Are you on the hunt for a summer internship or job? You will most likely need to include a cover letter when you apply, in addition to a resume and references. Here's everything you need to know to prepare that piece of correspondence, from what to include to how to send it, along with an example of a summer internship cover letter that you can use for inspiration while writing your own.
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
In your cover letter, you should include your previous employment experience and two or three examples of the relevant skills you gained. If you only have limited related employment experience, you can include examples from your coursework, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and internships.
Your goal is to provide the hiring manager with an understanding of how your personality, background, and skills will translate into making you a strong employee or intern. So, include information that demonstrates how your abilities align with the role itself. Your resume lists your skills, and your cover letter highlights how you have put those skills to use.
How to Send Your Letter
Depending on the application process, you will either send your letter in written form or by email.
If you are emailing your cover letter, you will need to be clear in the subject line about the contents of the message. For example, the subject, “Sarah Campbell’s Cover Letter: Summer Journalism Internship,” is unambiguous and straightforward and will allow the hiring manager to file it appropriately. For emailed cover letters, there's no need to include contact info in the heading. Instead, begin the message with the salutation. You can add your phone number and email address below your closing.
The following is a sample written cover letter for a summer job or internship. Remember to omit the contact information from the header for emails. You can tailor it to fit your experiences and the position for which you are applying.
Sample Cover Letter for a Summer Internship (Text Version)
Your Contact Information (skip this section if you're sending an email)
City, State Zip Code
Cell Phone Number
Employer Contact Information (skip this section as well if you're sending an email)
City, State, Zip Code
Date (Again, no need to include this section in an email)
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
Please accept my enthusiastic application for the public relations internship you posted through ABC College's Career Services Office. I would love the opportunity to work as a summer assistant for your company. After reading the description of the position and the required skills, I believe I am a well-qualified candidate for the job.
You specify that you are looking for someone with strong writing skills for publishing press releases and other information material. As an English major, a writing tutor, and an editor of my school paper and multiple literary magazines, I have become a skilled writer with a broad variety of experience.
I also fulfill your requirement that applicants be both academically successful and resourceful. As a double major in the Honors Forum with a 3.99 GPA, I have displayed my strong work ethic and my ability to rise to intellectual challenges. I have also demonstrated my resourceful nature while working for Sarasota Reads, a program that involves discussing literature with young adults. As a group leader, I have devised numerous creative ways to engage children in the novels we read.
For example, I organized a festival for the students to provide information on the social context of one of the books. I believe my academic record and independent, resourceful nature make me extremely qualified for an internship with your company.
Working as an office assistant for the Career Services Office at ABC College, I have acquired skills that will be valuable as a PR assistant. My position has helped me gain experience in making phone calls, performing standard office duties, and executing computer efficiency. I have carried out these responsibilities with organization, speed, and accuracy for the past three years.
I am confident that my office experience, writing skills, academic record, and resourcefulness are just the qualities you are looking for at Sunrise, Inc.
I have enclosed my resume, along with a recommendation from Jim Greenspan, my supervisor at Career Services.
I would love the chance to speak further with you about my opportunities with your company.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Signature (no need to include in an email)
First Name Last Name
Email Signature (skip this section in a hard copy letter)
More Sample Cover Letters
Keep browsing and looking for inspiration with these cover letter samples for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including an internship cover letter sample, entry-level, targeted, and email cover letters.