Effective tips for writing a cover letter for an internship

Jan 29, 2021

It’s the start of the year and I’m sure many of you are already looking at potential internships. I, therefore, thought it would be useful to share some tips I learnt whilst writing cover letters for internships last year. 

Once you have made the choice of your prospective company and internship program you want to work for you will often be asked to send your CV and a cover letter to your employer. It is important to tailor your CV and Cover Letter to each role you are applying to, I recommend looking at the job requirements and making sure some of their key skills and qualities are mentioned within your application. In some cases, you may also be required to pass a special survey or test at some point. 

Do you need a cover letter for an internship? Sometimes it is obligatory. At that rate, you can turn to an acceptable intern cover letter template and use it as a reference. You can check out tips on how to write a cover letter here

A cover letter is a great way to show employers what you have learnt from academic experience, work experience, jobs and additional self-education, it is important to also relate your cover letter to the vacancy you are applying to and is a great way to tell employers more about yourself. So, let’s figure out what are the basic simple rules of successfully writing a cover letter for an internship!

  • In order to make your intern self-presentation stand out from the crowd, follow a certain document structure. Point out your contact info in the header and don’t forget about the official salutation.
  • The opening part of your intern cover letter should be confident and has to intrigue the reader. Use power verbs and try to describe yourself without hyper self-praise.
  • Your intern application should always be tailored to the specific case. Customize your cover letter according to the program and make sure that it is unique.
  • Search for the internship program description and compare the list of candidate requirements with your skillset. Prove your particular abilities with certain real examples.
  • Feel free to use keywords from the internship program description. Highlight your main personal and professional strong features in accordance with the listing.
  • Proofread your cover letter before sending and check the text for the smallest mistakes, typos, and even minimal grammatical errors attentively. Keep it clear, short and readable!
  • Win several additional points by adding some bright details about your relevant volunteer experience, from extracurricular activities to social work that you had performed as a student.
  • Your cover letter for an internship position should contain a powerful closing sentence. Formulate the conclusion of the document as a confident call to action for the hiring manager.

One of your essential missions in the role of the intern will be not just to fulfil the assigned tasks but to learn something new and gain experience. Implementing tips and recommendations from this article will make you “faster, better, stronger” than other candidates and will open the way to your great internship.

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