an interview.
What unique skills can you bring to the company? What previous work experience has prepared you for this internship?
If you can answer these questions, employers will be under your spell. As if you were Hermione Granger. Or Ronald Weasley.
Try something like this –
“As my CV describes, I am two years into a Sustainable Engineering degree, achieving high grades in modules focused on sustainable planning in urban environments. My studies have imparted the groundwork of knowledge and analytical skills crucial for a career in this consultancy field. I also have three years of work experience at The Bear Factory, which has imparted great collaborative skills. “
STEP 5: Outro
In this closing section, thank the recruiter for considering your application and express your interest / availability for attending an interview.
One sentence will do it. Something like this…
“Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the programme further in an interview .”
STEP 6: Signing off
If you start your covering letter with a personal name, such as “Dear Susie,” end it with “Yours Sincerely.”
If you didn’t manage to find the recruiter’s name, use “Yours Faithfully.”
Once you’ve proofread, it’s pen down and time to find some cake. You’ve officially finished your internship cover letter, just in time to apply for that internship.
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The examples from each step in this guide have been combined to form a complete example of an internship cover letter.
This example is for a consultancy internship with PwC …
Dear John Smith,
I am writing regarding the vacancy for the consultancy internship with PwC, as advertised on RateMyPlacement. Please find my CV attached.
I am drawn to this internship at PwC because it concentrates on sustainability and climate change consultancy. I have read about PwC’s recent project implementing new sustainability procedures in government buildings across the UK. My involvement in the ‘Clear Up Our Campus’ campaign at university makes me perfect for this internship.
‘As my CV describes, I am two years into a Sustainable Engineering degree, achieving high grades in modules focused on sustainable planning in urban environments. My studies have imparted the groundwork of knowledge and analytical skills crucial for a career in this consultancy field. I also have three years of work experience at The Bear Factory, which has imparted great collaborative skills.’’
Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the programme further in an interview.
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