Internship Cover Letter Sample and Writing Tips
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, and should include examples from your work, academic, and extracurricular experiences.
Read below for tips on writing an internship cover letter, and review a sample cover letter for an internship.
Tips for Writing an Internship Cover Letter
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, or the handwritten signature at the bottom.
Individualize your cover letter. Make sure to write a unique cover letter for each internship you apply for. 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.
Use keywords. 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.
Provide specific examples. If you say 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.
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 for 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.
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.
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.
Edit, edit, 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.
Internship Cover Letter Sample
Use the sample cover letter below as a guideline to get you started.
You can copy the layout of the letter, and even look at the content of the letter for ideas for your own letter. However, be sure to revise the sample to fit your specific experiences and the internship you are applying for.
Your City, State, Zip Code
City, State Zip
Dear Ms. LastName,
I am writing to apply for the scientific research summer internship position that was listed through the XYZ 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 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 to 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)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
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 contact information (also don’t list your contact information at the top of the message). Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.
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The cover letter template pack on this page is for a college student applying for a marketing internship. The candidate emphasizes their relevant coursework and personal traits that make them the perfect candidate for the job. The cover letter below has been written based on the professionally-written college student resume hosted on our website.
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Both of the letters on this page follow the cover letter template library outlined in our comprehensive cover letter writing guide.
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Cover Letter for an Internship
The cover letters below are based on the internship resume example on the left. Click on the image to get tips on how to write a resume that compliments your cover letter.
Student cover letters are structured a bit differently than their professional counterparts. Instead of focusing on work experience, students must rely on their relevant coursework to persuade the employer. Since this candidate is applying for a marketing position, they include course like ‘Marketing Analytics’ and ‘Survey Research’. Students should also mention their GPA (if above 3.0), academic achievements, and any honors or awards.
Download the template pack below and choose your favorite style — Park, Elegant, or Classic. Use the samples to help you format your own cover letter.
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[341 Company Address
Company City, State, xxxxx
Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name),
I’m writing to you regarding the marketing role that opened up recently. I came across the job description on [Website Name], and was delighted to find that my academic accomplishments meet all of the necessary requirements. I am seeking a challenging but rewarding internship, which is why I was drawn to this exciting opportunity.
As a junior marketing student at the University of Georgia, I have acquired skills in advertising, PR, product development, and market research. Currently I hold a 3.8 GPA and have been on the Dean’s List every semester. While in the college of business I have strategically focused my coursework in the following areas:
- Marketing Analytics
- Marketing Management
- Survey Research
- Strategic Internet Marketing
- Integrated Marketing Communications
Using my knowledge of the above, I designed a marketing campaign for a local pet grooming business that yielded the highest return on investment based on a budget. The campaign was so well received that I was awarded third place in UGA’s business plan competition.
I would be delighted to have an opportunity to personally interview with you. Please accept the enclosed resume and feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. I appreciate your time and consideration.
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