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.

Your cover letter should be tailored to the specific internship, and should include examples from your work, academic, and/or extracurricular experience.

Read below for more 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.

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.

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 at the college paper 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. Be sure to revise the sample to fit your specific experiences and the internship you are applying for.

FirstName LastName
Name University
Street
City, State Zip
cell: 555-555-5555
email: name@email.com

Date

Name
Job Title
Company
Street
City, State Zip

Dear Ms. LastName,

I am interested in applying 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 laboratory experience in chemistry, biology, and geology, both indoors 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 Clumber National 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.

Sincerely,

Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

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. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter

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