If you’re in search of a great internship, your resume should be just one of your priorities. After all, it’s not as if you have tons of education and experience. If you did, you wouldn’t be on the lookout for an opportunity to work for the low wages of an intern, or in some cases for free.
By all means, create a great resume or CV, but don’t forget to focus on your cover letter!
This is where you can dig a bit deeper. You can use your cover letter to express your passion for your field, your excitement about working for the company to which you are applying, and make the case that you are a great fit for this opportunity.
A Few Important Tips For Your Internship Cover Letter
Before we jump into our great example, we have some great tips for you to follow. Keep these in mind when you write your cover letter.
You’ll be much more likely to land the interview that can lead you to your ideal internship in a cool startup or a “big name” company. This, in turn, can open many doors for you as you enter your career. Remember that your cover letter is your chance to stand out and make an impression! Make sure you get it right!
- Personalize your cover letter to show that you have taken the time to research the opportunity
- Use keywords in your cover letter as well as your resume or CV. This will show that you have relevant qualifications.
- Write it like a business letter. Remember the difference between business and personal letters? Use the appropriate salutations and contact information.
- Edit carefully. Don’t let an embarrassing error prevent you from moving forward.
- Use extracurriculars and volunteer work to bolster your experience.
- Be specific. Share what you have done to gain education and apply your skills.
- Don’t forget academics! This will be your major selling point as a student.
- Don’t forget to follow up. Send an email a few days after your submission is due. Thank them in advance for reviewing your application, and express your interest again. If you have used a connection from your network to find out about and pursue the internship, reach out to them as well. Thank them, and let them know you have submitted your resume and cover letter.
Cover Letter Sample For Internship (.docx version)
The Internship Cover Letter Example (text version)
Contact Job Title
123 Business Address, City, State, Zip
Dear Ms./Mr. Contact Person,
I am submitting my resume and this letter to express my interest in the internship opportunity you have available in your Information Security department. I learned of this internship from Joe Meyer, who is my advisor at State University, and who recently retired as head of IS from your organization. I am grateful that he told me about this opening, and am very excited about pursuing this opportunity. I believe I would be challenged in this role, but also able to make a contribution.
I am currently a senior at State University majoring in Computer Science with an emphasis in Security. I previously graduated from Community College with an Associate’s degree in Information Technology where my area of concentration was Cybersecurity. Currently, I am on the Dean’s list, act as treasurer of the Cybersecurity club, and am an active member of the Forensics team.
I am passionate about computer security. I have intentionally chosen courses that have allowed me to develop and apply my skills in this area. These include:
- Network Security
- Network Firewalls
- Computer Forensics
- Penetration Testing
- Ethical Hacking
- Risk Assessment And Documentation
I am currently working on a research project with Joe Meyer where we are exploring the adaptations that will need to be made in the Information Security Field as technologies such as IoT, VR, and wearables continue to emerge.
In addition to my academic work, I have a year of experience working as a help desk technician at Major Big Box Electronics Store. I was recently promoted to a position that allows me to help individuals and small business owners whose computer systems have been hacked or exposed to malware.
I would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this internship opportunity. I think I would be a perfect fit, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you again for your consideration.
You’ll probably notice that our example cover letter includes several keywords. Many of them are in the bulleted list we included. There are some other important details as well. For example, we address the recipient as Mr. or Ms., removing Mrs. as it’s largely considered to be passé.
The cover letter emphasizes academic coursework, work experience, relevant extracurriculars, and research projects. The letter also references the person who provided the student with information about the opportunity. If applicable, this could be replaced with a job board, student advisor, or website.
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