Mary Dowd reports:
"Internship openings, including application directions, are typically posted online to attract qualified students from around the count[r]y. Generally, you will be asked to mail or upload a letter of intent that explains your interest in the internship position. In addition to a letter of intent, you will likely need to provide a resume and letters of recommendation...Follow the standard business format to write your letter of intent. A professional image is important. The top of the page should include your name and contact information. You may center the text to make it stand out or type it flush left. Consider adding your email. Skip two lines and note the date of your letter...A letter of intent focuses on what you intend to learn and how it will help you achieve your long-term career goals. Start by expressing enthusiasm for the internship position. Mention your relevant academic achievements, pertinent coursework and reasons why you are eager to apply...Write two or three paragraphs diving into the details of what makes you uniquely qualified for the internship. Describe any related jobs, leadership roles, volunteer work, skills and research projects. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of directly related experience – that is what internships are for. The letter of intent is your chance to shine a light on your drive, passion, enthusiasm and limitless potential just waiting to be tapped. Briefly discuss how the internship will help you succeed in your field of study...Recap your reason for seeking the internship. Express appreciation for the opportunity to have your materials reviewed. Mention the best times of reaching you, preferably during normal business hours...Ask a friend with an eye for detail to proofread your letter. Fix any errors, sign the letter and submit."
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