An internship cover letter doesn’t function like a typical cover letter. In fact, it has to work a lot harder. Chances are that if you’re applying for an internship, you may be lacking in “real” work experience. But that’s why you need an internship, right?
The internship cover letter should focus more on what you want to do, rather than what you’ve done. However, don’t be afraid to add previous work or extracurriculars that you think may not be relevant. For students just starting their careers, any experience is good experience.
Internship Cover Letter Tips
First, start by introducing yourself, and state the position for which you are applying.
Next, give background information on what you’re currently studying as well as your intentions toward a career in that particular field.
It also doesn’t hurt to mention something you’ve learned about the company during your research, such as future projects they plan to work on that you’d love to be involved in or recent changes that reflect the kind of company dynamic for which you hope to work.
Use a small paragraph to talk about what you hope to do with your major and career upon graduation, and discuss how an internship with that particular company can help you reach your goals. In the final paragraphs, you can showcase your previous work experience as well as your extracurricular activities and volunteer work.
Finally, close your internship cover letter by providing your contact information in addition to your desire to work and learn from the company through an internship opportunity.
Cover Letter Sample
Check out the below example for a little more guidance on your internship 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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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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