Recommendation Letter Examples for an Internship

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These days, almost all students need to complete internships before moving onwards and upwards in their career path. Perhaps a young person you know has asked you to write an internship recommendation letter for them. Or you may be a student who would like to know what a recommendation letter for an internship should include.

Why Do Students Need Internships?

No matter what a student's chosen field may be, having a letter of recommendation from a qualified adult can go a long way towards securing a solid internship. Some universities require that students complete a set number of internships in order to graduate. For students attending universities that don’t require an internship, it may still be the best option to get more experience before moving into a well-paid job. Some young adults want to complete an internship as a foray into a particular profession for which they have no training.

It doesn’t matter what field it is—whether someone wants a career working with horses or a career in public relations—having a solid recommendation letter can be key to getting the position. It’s an honor to have a student ask you to write a letter of recommendation for an internship and it’s worth taking the time to write a top-notch letter.

What to Include in the Letter

A recommendation letter needs to be positive, so if you don’t feel like you can endorse the student, you may prefer to politely decline the request. Do this right away so he or she will have time to find another recommender.

Once you agree to write the letter, you’ll want your recommendation to shine a bright light on the student’s aptitude and abilities as well as explain why you believe he or she would be a perfect fit for the internship. If you’re not sure exactly what the internship is about, it’s a good idea to ask the student for more information about the type of internship they are seeking. A copy of the student’s resume, if they have one, will also provide insight into the person’s qualifications and attributes.

In addition, having an example internship recommendation letter to follow may help give you some ideas for your own letter. Be sure to tailor your letter so it’s a strong match for the internship requirements.

Recommendation Example for an Equestrian Internship

Subject: Recommendation for Ellen Smyles

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my understanding that Ellen Smyles is applying for an internship with your organization, working with children in your therapeutic riding program. I have known Ellen for over ten years and have had the opportunity to work with her in many capacities. Ellen was a riding student of mine in elementary through high school, during which time she grew from a beginner herself to help teach the basics of horse care and equitation to newer students.

As well as a teaching facility, we also breed a few horses and ponies each year, and Ellen has always been very involved in working with the youngsters. She has helped to provide ground training and grooming to our weanlings, as well as help with saddle training and schooling green horses.

In addition to helping with the horses, Ellen has also been a fantastic babysitter for my three rambunctious children.

I have absolute confidence in her maturity, and ability to make the right decisions to keep children and animals safe and happy. Ellen is a bright, honest, sensible young woman, and I'm sure she would be an asset to your summer program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.


Susan Driver

Recommendation Example for a PR Internship

Subject: Recommendation for Ellen Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

I understand that Ellen Smith is applying for an internship with XYZ Public Relations, working in the media relations department. I was Ellen's student advisor during her junior year at NYU and worked closely with her throughout the school year. 

As you may know, NYU is known for its media department and has a track record for educating students in the many facets of public and media relations. Many of our students go on to successful careers in journalism, work for major corporations, or secure jobs with the top PR firms in the country. 

Ellen not only completed her media relations coursework with the highest grade point average but the feedback from her professors was consistently positive. Ellen's professors noted that she was smart, eager to learn, responsible, and had an innate knack for the workings of both traditional and digital media in today's shifting media landscape. I am confident that Ellen would be an asset to your organization and excel in your fall internship program. 

Please call my land phone, cell phone, or email me if you have any questions.

My contact information is below.


Mary Cole