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LETTERS AND THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH

As you go through the internship application process you will write many letters.  For each internship opportunity that you apply for you will be required to submit a personalized cover letter with a resume.  After each interview it will also be essential that you send a thank-you letter to the person(s) who interviewed you.  The following will guide you through writing professional letters:

THE COVER LETTER

A cover letter is a personal introductory letter to the employer explaining why it is that you are writing to him/her.  A cover letter should be used whenever you send an employer your resume.  The letter is meant to introduce you to the employer, explain why you are sending the resume or completed application, and to communicate interest in the position and the organization. 

A cover letter offers you the opportunity to build on your resume by expanding on past experiences that may be related to the internship.   If written well, a cover letter can be a unique reflection of your personality.  The cover letter should be in a standard business letter format and should be neatly typed on good paper that matches the style and format of your resume.  As with the resume, the cover letter should be carefully proofread and edited.  The letter should include the following information:

  • Your address
  • The employer’s name, title, and address
  • The date
  • A paragraph stating your purpose in writing the letter and your interest in the internship
  • A paragraph highlighting your related experience and qualifications for the internship
  • A follow-up paragraph on your plan of action and how and when you can be reached for an interview

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Please note that not all letters that you send out will receive a response.  Always follow up your correspondence with a phone call.  It is advised that you call to confirm the receipt of your resume and arrange an interview.  Always be polite and professional.

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