Internship Cover Letter Sample and Writing Tips

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If you are applying for an internship, you will likely have to submit a cover letter as part of your application.

How to Write an Internship Cover Letter

In the letter, you can mention both academic experience and your past work experience, if applicable.

You can also include details about your relevant experience from extracurricular activities or volunteer work. For example, a reporter at the college paper can point to interviewing and writing skills; a history of volunteering a shelter can provide an example of strong interpersonal and organizational skills.


The main emphasis of your cover letter should be convincing the reader that you will be an asset as an intern. Use the sample cover letter below as a guideline to get you started.

Internship Cover Letter Sample Example

FirstName LastName
Name University
City, State Zip
cell: 555-555-5555


Job Title
City, State Zip

Dear Ms. LastName,

I am interested in applying for the scientific research summer internship position that was listed through the Name University Career Services Office.

I have had a great deal of laboratory experience in chemistry, biology, and geology, both indoors and in the field. In the lab, I have performed chemical reactions and I am currently using microscopes to observe many specimens. In environmental field studies, I have conducted outdoor labs to assess water chemistry.

Last summer, I worked as a conservation assistant at Clumber National Park.

I am seeking to complement this outdoor experience with a research internship in order to acquire the background necessary for a future career in scientific research.

I believe that I would be an asset to your program. This internship would provide me with the ideal opportunity to assist at 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)

FirstName LastName

Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, 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. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

More Sample Cover Letters
Review cover letter samples for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including an internship cover letter sample, entry-level, targeted, and email cover letters.

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