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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104 Newstart Ave
Tanksville NSW 2300
M: 0400 123 123
Dear Sir or Madam
Re: Bookshop Assistant Position
I would like to apply for the bookshop assistant position with Global Books.
I am a high school student with extensive experience in customer service. I am eager to continue delivering excellent service and developing my skills with Global Books, particularly due to my love of travel literature.
I have developed strong interpersonal skills as a result of over three years of experience in customer service roles. In my current role, I provide CopyJet customers with accurate information about the print and copy department’s products and services, demonstrating my strong verbal communication skills and professionalism. I have also demonstrated exceptional organisational skills in this position, managing all paperwork in my department and keeping orders on track for delivery. My sound time management skills are further evident in my ability to juggle full-time study and part-time work.
I am always eager to seek new responsibilities and learn new skills in the workplace. I am self-motivated and enjoy taking initiative to achieve better results for the business. I also enjoy a challenge, and am keen to use my skills and experience at Global Books.
I would love the opportunity to discuss my application with you in further detail, and look forward to hearing from you.