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.
Does your resume pass the 6-second test?
Get a free resume assessment from Monster today.
Need Money to Pay for College?
Every semester, Fastweb helps thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants, and internships, for which they actually qualify. You'll find high value scholarships like VIP Voice's $5,000 Scholarship, and easy to enter scholarships like Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship, and internships with companies like Apple, Google, Dreamworks, and even NASA!
Join today to get matched to scholarships or internships for you!
Sample Internship Cover Letter and Resume
Here's an example of a skills resume. Notice how the writer doesn't forget to highlight her foreign language knowledge.
663 Briar Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
May 9, 2004
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Teresa Donich, Vice President of Crew Resources
1212 South Acadian Throughway
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Dear Mrs. Donich,
At the suggestion of Ashley Allemand, I am writing to ask you to please consider me for an internship with Raising Cane's in the Human Resources department for the upcoming summer. I met Ashley at my current job, and she told me about the internship and how it would be a great experience for me.
Currently, I am in my third year at Louisiana State University. I'm working to receive a bachelor's degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management. While in school I worked for the Human Resources Department at Louisiana State University where I assisted the Human Resources manager. I was in charge of the employee files and helped with their benefits. I believe that the experience I acquired would help me with the internship.
I also worked with several other companies, such as Baskin Robbins, American Eagle Outfitters and DeAngelo's Pizzeria, where I developed people skills while working with other employees and customers. Because communication skills are very important in a human resources job, I believe my experience with customers will facilitate my interaction with other employees.
In addition to my work experience, I am fluent in both English and Spanish, which I believe will be an asset when interacting with employees whose first language is not English. I'm looking forward to talking to you about this in person. I'm available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for your attention.
663 Briar Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Objective A summer internship where I may further my knowledge of the human resources field
Bachelor of Science in Business Management, concentration in Human Resources Management, May 2005
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA GPA: 3.3/4.0 overall
*Human Resources Management *Business Writing
*Interpersonal Communication *Advanced Spanish Grammar
Fluent in Spanish and English
Acquired people skills through daily interaction with customers at Baskin Robbins, American Eagle Outfitters and DeAngelo's Pizzeria
Oversaw the operation of two employees as Shift Manager at Baskin Robbins
Trained 10 new employees at DeAngelo's Pizzeria
Perfected my computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel throughout my job in the Human Resources Dept. at Louisiana State University
Employment (paid 100% of living expenses through continuous employment)
Administrative Assistant-Louisiana State University in Human Resources Department, Baton Rouge, LA
November2003- January 2004
Server/Trainer-DeAngelo's Pizzeria, Baton Rouge, LA
May 2003- February 2004
Sales Associate-American Eagle Outfitters, Kenner, LA
Sales Associate/Shift Manager-Baskin Robbins, Kenner, LA
August 1999-August 2001
Dean's List--spring 2003
Board of Supervisor Scholarship--fall 2003 and spring 2004
The internship I am applying for is with Raising Cane's in Baton Rouge, LA as a Human Resources Assistant. It's a full time position during the summer. I heard about the internship through Ashley Allemand, who is a current employee at Raising Cane's. I will assist Ashley, Crew Resources administrator, with employee benefits and worker's compensation plans, posting and advertising job vacancies, and recording and maintaining employee information.