Professional Internship Cover Letter
As you read the internship letter samples here, you’ll see there’s more than one way to introduce yourself to an employer, and it will become evident how important it is to point out how your background aligns with the internship responsibilities.
No matter how you choose to do the above, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Do your best to find out the name of the person you’re writing to. If all you have is the name of the company, call their main number and ask to whom your internship letter should be addressed. Even if you don’t get an individual’s name, you’ll probably get a job title. Anything is better than “To whom it may concern.”
Mention the internship by name. Tell them how you learned of it (company website, college counselor). If you know someone at the company who said to use their name, it would be good to say, “so-and-so suggested I apply for the internship”.
Don’t repeat what’s in your resume. Since your resume already presents your skills and qualifications in the best light, you should use your cover letter to expand on these points and fill in any gaps your resume may present. Summarize your qualifications and explain why you’d be a good fit to meet the company’s needs.
Keep it to one page. Your cover letter should be made up of roughly four paragraphs, each of which has no more than three sentences.
Let your confidence show, but don’t brag. There’s a big difference between confidence and cockiness. Don’t present yourself as someone with a fresh, young perspective that can turn the place around. Even if that’s true, be mindful of your role as an intern, not a CEO. Be realistically optimistic.
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.
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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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