Sample College Job Cover Letter - Summer Assistant Job
Tips and Tricks for Showcasing Your Experience
A cover letter for a professional summer position should highlight both your academic experiences and your past work experience, if you have it. Remember to include your academic concentration, especially if it's relevant to the position you're applying for, as well as your personal experience.
Cover Letter Challenges for College Jobs
How do you build a convincing cover letter when your work experience consists of perhaps working as a camp counselor, walking dogs, or volunteering at a nursing home?
How does that translate into a hiring opportunity for real work? Here are some tips from Forbes.com on "How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience."
1. Opening paragraph: Introduce yourself, specify what job you're applying for, state how you learned about the job and whether a personal connection referred you. For example: My name is Jane and I’m a freshman at NYU, planning to major in marketing. I saw a flyer in my department about the summer job at The Star Agency and my roommate, Tina Brown, who interned with you last semester, suggested I write. I’m from LA and plan to be in the city over summer break starting June 1.
2. Second paragraph: Make a connection between you and the employer. Read the company's blog; review their social media presence. Research everything you can about them online. Then describe how your background meets the job description. Use results-oriented examples when possible.
For example: “I see you’re looking for a self-starter. I ran a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised $5000 to bring five international music students to our high school orchestra for a month.”
3. Third paragraph: State how your personal traits make you a good fit for the job. Are you a team player, a leader, a problem solver?
Use short anecdotes to illustrate your examples.
Sample Cover Letter for a College Summer Assistant Position
Boston International Center
12 Todd St.
Boston, MA 02215
Dear Ms. O’Donnell,
I am interested in applying for the Assistant Social Worker position at the Boston International Center. I am a Linguistics and Comparative Language double major and International Relations minor at Boston University, and would love for the opportunity to work at the Irish International Immigration Center.
As a student at Boston University, I understand the challenges of finding employment and housing in the city and I am very familiar with navigation and transportation around Boston. I'm eager to share what I’ve learned from my own experiences to help and mentor other young people who are looking for housing and jobs, a key part of this position as mentioned in the description. As a young person in Boston, I have both personal and professional experience with the hunt for housing and jobs, as I have experienced the challenges of finding my own housing in Boston and also interned with the Boston University Career Services Center.
In addition, I have strong communication skills that would be applicable.
This past fall, I interned full-time for a Massachusetts senator in the Democratic Headquarters. Coupled with being responsible for online research regarding electoral issues, I interacted directly with voters, politicians, and congressmen, sharpening my communication abilities on all levels.
As a young Bostonian, I look forward to helping others make the most out of their experience in this city. I am outgoing and personable as well as a responsible worker. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to speaking with you and learning more about the position.
More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including an internship cover letter sample, entry-level, targeted and email cover letters.
You might think that if you have a good resume, you don’t need a cover letter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your cover letter supplements your resume. It focuses attention on your achievements and gets a prospective employer interested in you.
Cover letters are especially important to new graduates. Through the cover letter, you can persuade an employer to look past a possibly thin work history to see the value of your education and non-professional experience.
Always supply a cover letter with your resume – even if one isn’t specifically requested. If you’re applying via email, use the body of the message to convey the same ideas you would in a cover letter.
The Cover Letter Made Simple
A good cover letter contains the following elements:
- Introductory paragraph: Keep this section short! Identify yourself and your objective (to get a job or internship, etc.). You may also include how you came to hear about this opportunity.
- Brief summary of your qualifications: Don’t reiterate your resume. Make a stronger impression by limiting your focus to one or two experiences. The more specific you can be, the better; try to include hard data as well as description (i.e. number of employees you supervised, increase in productivity, etc.).
- Conclusion: In the final paragraph, restate your interest in the company and provide information about the best time/means to contact you.
Below are two sample cover letters that use the tips mentioned:
Sample #1: Job
Sample #2: Internship
Sample #1: Job
Ms. Kelly Williams
1877 W. Montana Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Dear Ms. Williams,
I would like to apply for the position of Junior Analyst, as posted in the career bulletin at Boston University. I will graduate this spring from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in French. My goal is to pursue a career in management consulting for the telecommunications industry, with an emphasis on international development.
I spent the past year interning for Sagitay Incorporated, a Boston-based consulting firm that specializes in telecommunications. My internship has focused on mergers and acquisitions; my main project has been devising viable reorganization strategies for the telecommunications arm of U.K.-based Synergy Incorporated.
Prior to my internship with Sagitay, I worked in the international services division at A.T. Kearney, where I was involved in the expansion of telecommunications giant Proteus into the European market. That internship developed my interest in telecommunications, as well as utilized my French language skills.
I read in the January 2005 issue of Fortune magazine that Vandelay is looking to broaden their base of international and telecommunications clients. I feel that my professional experience and educational background could contribute to your firm’s goals of expansion and growth.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the position available. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see some work samples. You can reach me by phone at (444)536- 1212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sample #2: Internship
Mr. Stephan Scheck
6553 Carlisle Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dear Mr. Scheck,
I would like to apply for a summer internship position with Innovation. I learned of your company through the placement center at the University of Missouri.
I am currently majoring in architecture at the University of Missouri and will receive my degree this spring. While I have a comprehensive architectural background, my emphasis is on rehabilitation and renovation.
I previously held an internship at Smithers & Associates, a St. Louis-based architecture firm. While there, I used CAD technology to help design floor plans for a multi-level retail space. I also used the drafting techniques I learned on the Digital Terrain Modeler (DTM) to assist on the redesign of a movie theater in downtown St. Louis. This could be of interest to you, as I recently read on your website that Innovation will be renovating three entertainment venues in the coming year.
I would like the opportunity to meet with you to discuss any internship openings you might have. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see some work samples. You can reach me by phone at (444) 536-1212 or by email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your consideration.
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