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How to write a cover letter for your summer internship?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Mikael. P. Terry
123 Brick Road
University City, LA 10001
876-185-4898

Dear Next Step Connections,

I am writing to express my interest in the Social Media Internship position at Jones Social Media Business. My unique mix of experience in marketing and community management, my courses in marketing and public relations and my passion for social communication make me and ideal candidate for a summer internship in the marketing department of your organization.

I am currently a junior business student at the University of Manhattan. To date, I have taken six courses in marketing, communications and public relations and received an A or higher in all of them. Eager to leverage my classroom learning into real world experience, I have also worked as a marketing intern for The Cool Company, a small digital agency near campus. My responsibilities at The Cool Company included everything from supporting the strategy team to executing social media campaigns for a few of the firm’s clients.
I believe that my category expertise combined with my motivation and enthusiasm will make me an extraordinary asset to your marketing and communications department. I thank you in advance for reviewing my application and would welcome the opportunity to speak further about this position. I can be reached at (212) 555-4678 or at MikaelPTerry@UofManhattan.edu.

Sincerely,

Mikael. P. Terry

 

As simple as it might seem, writing an internship cover letter can be a very daunting task. Nonetheless, cover letters remain a significant element of your summer internship application process, so it’s very important to write a great one.

Here are our tips on how to make your summer internship cover letter stand out from the crowd:

• Skills and Experience:
 Before you even start writing a letter, make a list of the key skills and experience you want to convey. What makes you uniquely qualified for the internship? Do you have relevant work experience or have you studied the topic in your coursework?

• The ‘Fit’: Once you have your list together, you’re ready to begin drafting your letter.  Your goal in your letter is to make sure it’s clear why you’re the right fit for the position. What is it about the skills and experience that you’ve identified above that will make you a great choice for the position.

• Personalize it: Aside from placing in the hiring manager’s name and company address, each cover should reflect the specific position you are applying for. And make sure you send the right letter to the right person — the hiring manager for a fashion internships doesn’t want to receive the cover letter you meant to send out for accounting internships. 

• Check, Check and Re-check: Before you send out your cover letter, read it over carefully. Make sure all the information is accurate and spelled correctly. Nothing is worse than writing a great letter that’s filled with typos.

Even though you may feel like a cover letter is a formality during the job application process, it still is a reflection of you. Make sure it’s a great one!

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