When applying for internships what all should your cover letter contain?

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8 months ago

A basic cover letter structure that I like:

  • Paragraph 1 - 1-2 sentence(s) on the role you are applying for and why you're interested

  • Paragraph 2 - 3-5 sentences on how your educational background, previous job/internship experience and/or eagerness to learn relates to the internship. Be sure to connect back to what they've outlined in the job description. Also, remember that you don't need to tell your whole story here -- the cover letter should just help the hiring manager understand that you're a qualified, promising candidate to interview

  • Paragraph 3 - a request to be considered for the role and schedule an interview

Keep in mind that there isn't a perfect cover letter structure. No one-size-fits-all.

Happy to take a look at your draft next if that helps. You can just paste it in a comment (Just remember to remove any personal identifiers like your name and address, and even the company name.)

8 months ago

Gonna throw in a curve ball here and also suggest (depending on the job you're applying to) you can do something that really makes you stand out. When I flipped from Medical Device Engineering to Presentation Design I made this video that really helped land me a job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jam5hHqWh_U

6 months ago

This is very interesting thank you for the share!

8 months ago

Hey Vanessa,

Here are a few basic things that I always want to see:

  • It's one page with about 1.5 spacing and easy to read font. You can't go wrong with Arial 12pt, but feel free to add something else. But, I would advise you to show your cover letter to a few people and have them see it for about 3 seconds. That's about the amount of time a recruiter will glance at your resume in a stack so if it looks bad in 3 seconds that'll hurt you.

  • Tell me about who you are, what job you're applying for, what you can bring to the role.

  • Tell me about your experience and how that might be relevant to the job you're applying for.

  • Close with your availability and make sure you include some concrete dates and times to take a phone call. Recruiters and hiring mangers are scheduling a ton of interviews so the less work you give them the better. But, be sure to include something about how you're flexible and can work around their schedule if another time works.

  • Lastly, be sure to read the entire job description of a job you're applying for and then answer any questions in that job description in your cover letter. While hiring for Huttle, we asked something specific in a job description and waited to see how many people included that information in their cover letter. Only one person included an answer to our question out of about 20 applicants. She ended up getting the job.

Feel free to reply back if you have any more questions!

6 months ago

Great info Chris, really helpful!

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