Last updated on February 14th, 2019 at 09:41 am
If you are applying for an internship, you will probably write a cover letter to support your internship application. Your internship cover letter should be tailored to the specific internship and should include examples from your work, academic and extracurricular activities.
But before that, we need to understand a few things about internship program itself.
What is An Internship
An internship is an opportunity provided by organizations for a short period of time for students who intend to specialize in the profession to gather practical experience. An internship could be paid, but most are none paying internship. Some organizations in medical line often pay a token to students on an internship program.
But the emphasis should be more on gaining a practical experience in a professional environment rather than making money.
The aim of an internship is to equip students with a firsthand practical experience outside the classroom. Most tertiary institutions engage more in theories with the practical left in oblivion. To bridge this gap, few weeks of internship program comes to play.
How to Write an Internship Cover Letter
Below are tips on how to write a cover letter for an internship program.
Use Formal Letter Format: As an intern applicant, you need to understand that you are writing a formal letter it requires your address and the recipient address. Write your contact information at the top, the date and the contact information for the employer. Ensure to use proper salutation and sign at the bottom of the letter. If you are sending via email, you will not be required to include the contact information at the top of the handwritten signature at the bottom.
Paragraph One: Your first paragraph explains why you want to be an intern in the organization. Make sure to express your interest in the company and how it relates to your passion.
Paragraph Two: Tailor your strength to the internship description. Share strengths that would make the company see you as a resourceful person willing to learn in a professional environment. For example, if a company is looking for someone who’s “outgoing, organized, hardworking, and willing to take criticism,” it would be best you choose any quality that best describes your person in the body of your cover letter.
Mentioning the traits in your internship cover letter shows you have read the position description and makes your cover letter attractive.
When writing an internship cover letter with no experience, your ability to convince your prospective employer is what will make you stand out from other candidates. Your internship application might not really highlight your experiences since it is expected that you have no experience as a student.
Conclusion: In conclusion, give a few compelling examples that show the most important characteristics. Think about highlighting skills acquired from extracurricular activities which could help fit into the position description.
Internship Cover Letter Sample
22, Dominic Utuks Avenue
Akwa Ibom State.
14th September, 2018.
The HR Manager
Plot 3c Block A,
Aswani Market Road Oshodi/Isolo Expressway,
SIX MONTHS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
It is my strong desire to undergo my six months internship program with your amiable organization. I have watched keenly your organization’s efforts and successes in drug production and research for a long time now. When I heard your production of Lokmal (an Antimalarial Drug), I was excited that efforts are being geared towards bringing a lasting solution to diseases in this industry. Your research into the production of vaccine for malaria is one major research I have loved and will want to be under the tutelage of professionals in that research as I contribute my own personal discoveries so far with the team.
I am a student of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. My passion for research in chemical and drug administration as a solution to health challenges for man drew me to choose this course. My resilient ingenuity made me the representative of the student wing of the department at the 2016 and 2017 annual conventions of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). I am inquisitive, a goal getter and always ready to learn.
I am confident I will be contacted to undergo my six-month internship with your amiable organization and I will add value to the organization. Thank you for taking time to go through my letter.