Work experience letter template.
by Amber Rolfe
Looking to gain some work experience?
No matter what your situation, a well-written work experience letter could make all the difference when it comes to being considered for your ideal placement, not to mention help you to stand out from a number of other applicants.
But how do you ask for it, and what do you need to include?
We’ve already covered what you need to know about work experience placements , but here’s our free work experience letter template, to help you get started:
Work Experience Letter Template
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What is a work experience letter?
A work experience letter is something you attach on your application for work experience, to let a company know you’re interested in finding a placement with them.
It’s similar to a cover letter , although it will tend to focus more on your skills and education, rather than your previous experience (although it is possible to find work experience later on in your career).
What should a work experience letter include?
Although your work experience letter will always be unique to you and your situation, you should generally try to include the following:
- Who you are
- What kind of role you’re looking for
- Your overall career goals (and why this position would help)
- Your skills (or previous experience, if you have any)
- Why you’d be suitable for the role
If you’re further along in your career, you may also want to include a copy of your CV.
Internship and apprenticeship applications work slightly differently, so if you’re interested in these opportunities, our internship and apprenticeship section should help get started.
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Opening the letter
Cover: Who are you, and what are you looking for?
In other words, covering the basics.
This section should be short, to the point, and most importantly – accurate.
Always double-check to make sure you’ve got the right address and name, and don’t forget to edit it for each organisation you send your letter to. Because (unsurprisingly), work experience letters addressed to the wrong person won’t impress any employer.
And, as work experience placements are rarely formally advertised, it’ll be up to you to make your own offer. So also give the employer a brief outline of who you are, what you’re doing (e.g. at school, university, or working), and explain what you’re looking for.
Example: I am a Year 10 student from Secondary School, studying GCSEs in Maths, English, and Science, alongside my chosen subjects of Textiles, Graphics, Geography, and Art.
I’d like to enquire about a potential work experience placement at Company Name LTD which I will be available to carry out for two weeks, from Date X-Date Y.
Cover: What are your career goals?
This section should express a genuine interest for your chosen company and field of work, which should coincide with your career goals and ambitions.
And, as it’s likely that many local organisations receive a large number of work experience requests, you’ll need to place emphasis on your enthusiasm if you want to land your perfect placement.
To really stand out, show you’ve done your research, and express an interest in the company’s recent developments and successes.
Whether the organisation has recently launched a marketing campaign you support, you’re a big fan of their products or services, or you have a keen interest in the brand and what they stand for – expressing why you want to work for a particular organisation will help boost your chances of being considered.
Example: I’m keen on gaining some practical experience in a creative environment, as this is the field I’m looking to pursue a career in in the future. I’m particularly interested in working for Fashion Retail Company LTD – being an avid fan of your products (having used many of them myself). I also feel you provide excellent service and the atmosphere is positive and welcoming whenever I visit the store.
Cover: Why are you suitable for the placement?
This is your chance to sell yourself.
List all of your relevant skills, and think of a real-life example to back each of them up. The examples can be from any area of your life (work, school, university), but it’s important that they accurately quantify your skills.
Then, consider your hobbies and interests , and assess what value they could add to your application. Are they related to the placement? Do they demonstrate any of the above skills? And are they unique enough to gain a positive reaction?
Example: I’m a motivated hard worker, with a creative mind and an excellent attention to detail. This can be shown in my most recent assignments for Textiles and Graphics, where I used both creativity and attention to functionality to create an children’s dress and an interactive board game – achieving an A* for each.
In my spare time, I volunteer at a local dance group, where I help to look after 10 children alongside a qualified dance teacher. This demonstrates my leadership skills, and ability to work well with others.
Closing the letter
Cover: Everything again (AKA Reiterate)
Close the letter by summing up your suitability and interest in the field, and always express your gratitude for their consideration.
After all, an employer isn’t obligated to give anyone a work experience placement. You may be helping them out by offering to work, but they’re doing you a favour too – especially if gaining experience in the field you’re looking for work in will help with your overall career goals.
Keep this section short (one or two lines max), and abide by the standard letter rules when you sign off ( yours sincerely if you know their name, yours faithfully if you don’t).
Example: As an enthusiastic student with a keen interest in what your organisation does, alongside an ability to learn new things and progress in this industry, I would be very grateful to be considered for an opportunity at Retail Fashion Company LTD.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Use this cover letter template if:
- you're applying for a job that has been advertised
- you have some paid work experience.
For sample cover letters designed for other situations, visit our our sample cover letters pages .
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When to use this sample cover letter
This sample cover letter shows you what you can write when applying for an advertised job, and you have some paid work experience.
You can use this sample cover letter whatever your level of education. It has been written for use by:
- early school leavers
- current high school students
- VCE or VCAL graduates
- current university or TAFE students
- university or TAFE graduates
Features of this sample cover letter
The focus of this kind of cover letter is to prove you're able to:
- meet the requirements of the job
- make a positive contribution to the organisation or business.
Key points of this sample letter are that it:
- introduces you to the reader
- responds to the requirements of the job
- attracts the reader's interest and refers them to your resume
- doesn't include too many “I" statements, which can disengage readers.
What to include in a cover letter
A good cover letter should include:
- your name, email address and phone number at the top of the page on the right
- the name of the business and the contact person's full name on the left
- a reference line (e.g., "Re: Application for Administration Assistant position")
- an address to the reader directly (for example, "Dear Mr. Moyle" - avoid using "To whom it may concern" if you can)
- an opening statement that briefly introduces you to the reader
- a main body that highlights your relevant skills and experiences
- a closing paragraph asking to arrange an interview.
For more about resumes and cover letters, check out these pages:
- Sample resumes
- Sample Cover Letters
- How to Write a Resume
- How to Write a Cover Letter
A sample cover letter if you have some paid work experience.
Joanne Tint Email: [email protected] Mobile: XXXX XXX XXX
Mr Allan Moyle John Smith and Associates Phone: XXXX XXX XXX Email: [email protected]
15 December 2018
RE: Application for Trainee Administration Assistant position
Dear Mr. Moyle,
As a young and motivated individual I am extremely interested in submitting an application for the advertised Trainee Administrative Assistant position with John Smith and Associates.
In November 2017 I completed my VCE studies and also obtained a Certificate II in Business Administration. This has given me a range of practical capabilities that will meet the needs of this role.
While completing my VCE studies I worked part-time as a Customer Service Assistant for KSmart. My responsibilities in this role included providing face-to-face customer service and assisting on the floor with stock movements and visual merchandising. This position has given me key employability skills while also allowing me to experience working in a professional and fast-paced work environment.
With regard to my ability to meet the specific requirements of this job:
- customer service - worked for four years in a face-to-face customer service environment providing customer service at registers, lay-by counter and on the retail floor
- reception duties - responsibilities at KSmart included answering incoming phone calls and assisting customers with phone-based enquiries
- general administration - Certificate II in Business Administration has provided training in the use of skills including filing, data processing, records management and writing communication.
My teachers and employers have commended me for my high level of interpersonal skills and naturally engaging personality. My motivations include learning new things and the challenge of meeting key objectives. My current and previous managers can be contacted to provide more information about my ability to meet the needs of this job.
I understand that you will receive a large number of applications for this role. I do, however, believe that my motivation, commitment and pre-existing skills will allow me to fit into your work environment and immediately start supporting the needs of your organisation.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my application at an interview. I have enclosed a copy of my resume for your consideration. I can be contacted at all times on the details provided above.
Thanking you in advance for your time,
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February 14, 2023 | By the Resume Genius Team | Reviewed by Rebecca Tay, Ph.D.
Landing an internship isn’t difficult if you can put together a good cover letter. We’ve outlined how to write a cover letter for an internship that will land you the role you want, and provided a free internship cover letter example.
If you want to give your application a unique look, use a fresh template for your cover letter .
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Choose the right cover letter format to ensure your cover letter looks polished and is easy to read.
Benjamin Locke Hart Marketing 2793 Limer Street Atlanta, GA, 30328 (770) 616-1847 [email protected]
Dear Mr. Locke,
I’m writing to you regarding the marketing role that opened up at Hart Marketing recently. I came across the job description on LinkedIn 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. 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 our given 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.
How to write a cover letter for an internship
Learning how to put together a cover letter for the specific job(s) you want will help you land more interviews.
Ready to write your own internship cover letter? In the following video our resident career expert Corissa breaks down how to write a cover letter for an internship, step-by-step:
Good internships aren’t easy to land, especially if you’re applying to a well-known company. If you’re a student with little or no relevant experience, it’s challenging to convince employers you’re the person they should choose for the position. That’s where an internship cover letter comes in.
Not only is it a great opportunity to make up for your lack of experience, recent cover letter statistics show that a quarter of hiring managers think cover letters are “very important”. Your cover letter provides space for you to not only communicate your passion for the role, but also to highlight relevant skills and education which might not fit on your resume.
Here are five tips to help you write a cover letter for an internship that showcases your qualifications and convinces employers that you’re the right person for the job.
1. Focus on your motivation and passion
Internships are entry-level positions. So most hiring managers aren’t expecting you to have much formal work experience.
Instead, hiring managers look for interns with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn . These qualities show you’ll take full advantage of the training you’re given.
A resume doesn’t leave much room for communicating passion and motivation. So, it’s essential that your internship cover letter conveys this passion by explaining your motivation for applying.
Here are three ways to communicate your motivation to employers in a cover letter for an internship:
- Describe your relevant interests. For example, if you’re applying for a beauty internship, talk about how you’ve been giving family and friends makeovers since you were young.
- Give an example of when you showed initiative. For instance, talk about how you started a campaign for green issues during college.
- Express interest in the company’s business by citing specific practices or products you’re excited about working with.
Additionally, if you lack relevant work experience, you can focus on other experiences you have that qualify you for the internship.
For example, mention any relevant college coursework , extracurriculars , or volunteer work experience that relates to the industry you want to intern in. This will make you appear eager to build your knowledge and seem more qualified.
List these experiences in bullet points in the body of your letter. Here’s an example of what that looks like in practice:
2. Showcase your ambition
Not all interns make coffee and organize filing cabinets. Many companies give promising interns real projects that affect the company’s bottom line and then offer the best interns jobs once their internship has finished.
Your cover letter should show you’re interested in doing more than just helping full-time employees out. Communicate that you’re both capable of handling the responsibilities of the job and driven to excel.
One of the best ways to emphasize your ambition in your intern cover letter is by adding hard numbers. Hard numbers provide a clearer picture of your specific achievements and show the reader that you can get results.
For example, if you were active in local politics in college and are applying for a political internship, you might include a bullet point like this:
Organized fundraising event for Congresswoman Harriet Lopez, raising $38,000 for her re-election campaign.
3. Address the hiring manager by name
One of the best ways to impress the hiring manager is simply by using their name when you start your cover letter . Instead of writing “Dear Sir/Madam,” or “ To Whom It May Concern ,” do some research first to figure out the name of the hiring manager or department head.
If their name isn’t available on the company website or in the job ad, here are a couple of other ways to find the hiring manager’s name:
- Call the company you’re applying to and ask for the relevant person’s name
- Search for the hiring manager’s name by looking through the company’s employees on LinkedIn
Using the hiring manager’s name shows that you’re serious about the internship and willing to take the extra effort to make a personal connection with them. Just by knowing how to address a cover letter properly , you’ve already made your application more impressive.
4. Focus on your education
If you don’t have much work experience yet, use your cover letter to focus on the qualifications you do have. Specifically, you should showcase your education.
For example, if you’re applying for a computer science internship , mention specific classes or relevant coursework you’ve taken in computer science. In particular, draw attention to what you’ve achieved in your classes (e.g., any class projects you’ve finished) to provide real examples of what you can do.
Focusing on your relevant academic qualifications shows employers that you’re already passionate about the field. It indicates that this internship isn’t just about adding length to your resume — it’s a way to advance your career and increase your knowledge of an industry you’re interested in.
5. Use the right internship cover letter format
A cover letter for an internship position should follow certain formatting. For instance, your cover letter should be four paragraphs long and use up about one full page (but no more than that).
Although this might sound short, it’s still plenty of space to describe your talents.
Simply follow the template below to learn how to format your cover letter properly:
Internship cover letter format
First, formally introduce yourself, and say where you heard about the internship. Add some information about your background and explain why you’re applying.
In the second paragraph, sell your skills and the accomplishments you’ve added to your resume. Touch on your passion for the industry, and give examples of when you’ve excelled in a professional or academic capacity.
If you’re writing an internship cover letter with no experience , focus on your academic credentials.
Here you can mention anything that makes your application unique. For example, do some research about the company, and describe how you’d personally be a good fit for the company’s culture. Or elaborate on the company’s positive impact on your community (or society at large), and explain why that attracts you to work there.
Finish your application with a call to action . Say you’re ready to be interviewed and thank the reader for their time. Finally, close your cover letter with “Sincerely,” followed by your name.
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I bet when you see a job listing that says “ cover letter optional ,” you breathe a sigh of relief, gleefully submit your resume, and move on. But you’re truly doing yourself a disservice by not including a cover letter (or by writing one that’s super generic or formulaic).
“When you’re writing a resume you’re oftentimes confined by space, by resume speak, by keywords—you’re up against a lot of technical requirements,” says Melody Godfred, a career coach and the founder of Write in Color who’s read thousands of cover letters over the course of her career. “In a cover letter you have an opportunity to craft a narrative that aligns you not only with the position you’re applying to but also the company you’re applying to.”
Whether you’re writing a cover letter for a data scientist or marketing manager position, an internship or a senior-level role, a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you’re going to want to tailor it to the role, company, and culture. A strong, customized cover letter will help you explain your value proposition and stand out from the stack of applicants. If there’s a gap in your resume , you have the opportunity to explain why it’s there. If you’re changing careers, you have the chance to describe why you’re making the switch. If your resume’s pretty dull, a cover letter helps you show some personality . And yes, cover letters still get read .
Does that sound a bit overwhelming? Don’t fret! We’ve got examples of four types of cover letters below: a traditional cover letter , an impact cover letter , a writing sample cover letter , and a career change cover letter . So let’s take a look at these examples, why they work, and how you can use them to craft your own.
A traditional cover letter is similar to what you’d come up with using a position-based cover letter template . It moves in reverse chronological order through your career history, highlighting parts of your past jobs that make you well suited for this position.
You might want to use this type of cover letter if:
- You’re applying to a more formal company (like a law firm or major healthcare company) or a more conventional role (like a lawyer or accountant).
- You want to play it safe and conservative with your application materials.
The Job Description
Let’s say you’re applying to a paralegal job opening at a law firm. The job description might include:
- Draft routine legal documents for review and use by attorneys
- Coordinate and organize materials and presentations for legal proceedings
- Research legal and related issues and report findings and conclusions to team
- Provide overall legal administrative support to the legal team
- Maintain calendars and ensure timely filings
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of relevant education and work experience
- Strong communication skills (oral and written)
- Strong organizational , multitasking, and prioritization skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and LexisNexis
- Trustworthy, positive, energetic, and optimistic attitude with a willingness to roll up your sleeves
The Cover Letter Example
Here’s an example of a traditional cover letter you could write for this role—keeping things strictly professional but without sounding too boring or jargon-y:
Dear Ms. Jessica Sanchez,
In my five-year career as a paralegal, I have honed my legal research and writing skills, and the attorneys I’ve worked with have complimented me on my command of case law and litigation support. Spiegel Law Firm’s 20 years in practice proves that the firm has strong values and excellent attorneys, and I’d be eager to join such a talented team.
I currently serve as a paralegal for Chandler, Chandler, and Greene, where I work closely with the partners on a number of high-priority cases. During my time here, I implemented a new calendar system that ensures timely filing of court papers. This system has prevented missed deadlines and allowed for better organization of internal and client meetings.
Previously, as a paralegal for the Neuerburg Law Firm, I received praise for my overall support of the legal team and my positive attitude. While working there, I came up with and implemented a plan for digitizing their old files while still ensuring security and privacy. This led to more efficiency when preparing for client meetings and legal proceedings.
My further qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a paralegal certificate, and training in LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Microsoft Office Suite.
I would love the opportunity to discuss how I can contribute to your legal team. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Chase Broadstein [email protected] (222) 222-2222
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Why This Works
This cover letter is short, sweet, and to the point. It shows the candidate has a knack for getting things done in a thorough and timely matter and a track record for helping out wherever needed. The opening lines also express a genuine interest in this specific firm. Plus, there are some important keywords in there like “calendar system,” “bachelor’s degree,” “paralegal certificate,” and “LexisNexis.”
The impact cover letter puts your accomplishments front and center rather than organizing your paragraphs by past roles. You might use a cover letter like this if:
- You’re applying for roles where you’re expected to deliver on certain goals or results (for example, if the jobs involve sales quotas or marketing metrics).
- You haven’t followed a straightforward career path and your past job titles don’t show the extent of your qualifications.
- You want your personality to stand out a bit more than it might in a traditional cover letter.
Let’s say you’ve come across an opening for an email marketing manager . Part of the job description states:
- Manage email marketing strategy and calendar, including copywriting, optimization, monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on campaigns
- Improve campaign success through conversion optimization, A/B testing, and other experiments
- Collaborate with the design team to ensure brand guidelines are followed in emails
- Partner and collaborate cross-functionally with sales, product, product marketing, and data teams
- 3+ years in email marketing
- Experience with Constant Contact, Google Analytics, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel, a plus
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and an eye for copyediting
- Strong interpersonal , relationship-building, and stakeholder management skills
- Excellent project management, problem-solving , and time management skills, with the ability to multitask effectively
Here’s an example of an impact cover letter where the writer’s hard skills and successes stand out:
Dear Russ Roman,
I have a problem. See, my inbox currently (and embarrassingly) hosts 1,500 unread emails—including newsletters from at least 50 different brands.
But this problem only fuels my passion for creating emails that are worth opening. Because from my perspective, as someone who can barely get through their own stack of mail, that’s a true win.
I’ve been following Vitabe for years, and can proudly say that I open every single email you send to me. I’m a sucker for a good subject line—“Take a Vitamin-ute—We’ll A-B-C You Soon” being my favorite—and the way your email content feels both fun and expert-backed really speaks to me. This is why I’m thrilled to submit my application for a role as email marketing manager at your company.
I have over four years of experience working in the email marketing space. In my current role at Westside Bank, I was able to implement new email campaigns centered around reengaging churned clients. By analyzing data around the types of clients who churn and the engagement of our current email subscribers, as well as A/B testing headlines and newsletter layouts, we were able to increase email subscribers by 15% and convert 30% of those subscribers to purchase our product, a significant increase from the previous year. I also launched a “Your Credit Matters” newsletter focused on educating our clients on how they spend and manage their credit—which became our highest performing campaign in terms of open-rates and click-through to date.
Previously, as a member of the marketing team at Dream Diary Mattresses, I collaborated with the sales and product team to understand how I could best support them in hitting their quarterly goals. One specific project involving creating personalized emails for customers drew more people to come back to our site after 30 days than direct paid ad campaigns, leading to a 112% increase in revenue from the last quarter.
I take the content I write and the calendars I manage seriously, editing and refining beyond detail-oriented and into meticulous territory, and I feel my experience and drive would greatly help Vitabe further develop their email program for success.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Lad Miller [email protected] (987) 654-3210
This sample cover letter concisely highlights the applicant’s most significant, relevant achievements. By adding context to how their projects were created, monitored, and completed, they’re able to show just how results-driven they are and how they’ve successfully leveraged some of the skills the company is looking for.
One thing worth noting: This person didn’t include keywords such as Constant Contact, Google Analytics, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, or Microsoft Excel—all of which are listed in the job description. But those skills are most likely in their resume already, and leaving them out gives them the space to discuss specific projects and tell a story not visible on other parts of their application.
For roles where written communication is key, such as PR, copywriting , or journalism jobs, your cover letter will likely be the first writing sample your future employer sees. So it’s just as important to show your skill set in action through eloquent writing.
- Writing or editing is a key component of the role you’re applying to.
- You want to show off your creativity.
Here’s part of a job description for a staff writer position:
- Pitch and write articles, reporting on timely issues and trends
- Collaborate with editorial and other teams to launch each digital issue and other special projects on schedule
- Evaluate content performance and digital trends on a daily basis to constantly adjust pitches and packaging
- Utilize CMS tools, strategically select photos and videos, and request original graphics to optimize all written content for maximum engagement
- At least 2-3 years of experience creating content at a digital-first outlet
- Strong writing and reporting skills, and the ability to write clearly and quickly
- Familiarity working in a CMS and with analytics tools such as Google Analytics
- Deadline-driven, strategic thinker with a knack for crafting click-y headlines
- Strong collaborator who thrives in fast-paced environments
Have fun with this one, but triple-check for spelling and grammar mistakes, and make sure you’re showing off your best writing:
Dear Tai Chen,
Since I could walk, I’ve been dancing. And since I could read, I’ve been glued to Arabesque Weekly . At one point, you featured one of my local heroes—a ballerina who struggled with an injury early in her career and went on to become a principal dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet—and I plastered the article above my childhood bed. It’s still there today.
That article—and so many others you’ve published—taught me that dancing was about more than just pirouettes and arabesques and that the right kind of writer can shed light on aspects of the art that make it surprising, impactful, and universal. I can be that writer.
As an editorial assistant at TheImprovGroup.com for the past two and a half years, my main responsibility was to get all of our content ready to go live on the site. This included fact-checking, proofreading, adding in HTML where necessary, and finding photos, videos, and GIFs that would complement the content and optimize audience engagement. As I tinkered with each post, I became intimately familiar with our internal CMS. Reviewing every single article we published and following reactions and engagement helped me gain a deep understanding of what makes a piece really land with our audience.
But by far my favorite aspect of this role has been writing. Each week, I pitch and write at least one article, from 250-word news items to 900-word advice pieces to even longer profiles, features, and personal essays. I love the challenge of developing pitches that align with the trends we see in the data, reflect with the company’s brand and mission, and allow me to flex my creative muscles.
Collaborating with my team to form the best content library we can has been a dream come true. I would be so excited to use my experience to help Arabesque Weekly achieve its goals. And I hope to one day write a story that another little dance lover tapes to their wall forever.
It would be an honor to be a part of your editorial team, and I look forward to the possibility of discussing the opportunity with you.
Hoping to be your next staff writer,
Marlee Wood [email protected] (555) 666-4433
This candidate is clearly passionate about this specific publication and leads with a unique personal anecdote tied to the company’s mission that demonstrates their ability to tell stories in a compelling way. There are relevant keywords and phrases, sure, but they’re not just thrown in there. Their voice comes through in every sentence, proving this person knows how to communicate effectively and creatively.
Cover letters can play a big part in helping career changers prove their qualifications—especially when it’s unclear how their skills transfer over to this new field.
You might write a career change cover letter if:
- You want to highlight the transferable skills you have that relate to the job description.
- You want to explain why you’re making the switch and what’s driving you toward this specific industry, company, or position.
Let’s say you’re someone who has experience supporting a sales team as an administrative assistant , and you’re now looking to become a sales representative. You come across a job posting that includes:
- Develop new sales techniques and strategies to build pipeline and hit team goals
- Coordinate with other teams to increase lead-generation efforts
- Assist in the processing of new business, including contacting customers to finalize sales and service transactions
- 1-3 years of successful sales experience
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
- Ability to work independently to plan, set priorities, and effectively organize work
- Proven ability to be persuasive, persistent, and confident in closing a sale
Here’s how you might translate your past experience over to this new (and exciting) prospect:
Dear Maria Russo,
The head of sales at Sunshine Inc. was in a bind. She needed six client meetings scheduled, 18 service transactions processed, and a summary of the team’s new lead generation campaign drafted before getting on a flight to Austin—in three hours. So she turned to her cool-headed, sales-savvy administrative assistant for help. That assistant was me. Not only did I execute everything on her to-do list, I did it all before her plane left the ground.
For three years, I worked in lockstep with a busy, growth-oriented sales leader to support the business development team. As the sole administrative assistant in the department, I balanced a swath of competing priorities, ranging from coordinating meetings and inputting data to contacting customers, finalizing transactions, and creating promotional materials. This role helped me develop a comprehensive understanding of the sales cycle, sales strategy, and pipeline growth.
Like many others, my career path hasn’t been entirely straightforward. After leaving Crabapple Media, I enrolled in a local coding bootcamp. Six months later, I emerged with a certificate in computer programming and a certainty that I did not want to be a coder. But education is never wasted. I’m now an aspiring sales representative with experience supporting a thriving sales team and extensive knowledge of the tech space.
Here’s a little bit more about how my experience would translate into this role:
- At Crabapple Media, I assisted in coordinating three annual sales strategy rollouts, yielding an average increase in pipeline of 26% YoY.
- At Sunshine Inc., I supported 12 independent team members in their lead-generation efforts. I also assisted in processing an average of 300 sales transactions every quarter.
- I thrive in busy, ever-changing environments that require me to communicate clearly and concisely. Supporting a high-volume team and a busy executive helped me to hone these skills—I typically sent more than 200 emails a day!
I would, of course, love to schedule a time for us to discuss this role and my experience, and I truly want to thank you for considering me.
All the best, Olu Abiola [email protected] (123) 456-789
The opener draws you in and makes you want to learn more. It toots the person’s horn, but in a way that’s substantiated. Then, the next couple sections explain their experience in the sales space and other relevant qualifications, before eventually tying that back to why they’re applying to this specific job. Similar to the impact cover letter, the author lists some of the more important qualities they bring to the table, doing a bit of keyword inclusion and resume gap explaining along the way.
To further guide you, check out some more cover letter examples:
- Pain point cover letter example
- Internship cover letter example
- Recent graduate cover letter example
- (Another) career changer cover letter example
- Stay-at-home parent returning to work cover letter example
- Sales cover letter example
- Email marketing manager cover letter example
- No job description or position cover letter example (a.k.a., a letter of intent or interest)
Let’s break down one of our example cover letters real quick
Check out this handy infographic that breaks down our impact cover letter.
Cover letters are a little like puzzles. When you put each component in its proper place (and remove any parts that don’t fit), you create a complete picture. But even though that picture is always different (as you saw above) a lot of the types of pieces are the same.
In other words, every great cover letter includes the following elements:
1. An Engaging Opener
By opener, we primarily mean your first paragraph: How you start a cover letter is everything. Your opening lines influence whether someone keeps reading—and you want them to, right?
“Starting with something that immediately connects you to the company is essential—something that tells the company that this is not a generic cover letter,” Godfred says. “You have to say something that tells the employer, ‘I wrote this just for you.’”
It can be a childhood memory tying you back to the company’s mission. It can be a story about the time you fell in love with the company’s product. It can be an anecdote from another job or experience showing how hard of a worker you are. Whatever you decide to open with, make it memorable.
2. A Clear Pitch
Use the next few paragraphs of your cover letter to “hit them with the strongest results you have that are aligned with the opportunity,” Godfred says. Ryan Kahn —Muse career coach and founder of The Hired Group —calls this your pitch. In other words, the part where you’re “selling yourself for the position and why you’re qualified for it.” Additionally, Godfred says, “If you’re someone who’s transitioning careers, and you need to explain that transition, you do it there.”
This section should have a balance of soft and hard skills , Godfred says. Talk about your experience using Salesforce or doing SEO work, but also highlight your ability to lead teams and communicate effectively. “Companies are embracing authenticity, they’re embracing humanity, they’re looking for people who are going to fit their culture. So what are your values? What do you stand for?” says Godfred. These values should be as much a part of your cover letter as the super specialized hard skills.
3. A Great Closing Line
Your closing line could include your next steps, Kahn says, such as “I welcome the opportunity to speak with you more about how I can contribute to [team],” or, “I would love to schedule a time for us to discuss this role and my experience.” But more importantly, “You want to make sure that you’re gracious and thanking them,” he says. While seemingly cliché , it never hurts to end on a simple, “Thank you for your consideration.”
Here are a few more tips to help the cover letter process:
- Start with a “brain dump”: If you’re staring at a blank page, Godfred always recommends that her clients start by getting all their ideas on the page without paying attention to length. Then “ask yourself how you can cut half of it,” Godfred says. You’ll likely find that repeated information and very generic phrases are the first to go. (If it’s still too long, here are some tips for getting your cover letter down to one page .).
- Don’t just repeat your resume: You only have so much space to get your point across, so focus on the information that isn’t stated elsewhere rather than simply regurgitating your resume.
- Focus on quality over quantity. Target the jobs you’re most closely drawn to and qualified for and give them all your energy, rather than trying to churn out hundreds of cover letters, Kahn says. You may not be able to apply to as many jobs, but you’ll have a better response rate.
- Remember the ATS: Much like your resume, applicant tracking systems, or ATSs , will be sifting through your cover letter. So you’ll want to scatter relevant keywords from the job description throughout your cover letter where it makes sense.
- Don’t stress over formatting: You may see flashy cover letter examples across the internet, but for the most part, it just isn’t necessary. ATSs can’t read text that has been formatted beyond using bold, italics, underline, and color, so keep your font and layout simple—especially if you’re submitting your cover letter through an online portal.
- Include your contact information on every page , including your name, phone number, and email. “Imagine you come across a cover letter and you print it out with a bunch of applications to review and it doesn’t have the person’s contact information on it,” Godfred says. “You never want to put yourself in a situation where you’re the right person and they can’t find you.”
- Edit ! Here’s everything you should double check before pressing submit.
Hopefully these cover letter examples help as you go to tackle your own. Remember: This is just one small step in the process! Take your time, but learn to move on when you’ve given it your all.
Regina Borsellino contributed writing, reporting, and/or advice to this article.
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
- Plug and play internship cover letter template
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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Writing a Placement & Work Experience Cover Letter
A placement cover letter accompanies a CV in an application for a placement year. It should outline who you are and explain why you are interested in the placement.
The aim of your covering letter is to persuade an employer to read your CV, (over the fifty others they received), and eventually invite you for an interview.
You want to be able to capture the employer as quickly as possible. So keep it brief, no longer than 250 words (one page in length).
What goes into a work experience cover letter
Although you should always tailor your cover letter for each job you apply for, there are a couple of things that all cover letters must include. On top of the usual letter niceties, these are…
- Your name and contact details (unless you’re copying and pasting it into an online application form)
- The role you’re applying for
- Why you’re interested in the role and company
- Your skills and previous experience
- What you’ll bring to the role and company
- Your career goals
How to write a cover letter for a placement
Here are the six steps to writing the perfect placement cover letter.
Step 1: Dear Sir/Madam?
The first three words of your placement cover letter are crucial. You’re in trouble if you do or say anything out of the ordinary.
That includes addressing your placement cover letter to the wrong person.
Recruiters and employers get itchy eyes when they read a work placement cover letter addressed to – Dear Sir/Madam, and they really lose their minds when they see – To whom it may concern.
It’s best to address your letter to the reader directly. So…
Dear Full Name , e.g. Dear David Attenborough , this is ideal as it’s gender-inclusive and doesn’t rely on the use of ‘mr’ or ‘ms’.
Dear Mr Surname , e.g. Dear Mr Attenborough
Dear Ms Surname , e.g. Dear Ms Attenborough , (never presume marital status, so write Ms instead of Miss/Mrs).
If you do not know the name of the person who will be receiving your placement cover letter, there are a few things you can do…
- The first place to look would be LinkedIn. Loads of companies will have a profile that lists their employees. Even searching for the job you’re applying for might give you more information about who the recruiter is
- Contact the company that is organising the placement, and ask for the name of the person who is tasked with reading the cover letter
- Address your cover letter to the department manager
- If you cannot locate the person who handles recruitment, address your placement cover letter to someone who works in HR
If you’re applying for a placement, do read How to Write a Placement CV . It’s another versatile number. You can use it for putting together a CV for any form of work experience.
Step 2: Swift intro
Next, you need to disclose what placement you are applying for.
A company might be hiring placement students in a number of different departments. Be specific, to make sure you are being considered for the right role.
Write something like this –
I am writing regarding the vacancy for the marketing placement with IBM, as advertised on RateMyPlacement. Please find my attached CV.
Let the recruiter know where you found the vacancy for the placement. Employers are always keen to know what channels students use to find jobs. It makes a good impression.
Step 3: Why are you interested?
Now you’ve introduced yourself, it’s time to explain why you are interested in the chosen placement or work experience scheme.
It’s important to do some research about the company you are applying to and the content of the programme. Use this research to give convincing reasons for your interest in the placement.
Step 4: What can YOU bring?
In this section, you want to explain what you will bring to the company as a placement student. There’s no need to mention everything you’ll bring.
Be specific and keep it relevant to the role. What unique skills will you bring to the organisation? Answer that question.
It’s also a chance to talk a little bit about your hobbies and interests – keeping them relevant to the role you’ve applied to.
I am halfway through a Marketing degree, and on course to achieve a 2:1. So far, I have focussed on digital marketing modules, which have imparted strong analytical and problem-solving skills. I am also now proficient in basic coding. My three years at Mecca Bingo have provided experience with customer service practices and other useful soft skills.
Step 5: Final flourish
Aptly named the final flourish, you will end your placement cover letter in this section. Thank the recruiter for considering your application, and register your interest in attending an interview.
Thank you for considering my application, I’m looking forward to the prospect of discussing the placement in greater detail in an interview.
Step 6: Farewell
If you found the name of the recruiter/employer, end your placement cover letter with Yours Sincerely. If you are one of those rogues who wrote “to whom it may concern”, put Yours Faithfully.
Placement cover letter example
Here is an example of a placement cover letter. This is the structure and general length you should be aiming for…
Dear Mr Attenborough,
I am particularly interested in this placement at IBM because of the focus on different areas of digital marketing. IBM is at the forefront of the digital marketing industry, and I am fascinated by the cloud-based software IBM provides for companies on email, web and social media.
I have been reading about IBM’s most recent project, which aimed to improve customer experience across the buyer journey. It links closely to a project I completed in the first year of my Marketing degree, which centred around optimising the user experience for online retail.
Things to remember…
Now you have the tools needed to craft a superb piece of career prose, there are a couple of things to keep in mind…
- If you’re applying online for a placement, you’ll be asked to write your cover letter in a text box. Write your cover letter in Microsoft Word or Pages, then copy+paste it into the text box . That way you can check your grammar and spelling beforehand.
- If you’re sending your cover letter via email or attaching it to an online application, save it as a .pdf rather than a word/pages file. All computers can read PDFs, so there’ll be no problem when an employer opens the file.
- Always save your cover letter as ‘[YOUR NAME] Cover Letter’ . It looks clean, and employers will be able to find you easier.
There’s no time like the present to start applying for work experience. There are hundreds of roles currently available on RateMyPlacement.co.uk .
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Cover Letter for an Internship: Examples & Tips for All Interns
Internships matter as companies want to employ those who already have work experience. Find one with a great cover letter for an internship. Here’s how.
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A good internship cover letter must convince the employer you’ve got the skills, willingness, and determination to succeed in your internship role.
All the more so as companies tend to offer jobs to those who gained internship experience with them.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to write a cover letter for internship positions that will get you more interviews than any cover letter you’ve written in the past. Plus, you’ll get to see two full-length internship cover letter examples you can copy, tweak, and adjust to your needs.
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- Marketing Intern Cover Letter Sample
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Let's start with the cover letter samples for an internship, and then we'll show you how to make yours just as amazing.
The first sample internship cover letter is aimed at a position with a corporate financial institution—notice how the formal tone of this cover letter reflects a more “traditional” company culture.
Sample Cover Letter for an Internship
4938 Spruce Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90045
10 October, 2019
Head of Human Resources
551 Massachusetts Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
Dear Mr. Watkins,
I was truly elated when my student project on cash flow improvement won the first prize in a local business club contest. Two months after that, my solution was implemented at a construction company where it cut change orders processing time by 20%.
I must admit it was no random win, though. I always had a strong desire to pursue a career as a leader in the finance function. As I believe the only way of reaching this goal is through adopting a results-oriented attitude reflected in initiative and accountability, I used my time at university to develop these. I also gained hands-on quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills by completing such courses as:
- Statistical Inference in Management
- Analytical Methods for Business
- Business Communication
I would love to demonstrate to you that my GPA of 3.98 doesn’t just show my commitment to learning but also reflects my inherent passion for finances and propensity to grow among like-minded people.
When Professor James Henry told me about an internship opportunity with TD Finance, I knew this was an unmissable occasion for further growth, surrounded by outstanding financial professionals.
Could we schedule an appointment next week to discuss how I could contribute to the Finance Leadership Development Program and help your company find optimal solutions to its current business needs?
The second cover letter example you’ll see comes from a candidate applying for a more creative, tech-y internship. That’s why it’s written in a more casual, relaxed way.
Cover Letter Sample for an Internship—Software Engineering
2448 Frederick Street
Sacramento, CA, 94567
10 November, 2019
Senior Product Manager
One Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
I was thrilled to see my iOS app for task management getting rave reviews from App Store users and commendations from more experienced developers on GitHub.
But this is only one out of three apps that I am working on after my classes at CalTech, from which I am about to graduate with a BA in Computer Science. Truth be told, I am quite positive that the other apps will also be well-received since—inspired by Apple engineers—I design them with one person in mind. The person who will use it.
This is why apart from completing a study program in algorithms and complexity, I took additional courses in UI/UX and graphic design as well as consumer psychology.
When Doctor Sarah Warren suggested I applied for the internship, she was spot on. I believe that Apple’s unique approach to building intuitive and simple software while respecting the customer’s needs creates the environment I would love to grow in and contribute to.
Can we schedule a call this week to discuss my ideas on how I can contribute to the projects I would be working on with some of the best software engineers on the planet?
PS—I would love to show you how my A/B testing initiatives helped me optimize the navigation panel.
Now, here's how this works.
To impress the employer, your cover letter for an internship must:
How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship
- Point out the particular position you’re applying for.
- Include the right keywords.
- List your relevant education and coursework.
- Add relevant skills and abilities.
- Describe why you’re the perfect match for the internship role.
- Explain what the company will gain by hiring you.
- Proofread your cover letter.
Let's dissect the examples and see how to write a cover letter for an internship like that.
Want to keep your cover letter short and to the point? Learn more here: Short Cover Letter Examples for a Speedy Job Application
Use the Best Internship Cover Letter Template
Just like a well-written thesis, your internship cover letter must contain several recognizable sections that make it easy to read and comprehend.
The checklist below will help you see to it that you’ve included everything that’s necessary:
Cover Letter Template for an Internship—Checklist
- Your Contact Details
- Company Contact Information
- Dear + [Hiring Manager’s Name]
- Paragraph #1: Introduction with an achievement to hook the reader
- Paragraph #2: Relevant skills/coursework + why you fit perfectly
- Paragraph #3: Your passion + why the company appeals to you
- Paragraph #4: Call to action
- Salutation [e.g. Best regards + your name]
- Postscript (optional)—One more achievement of yours
Of course, nothing is set in stone and you’re free to modify the structure and rearrange the sections of your internship cover letter. However, we recommend that your document includes all the information listed above.
Pro Tip: Take a good look at the internship offer before you sit down to typing anything up. See if the company is looking for specific skills , coursework , experience , or characteristics. Double-check formal requirements. Note everything down and include all the key information.
If you don’t know how to format your cover letter for an internship right, our cover letter builder will do it for you. Alternatively, you can check out our guide on Cover Letter Format
Start Your Internship Cover Letter Right
The very first sentence of your cover letter for an internship should make a lasting impression on the hiring manager.
If it doesn’t, they’ll move on to the next candidate—
Maybe they have something more interesting to say.
To prevent this from happening, you need to roll out the big guns right away.
The good example below is Apple-worthy. And I don’t mean the fruit.
Internship Cover Letter Examples [First Paragraph]
What is it exactly that makes this internship cover letter introduction stand out?
The first sentence is the earthquake—it tells the recruiter what the candidate’s biggest achievement is. The section that follows is supposed to reinforce and sustain the wow effect by:
- Adding more relevant achievements.
- Introducing the candidate through her actions.
- Showing she’s a match by specifying her field of study.
- Explaining how she’s aligned with the company’s own values.
In short, it’s a killer internship cover letter opening. In contrast to the one below:
Yeah, right. Next.
What's wrong with internship cover letters like that?
Well, nothing. Provided it's the only one the manager reads and their expectations as to the candidates are rather low.
Everybody applying for this internship will promise to work hard. Everybody is about to earn a degree. Everybody completed coursework.
If companies were looking for just anybody , no one would even bother posting any job ad in the first place. They’d just offer the internship to a random passer-by.
Plus, the 2019 NACE Job Outlook survey shows that for prospective employers it’s the internship with their organization that’s the most important hiring factor. So open your cover letter like you’re applying for your future job!
Pro Tip: In this day and age it’s likely you’ll be typing up an email cover letter for an internship. If that’s the case you can skip the street address and start off with the greeting. Just remember to put your phone number (and email address if you like) under your name at the bottom of the message.
Don’t have a great idea for starting your internship cover letter? This guide will help you out: How to Start a Cover Letter
Write a Rockstar Internship Cover Letter Middle Sections
Here’s the deal—
Your internship cover letter needs to show you’re cut out for the role.
Internships are addressed to a specific set of candidates. The ones who fit the specified criteria will be considered—the others will be ignored. All the more so as the number of applicants pursuing summer jobs is soaring , especially with financial institutions.
The second paragraph of your cover letter for an internship is the right place to show you have it all.
Look at the example below:
Internship Cover Letter Examples [Middle Paragraphs]
Why is it so effective?
It’s tailored to a specific internship opening. The employer is looking for candidates willing to take on leadership positions, displaying a results-oriented attitude, with good analytical and problem-solving skills. In addition, one of the requirements for this internship role is a GPA of 3.5 or higher .And this is exactly what the middle section of the cover letter highlights. Plus, it contains the right keywords .
Now take a look at the example below. It’s cute but completely misses the point and doesn’t address the employer’s specific requirements for the position.
Relevance is key to landing the internship role. If you know who the employer seeks, show them you’ve got exactly what they’re looking for.
Pro Tip: If you have no internship offer to fall back on, one way of addressing the employer’s specific needs is by arranging an informational interview with the company’s current or former employees.
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End Your Cover Letter for an Internship With a CTA
Your cover letter for an internship doesn't only have to introduce you to the recruiter.
It should also help you land you the interview.
Don't forget to ask.
There's nothing wrong about asking… if you know how to do it in a professional way.
Call me at your earliest convenience won't work.
Here's what you can do instead:
Cover Letter for Internship Examples [Ending]
Why does this ending rock?
First off, it mentions the name of the person that referred you. This simple addition will help you establish rapport with the reader. How so? By including the name of someone the recruiter knows, you're no longer just a name on a sheet of paper. You’re a real person with a mutual friend.
The last paragraph of your internship cover letter is also the right place for a call to action. To add a sense of urgency, suggest a particular time to meet— this week, for example.
When you're asking for something, make sure you show that you have something to give back.
Have a look at what your ending should not look like:
Honestly, I don’t even think with an ending like this you have to actually thank anybody for their time. They’ll never give it to you in the first place.
After all, a generic internship cover letter will cause a generic reaction (read: rejection).
Internship opportunities are for those who can shake the hiring manager from their stupor.
Pro Tip: Adding the postscript at the very end of your internship cover letter will additionally draw the reader’s attention. However, it’s an optional section so use it only when you really have an ace up your sleeve.
Can’t come up with an ending worthy of the recruiter’s attention? Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to sign off in an unforgettable manner in our guide on How to End a Cover Letter
Here’s how to write a cover letter for an internship:
- Grab the hiring manager’s attention from the very first sentence.
- Show off your relevant skills and add info on coursework.
- Let the recruiter see you’re cut out for the role.
- Explain why you believe the company’s values are in line with yours.
- Include a call to action, i.e. ask the hiring manager for a call or meeting.
- See to it that both your cover letter and resume are relevant and targeted.
This is it! That’s how you write a great cover letter for an internship. If you have any other questions or would like to share your advice, give us a shout out in the comments below. We’re always happy to hear from you.
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What to include in a cover letter · your name, email address and phone number at the top of the page on the right · the name of the business and
Opening: start with “Dear” and the hiring manager's name; First paragraph: write a short introduction that states the job you're applying for
1. Focus on your motivation and passion · Describe your relevant interests. For example, if you're applying for a beauty internship, talk about
It moves in reverse chronological order through your career history, highlighting parts of your past jobs that make you well suited for this position. You might
How to Write a Cover Letter for Internship · #1. Respect the Format · #2. State the Position You're Applying For in the Opening · #3. Mention the
Your name and contact details (unless you're copying and pasting it into an online application form) · The role you're applying for · Why you're
Point out the particular position you're applying for. Include the right keywords. List your relevant education and coursework. Add relevant skills and