What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Ms. Johnson,

As a long-time fan of your company, Scientific Modern Ltd., I was excited to see an open Junior Intern position at the New York City, NY office on your website. It would be an amazing opportunity to work with this company, and I feel that my academic and professional experience would make me an ideal candidate for the role.

My academic experience as a MA graduate at Manhattan University and my published work in Biochemistry Archives Magazine have given me the opportunity to work with a diverse team of scientists, journalists and business people. I know your company is looking to gain more attention across many professional disciplines, so my collaborative experience would be an asset.

I also have a strong work ethic and am dedicated to fulfilling my responsibilities, which would be well suited in an internship at Scientific Modern Ltd. In my barista work, I was recently acknowledged for my outstanding attendance and timeliness record. I feel that these skills would be strong assets as your intern this summer.

In closing, I am excited about this internship opportunity and feel that I can support the future direction of your company. Thank you for your time. I appreciate your consideration.


How to write an internship cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
  • End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length