How to Write an Internship Cover Letter (With Examples)

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Published 27 May 2021

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When you apply for an internship, companies might ask you to submit a cover letter along with your references, resume and work portfolio. A cover letter is one of the best ways to convince the hiring manager that you are a good fit for the job. In this article, we discuss how to write a cover letter for an internship and explore a few examples to help you create your own.

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How to write an internship cover letter

A well-written cover letter highlights relevant experiences and skills that make you a good fit for the job you are applying for. It also captures the attention of employers, convincing them to further review your resume. Here are a few steps you can take to write a strong cover letter:

1. State the job position advertised

Begin your cover with the role you are applying for. This shows that you have thoughtfully considered what makes you the best candidate for this specific role. It also implies that you have written a cover letter tailored to the job opening instead of using a general cover letter for all applications. It reminds the hiring manager about the role and provides context to the rest of your letter.

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2. Include the right keywords

Companies typically scan cover letters and resumes for keywords related to the job opening. To determine which keywords to include, carefully review the company's job advertisement and website. For instance, if the job advertisement lists "time management" as a desired skill, consider mentioning relevant examples in your cover letter.

3. Highlight relevant coursework

If you have no or little work experience, you can showcase your relevant coursework. Include your completed courses relevant to the industry or job advertisement. For instance, if you are applying for a design internship, you can provide details about the design courses you completed or recognitions you achieved in the field.

4. Mention your relevant skills

The body of your cover letter is where you can showcase your relevant education, expertise and knowledge that will benefit the company. Even if you have little or no professional industry experience, you can include skills you have gained in previous roles, projects or classes you have completed. This could include volunteer positions, extracurricular activities and even part-time college jobs.

For instance, if you are applying for a reporting intern position at a local newspaper, you can discuss your job as an editor for the student newspaper or how your previous role as a receptionist taught you the importance of time management.

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5. Emphasise why you are a good fit for the position

Include a couple of sentences about your qualifications for the internship position. Review the job advertisement carefully to understand which experiences and skills the company is looking for. Align those with your own and determine which to highlight in your cover letter with key statistics and examples of your accomplishments.

6. Discuss your goals for the internship

In many cases, employers conduct an internship programme to help students or fresh graduates better understand the field, develop skills, gain experience and build relationships that will serve them throughout their career. Aside from explaining what you can bring to the company, emphasise what you want to achieve and learn through the internship.

7. Review your cover letter

Carefully review or proofread your cover letter before you send it to a recruiter. When proofreading, check your cover letter for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. You can ask a friend or family member to review your final draft. Get their opinion on how to improve and communicate your point with greater clarity.

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Internship cover letter examples

Here are a few examples of internship cover letters to help you create your own:

Design intern cover letter

Dear Mr Cheung,

I'm submitting my resume for consideration for the 'Summer Design Internship Programme' at Lao Tieng Company. Given the experience and skills stated in my resume, I believe I'll be a valuable asset to your company.

In my four years at Hong Kong University, I completed a great deal of coursework on new design trends and best practices, including mobile application design and user experience design, where I gained and applied skills such as application wireframing, user journey mapping and developing software for a range of operating systems and mobile devices.

Moreover, I spent the last semester working as a volunteer at a local non-profit organisation that collects donated furniture and clothes and redistributes them to people in need. I helped the web development team and relaunched an app that helps people in the community locate adjacent drop-off points and schedule pickups.

Finally, my three years working as a part-time barista at the Student Centre has taught me the importance of creating a memorable and convenient customer experience that aligns with the brand. It also helped me strengthen my skills in project management, verbal communication and team collaboration.

I believe I would make a great addition to your team. This internship would help me expand my practical experience in the field of technology and help me improve my application design skills.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Very truly yours,

Kevin Kwan

Research assistant summer internship cover letter

Dear Mr Ying,

I'm writing to apply for the 'Biology Research Summer Internship' opportunity that was posted in the Career Centre at Hong Kong University. I believe my field and research experience makes me an ideal candidate.

I have extensive research experience in biology and chemistry, both in the field and in the laboratory. Most of my experience is in ecology and environmental field studies. I'm currently carrying out research in our university lab to analyse the quality of water of a bay nearby. I know water quality analysis is a crucial part of this internship, and I believe my experience makes me a good fit for this position.

Last month, I worked as a Conservation Assistant at Hong Kong Park. Along with trail building and maintenance, I also helped the lead researcher in the research organisation at the park. I performed a soil analysis, inputted data from a variety of research projects and received special recognition from the director of the research organisation for my work ethic.

I believe I would be a valuable asset to your team. This internship is a great opportunity to assist your organisation and to improve my research skills.

I'll reach out to you next week to see if you believe my qualifications seem to be a match for this internship opportunity. If so, I hope to schedule an interview at a time convenient for you. I am looking forward to meeting you soon.

Your consideration is very much appreciated.

Respectfully yours,

Chino Feng

Fashion design internship cover letter

Dear Mr Lao,

I was thrilled to learn that Xiamen Fashion Design Co. was offering an internship because I know this is a great opportunity to complement my studies with experience in a big fashion company. As a fashion design student at Hong Kong University, I'm passionate about making unique silhouettes for mainstream fashion collections. My designs, creative portfolio and leadership experience make me a well-qualified candidate for this position.

I'm the president of an on-campus organisation for fashion design students, leading a team of 10 to carry out an annual fashion show with more than 30 models and 200 guests. I have a 4.9 (A+) GPA after completing my courses in Advanced Apparel Development, Fashion Management and Introduction to 3D Design.

I'm excited to become an experienced fashion designer, and your internship will help me turn this dream into a reality. I believe your company provides a great opportunity to engage in continuous learning.

You'll find more details about my studies and experience in my resume. As I prepare for a career in the fashion world, I'm excited to learn more about the industry by working with an experienced production and design team.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my letter. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

Pei Pakwa

Accounting intern cover letter

Dear Hiring Manager,

I'm writing to apply for the 'Accounting Intern' position at HK Fashion Company Limited for my capstone internship. As a student specialising in accounting, I have been looking forward to applying for an internship to gain real-world experience.

During my past four years at Kowloon University, I studied a wide variety of subjects in-depth, including marketing, finance, economics, computer information systems, cost accounting, auditing and accounting information systems. I believe that I have strong accounting knowledge and mathematical abilities and can succeed in this role.

As an accounting intern for HK Fashion Company Limited, I have strong math skills to bring to the company. When I was in elementary, I took part in a math camp each summer and received a lot of awards. I even attended a special class once a week with my math-oriented peers. When I was in high school, I took AP Mathematics, became our Math Club President and was also taking basic accounting courses at the local university. During my senior year, my math club competed in the yearly Hong Kong Mathematics Olympiad. As a team leader, I led my team to victory.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my letter. I look forward to hearing more about HK Fashion Company Limited. I'm eager to learn from experienced accounting professionals and to discover what it's like to be an accountant.

Truly yours,

Vanessa Wu

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