How to Land a Google BOLD Internship

The secrets to landing a BOLD internship that no one tells you - from applying to how to get a return offer.

Jenna Hart

It's no secret that every Google internship program is difficult to break into.

With an estimated acceptance rate of 2-5%, the BOLD internship is no exception.

With such intimidating numbers in mind, applying may seem like more of fantasy than a reality. However, with the proper information and preparation, a Google internship is more than attainable. In this guide, we'll break down the application, interview, and program details, and tell you how to have the best shot at becoming part of Google's next intern class.

BOLD Programs  Y ou Should Know About

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The   BOLD   Internship Program

The BOLD internship is an 11 week program, designed for rising undergraduate seniors.

Google prioritizes folks from historically underrepresented groups in the tech industry, including (but not limited to) Black, Hispanic, and Native American students, veterans, and students with disabilities. During this summer internship, students can be placed in fields like...

  • Sales: Work alongside Google managers, consultants and analysts to develop sales pitches and negotiate with clients
  • Marketing and Communications: Work alongside diverse employees, from statisticians to event planners. These interns will exercise their creative thinking and help market Google products worldwide
  • People Operations: Work in Google’s human resources department alongside ex consultants and top HR professionals. These interns need superior people skills, plus an ability to anchor and support others
  • gTech: Work alongside engineers and the sales team to create innovative tools, or products that will help the company grow. An ideal fit for those with technical and product sense.
  • Finance: Work on innovative solutions in project management, accounting, and more. These interns help keep Google organized and on track to meet financial goals 
  • Legal: Gain first hand experience with the legal side of a massive corporation. Work alongside legal experts to learn about policy, law, and the ins and outs of internet regulation

The   BOLD Immersion Program

Google BOLD Immersion is a 5-7 day program that gives students a glimpse into life at Google. It takes place at multiple times and locations worldwide, with the United States program (in Mountain View) taking place in early August.

To apply, students must be in their sophomore year (the program takes place before junior year begins) and be in excellent academic standing.

Why is this program worth your time? In addition to networking with employees, learning about tech, and being ~immersed~ in Google's culture, you're put on a fast track to the BOLD internship! Most immersion program graduates are given the opportunity to interview, and many end up joining the BOLD intern class the following summer.

If none of those roles sound exciting , don't worry! If the technology industry is where your interests lie, Google has an internship program for you. Check out our videos on Google's software engineering internship and APM program for more insight.

All the Application Details

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Dates to be aware of

Getting a hold of specific dates is pretty difficult. Based on dates from past years, here are our best guesses...

  • Applications Open: September 2021 (potential dates: 13th-18th)
  • Applications Close: November 2021 (potential dates: 9th-14th)
  • Interviews conducted on a rolling basis: October 2021 - April 2022
  • Internship starts: Late May/June 2022, and goes for 11 weeks

While this is traditionally the format, rumor has it that 2020 applications opened for 4 days during mid August (2019). Keep your eye on the Google Careers page, or consult your University's career office for more information.

What to expect from the application

The initial application asks for...

  • Basic contact information
  • A copy of your transcript
  • A copy of your resume
  • An optional cover letter, that you should definitely do. Even though Google tends to skim cover letters, taking the time to write one shows your interest.

If your application moves past the first round, you will be send a supplemental form. This asks you to provide additional information about your experience, plus location and position preferences. Select positions that you're both qualified for  and interested in to give you the best chance of moving on to the interviews. 

After the supplemental form is submitted, be prepared to wait. Some students don't hear back for months regarding the status of their application.

How to prepare in the meantime

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1. Apply for the BOLD Immersion program , if you're in your sophomore year. Recruiters comb through these applications before they move on to the general applicant pool. So, if you can land yourself a spot in this coveted program, your chances of getting the internship are pretty high.

2. Revamp your resume and have qualified people review it . "Qualified" people include company connections, ex BOLD interns, your school's career advisor, or other folks in the field you're interested in. Highlight experiences relevant to your preferred role and understand the traits/qualities Google prioritizes. To get started, check out our video on optimizing your resume for Google .

3. Make connections with previous BOLD interns , especially those from your school or those you know personally. They can tell you more about the application, interview process, and the program itself. If you play your cards right, these ex-googlers can even give you a reference. References will make your application stand out to recruiters, when the time comes.

Extra tip : LinkedIn is your best friend. Filter people by experience (the BOLD internship!), university, or groups you have in common. 

4. Show interest in Google at every turn. Check with your University career office to see if Google is holding info sessions, networking events, one on one chats, or other experiences on campus. With covid-19 influencing our current landscape, ask about university-sponsored opportunities to digitally connect with Googlers as well.

If you make a good impression on a recruiter or employee, they may become a reference down the line. Be sure to give them your resume, get their contact information, and keep in touch. 

Everything About The Interview

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What to expect from the interview

If you made it to the interviews, congratulations! Most folks are weeded out in earlier steps and, if Google chooses to speak with you one-on-one, they're very intrigued. From here, there are 2 steps before receiving an offer:

  • The interviews: You will undergo 2 back to back interviews via Google Hangouts. Each will be 30-45 minutes long and questions will vary based on the role you're interested in. However, most folks can expect behavioral questions surrounding communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and Googleyness. Make sure you have a killer answer to "Why Google"-- interviewers want to be certain that you're passionate about the company.
  • The selection process: After the interviews are complete, both interviewers submit feedback to an anonymous third party - the hiring committee. To become a Google intern, this committee must decide that you're the right fit for the program.

If you make it through both of these steps, you will likely get an offer. Most BOLD graduates report receiving an offer 3-7 days after their interviews via phone. A formal offer will make its way to you via email in the weeks that follow.

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1. Acquire a deep understanding of the company and industry. This includes (but is not limited to) Google's product offerings, company culture, and roles that you may occupy or need to work with.

Additionally, you should start keeping tabs on the tech industry as a whole. It's important to understand the major trends, players, products, and headlines. Subscribe to tech blogs or listen to Podcasts to make sure your industry knowledge is up to date.

2. Prepare for behavioral questions. These questions will likely make up the bulk of the interview. Be prepared to tell stories of your past experiences that exemplify the skills and traits Google is looking for. To start, we recommend researching common behavioral questions, both within your role and in business roles overall.

Then, make a document of potential stories you could use to answer these questions. These could reflect your experiences during a group project, a leadership position, a past internship, a student organization, or any other significant setting in your young adult life. Having these specific examples on hand will help you answer questions that start with "tell me about a time when you..."

👉 Want to know which questions to look out for? Check them out here .

3. Use the Google interview guide. According to ex-BOLD interns, if you move on to this round of the process, you can expect to receive an interview guide. This provides an overview of how Google interviews work and how to prepare. Since these guidelines are coming from the company itself, they are some of the most trustworthy pieces of advice you'll come across. Be sure to study the interview guide carefully and focus on the elements that Google tells you to!

4. Mock interview with the right people. Many folks resort to mock interviewing with friends or classmates, but this usually does more harm than good. It's unlikely that they have enough experience to provide feedback or adequately judge the quality of your answers. If you want to practice your interview skills in this manner, you need to find a qualified interviewer. Here are a few ways to find one:

  • Connect with ex-BOLD interns. They experienced the interview process firsthand and succeeded. They can tell you what to expect, how to prepare, and if your answers will live up to Google's standards.
  • Leverage your connections within Google . If you know any Google employees in your department of interest, or you're able to find one who's willing to chat, you may have found an excellent mock interviewer. These folks will understand both the interview process and their field in depth, and be able to provide role-specific feedback.
  • Use Candor's mock interview tool. At candor.co/interviews, you can gain access to hundreds of questions asked in Google interviews, undergo a mock interview with us, and receive feedback from industry professionals. 

The Program: What It's Really Like

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Potential program locations: Interns can be placed at approximately a dozen offices. You'll have your chance to rank locations during the application. The most popular include Ann Arbor (MI), New York City (NY), Chicago (IL), San Francisco (CA), and the headquarters in Mountain View (CA).

What to expect from the program

The Google BOLD Internship experience is tailored to each individual, and dependent on the team they're placed on. Some folks have a variety of work, where each day is a new experience, while others work on the same 1-2 projects throughout the duration of the program. 

With that in mind, there isn't much to say about specific responsibilities. However, there are a few themes that remain consistent throughout the BOLD experience:

  • You will be challenged. You will be treated as a a valued employee and expected to participate in important conversations, make decisions, and push your professional comfort zone.
  • You will learn a lot . Not only will you leverage and develop existing skills, but you'll acquire new ones that you may not have expected.
  • You will get to know a ton of people. From other BOLD interns to team members to Googlers you want to learn from, there are plenty of opportunities for interaction, networking, and relationship building.

Perks   to look forward to

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The pay. Google internships are notorious for their high paychecks. While exact figures are difficult to come by, expect to live very comfortably in whichever city your internship takes place.

The environment. Regardless of your internship location, Google's facilities are beautiful and full of perks. Free meals, company gyms, arcade games, and massages are just a few of the in-office experiences that Google offers. Learn more about perks here .

The mentorship. In a formal sense, every intern has a team manager and an opportunity for one on one mentorship. In a less formal sense, opportunities for guidance exist everywhere throughout the organization. Whether you ask an employee to grab lunch or engage with an Employee Resource Group, there are countless ways to acquire formal and informal mentors at Google.

The professional development opportunities. Google's BOLD internship is designed to foster valuable learning opportunities and career skills. Through development programs, custom learning opportunities, speaker series, and more, Google ensures its intern experience prioritizes professional growth. 

The community. Google's emphasis on cultural fit has paid off (although some people disagree ). This positive, playful, and teamwork-oriented culture fosters strong bonds between employees. Interns typically become close with one another, their team members, and other folks they meet along the way.

Will you receive a return offer?

Converting a Google internship into a full-time offer isn't always easy. To boost your chances of securing a full-time opportunity, exceed expectations throughout the internship. Deliver high quality work, respond to criticism appropriately, and consistently strive to improve your team's project and experience. If your team enjoys your presence and work, you're much more likely to be invited back full time!

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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Google

Bold program, got the job yes.

I am a second year student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and I am pursuing a B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting. I am very interested in applying for your BOLD program at Google.

I first received an introduction to the internet at a very young age. My father brought home our first PC and taught me how to perform a simple online search. Within a few months I had surpassed his computer skills and in the next five years I taught myself basic programming, web design, and graphic design. From this, I fostered a love for technology and the internet that has only grown to this day. This is one area I look forward to expanding my knowledge in even further by working at Google.

I know that Google understands that the internet is experiencing a big change. Its new products are often targeted at the cloud and mobile computing markets, which I believe are the future of computing. I am a great candidate for your company because I not only understand and use Google products extensively, but I truly believe I see the vision behind such products. I believe that this ability coupled with my credentials qualifies me for a position at Google.

The second area I hope to expand is my leadership and team skills. I currently have extensive experience with leadership positions in organizations, sports teams, and part-time employment. I also have exceptional time management skills and have proved through my schoolwork that I will work as hard as it is necessary to achieve my goals. I know that working at Google would only elevate these skills and feed my passion to learn and grow while working with one of the most brilliant and cutting-edge teams in the world.

Again, I look forward to pursuing the BOLD program that you currently have available and would greatly appreciate speaking with you further. I am confident that my dedication and ability to work within a team as well as my knowledge of the industry qualify me for this position and I feel that I could be a great asset to your team.

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How to Write an Internship Cover Letter: 9 Tips (+ Examples)

A strong cover letter can get you noticed when applying for an internship. Find out how to craft a standout cover letter today. 

Woman looking over cover letter

You’ve found an internship, and it’s exactly the opportunity you’ve been looking for to put you on the path to your dream job. But, the internship application requires you to send a cover letter .

Cover letters give you space to contextualize how your previous work experience and relevant skills make you a good fit for the position. They expand on your resume in a meaningful way that grabs a hiring manager’s attention and demonstrates why you’re undeniably the right person for the internship. 

In this article, you will find out how to put your best foot forward with nine tips for your internship cover letter. You will also find examples alongside each tip and a cover letter template to help you compose your own. Whether you’re a high school student, recent college graduate, or career switcher looking to start on a new path, these tips are for you. 

Internship cover letters: why you need one

Cover letters provide hiring managers with insight into an applicant's experience, skills, and aspirations. As a result, cover letters can be especially helpful to early-career seekers applying for internships because they provide a more detailed picture of their backgrounds than their resumes might. 

Whether a job description asks for a cover letter or not, it is usually a wise decision to send a unique resume to each internship to which you apply. In some cases, adding a cover letter can be the difference between landing the internship or not. 

Research conducted by ResumeGo between 2019 and 2020 found that cover letters can have a positive impact on how applications are interpreted by hiring managers. Among their many findings, the researchers found that [ 1 ]: 

87 percent of hiring managers said they read cover letters. 

65 percent of hiring managers said that cover letters influence their hiring decisions. 

81 percent of hiring managers valued cover letters tailored to a specific position over generic ones. 

78 percent of hiring managers said it was easy to tell when a cover letter was generic. 

These statistics suggest both the impact that a cover letter can have when applying for an internship and the importance of crafting one that speaks directly to the position. One thing is clear: cover letters matter. 

How to write a cover letter for an internship 

A cover letter is your chance to stand out from the crowded applicant pool. In this section, you’ll learn nine high-impact tips to help you craft a cover letter that highlights your professionalism, aspirations, and qualifications. 

1. Properly format your cover letter.

Proper formatting will help hiring managers easily scan your cover letter for key information, such as your contact information and skills, and also convey your professionalism. From top to bottom, your cover letter should have the following elements: 

Keep to one page only : your cover letter should be only one page long. This will keep it focused, impactful, and easily scannable for hiring managers.  

Header at the top: Include a header that contains your contact information, so that hiring managers can easily reach out to you. 

Greetings: Your cover letter should open with a greeting to the hiring manager. This is a formality that makes your letter more personal. 

Intro: Your cover letter should include a brief introduction that describes who you are, what you are applying for and your key qualifications. 

Body: The body of your cover letter is where you go into detail about your experience, skills, and education. 

Conclusion/Call to action: Your cover letter should conclude with a call to action that encourages your reader to reach out to you. 

Salutations: Finally, you want to leave the reader with a good impression by including a formal salutation followed by your full name. This conveys a sense of professionalism and friendliness. 

In the following tips, you will learn more about handling each of these parts of your resume to make them as impactful as possible. 

2. Have a professional email address.

The header of your cover letter is where you include your contact information, including your full name, phone number, and email address. 

While it may seem insignificant, one of the most important things you can do in your header is to include a professional-sounding email address. In this instance, the simpler the email address the better. Create an email address that is a simple variant of your name with a common free email provider, such as Gmail. 

3. Personalize your greeting. 

While many cover letters are addressed simply “to whom it may concern,” a more impactful way to catch a hiring manager’s attention is by addressing them by name directly. 

In addition to making your cover letter more personal, this tactic also highlights that you’ve done your research and created a job-specific cover letter rather than sent a generic one. This can have a positive impact on how a hiring manager views your resume and cover letter. 

You can find out who the hiring manager is by doing some straightforward research online. Some job descriptions will instruct you to email a specific person. In other cases, you might need to visit the organization’s website and see if you can identify the person who heads their internship or hiring efforts. 

If this fails, you can also reach out to the organization directly by either email or phone to see if they can provide the name of the hiring manager who will be looking at internship applications. Let them know that you are applying for the specific internship and would like to address the hiring manager directly in your application. 

If you’re unable to learn the name of the hiring manager, then don’t sweat it – your application likely won’t be penalized for a common, courteous greeting.

4. Include key information in the intro.

Your cover letter should include a short introduction that immediately identifies the specific internship position you are applying for and the key background information relevant to the position. Ideally, you should keep your introduction to only a few sentences, making sure not to exceed four. 

Much like a thesis statement in a school paper, the introduction of your cover letter helps the reader understand your purpose for writing and the qualifications that make you ideal for the position. 

Dear Ms. Angelou, 

I am writing to apply for the editorial assistant internship position at Little House publishing. An avid reader since I first played cracked open Grimm’s (macabre) Fairytales as a five-year-old, I have made storytelling my personal and professional calling. As an English major at The Ohio State University, I have been an editor of our school’s literary magazine for three years, brought two theater productions to life as a dramaturg, and taught reading and writing to countless middle schoolers. 

5. Show how you and the internship are a perfect match. 

The key aim of your cover letter is to demonstrate to the hiring manager why you and the internship are a perfect match for one another. 

As a result, you should craft your letter to emphasize how your skill set and experience have prepared you for the position and why it can help you achieve your professional aims. Remember, an internship is as much an educational opportunity as a work experience, so don’t be afraid to note what the internship offers you as well as what you offer the internship. 

To identify how you and the internship are a good match for one another, do the following: 

1. Read through the job description and identify the skills and experience you possess. 

2. Identify what experience, skills, or understanding you will gain by doing the internship.

3. Include these points in your cover letter. 

“After studying python for the last two years, IBM’s data science internship will finally give me the opportunity to see programming at work in the real world. Throughout high school, I’ve spent hours combing through data, creating visualizations, and posing questions to data big and small all by myself. At IBM, I will finally be a part of a community that takes data seriously, contributing to projects but learning even more.” 

6. Emphasize your education and extracurriculars.

While most jobs require applicants to have some kind of relevant work experience, most internships typically expect applicants to have very little or even none. This is particularly true for internships geared toward high school and college students. 

If you’re a student without much (or any) relevant work experience, then you should emphasize your education and extracurricular activities. You’ll be able to highlight your skills, interests, and concrete achievements for hiring managers as much as previous work experience would allow you to do. 

“As a computer science student, I have taken advanced courses on machine learning and programming data structures, achieving top grades in both. Later, I used these skills in the AI club when I taught a machine to visually recognize different hand gestures.” 

7. Use active language and note concrete outcomes. 

One of the key ways to create impactful writing is to use active language that shows the reader how you achieved concrete outcomes. This method will help your reader fully comprehend what it is that you have done and what you have ultimately achieved. 

Active language (also known as active voice) is when the subject of a sentence acts upon an object, rather than the object being acted upon by an object. For example, consider the chart below: 

In the first sentence, the emphasis is on the woman (the subject) doing an action (“programming”) on the computer (the object). The second sentence, meanwhile, puts emphasis on the computer rather than the action performed by the subject (the woman). By focusing on the action, the first sentence highlights the work that the woman does – and keeps the sentence shorter too. 

Using active language that clearly describes how you accomplished a specific result will keep the attention on you and what you can do.  

“As a writing tutor, I taught middle schoolers how to write in the active voice to help them articulate themselves with impact. To do it, I parsed sentences on the blackboard, edited essays live, and reinforced concepts week to week.  Our results spoke for themselves: test scores improved by 78 percent in just two months.”

8. Consider using a bulleted list to highlight your technical skills. 

To make it more scannable, you might consider including a bullet point list of your relevant skills in the body of your cover letter. This technique can help readers catch important skills that you possess that could help you stand out from the applicant pool. 

“Throughout my education and extracurriculars, I have honed many skills relevant to the internship, including: 

Collaboration

Problem solving"

Read: Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What’s the Difference?

9. Include a call-to-action and salutation at the end of the letter. 

Your cover letter should leave the hiring manager with both a desire to reach out to you and a good picture of you. To leave them wanting to hear more from you, end the cover letter with a brief statement about your desire to speak more about the role soon and close with a professional salutation, such as “sincerely.”

“I look forward to talking soon about how I can contribute to the team this summer. Thank you for the opportunity, time, and consideration.

Sincerely, 

Abraham Lincoln”

Landing an internship can help you kick off your career. To make sure that you’re ready for that first day on the job, you might consider taking an online course or gaining a professional certificate in such fields as data science , project management , or social media marketing . 

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1. Resume Go. “ Cover Letters: Just How Important Are They? , https://www.resumego.net/research/cover-letters/.” Accessed March 24, 2022. 

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How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship [Examples & Template]

Caroline Forsey

Published: September 15, 2023

Writing a cover letter can feel like a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a lot of real-world experience.

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Fortunately, a cover letter is actually a chance to explain how your extracurriculars and classes have taught you exceptional leadership and time management skills.

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We’ve created an internship cover letter template to provide some initial structure and inspiration. For the best results, download our template, then add your own creativity and flair with the tips below.

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How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship

  • Include your name, date, location, and contact information.
  • Include the company, department, and company address.
  • Address the hiring manager.
  • Set the context for your application.
  • Sell your experience.
  • Close the letter with grace and a call to action.

There are different formats you can use when writing internship cover letters, but you can’t go wrong with the traditional business letter format. Business professionals use this template style to apply for full-time roles, so your cover letter will stand out above the rest. Remember to proofread, use formal terms such as “Dear” and “Sincerely,” and lean towards a professional tone in your body copy.

1. Include your name, date, location, and contact information.

Although some companies are firmly against using applicant tracking systems, chances are many of the companies you apply to  will screen your resume and cover letter using one. That means you’ll need to stand out to both an automated system and human recruiters.

Have you ever heard the myth that you’d get credit for writing your name on the SAT exam? The same applies to adding contact information to your cover letter, but it’s 100% true. Make it easy for the recruiter to get in touch with you by providing an up-to-date phone number and email address.

In the past, it was common for job and internship seekers to include their exact address on their cover letter as they’d mail them directly to the hiring managers. In today’s digital world, most hiring teams won’t need to know your exact home address to extend an internship offer, so feel free to leave it off. Simply include your city and state to give the team an idea of your proximity to the office.

Your Address

Your City, State, Zip Code

Cell: 555-555-5555

Email: [email protected]

2. Include the company, department, and company address.

If you’re writing a cover letter for several internship opportunities, you’ll find it helpful to search the full name, department, and headquarters address of each company. Doing this as a separate step will help you copy the information accurately in your cover letter. Remember, you don’t want any typos or mistakes in your cover letter, especially when it comes to information that can be easily found on the internet.

Finding the department name may not be as simple, so you can leave that out if you’re unsure. If your company has several campuses or operates in different cities, use the address of the location where the internship will be performed or the office location where your hiring manager works. If your internship will be remote, use the company’s general headquarters address.

City, State Zip

3. Address the hiring manager.

As a student looking for an internship, you’ll definitely set yourself apart from other applicants by being resourceful. You can show your resourcefulness by searching for the hiring manager’s name to properly address them in your cover letter. Occasionally, their title is stated in the role description. You can then search for the role on LinkedIn to identify their name. If you can’t find a name, you can instead address them by title only. Other times, though, finding the name of the hiring manager could be more difficult. If a Google search doesn’t return a first and last name, your best bet is to leave the name out. Sacrificing a bit of personalization is much better than addressing the wrong person in your cover letter.

Dear X, (try to find the hiring manager’s name… if you can’t, you can put “Dear [Company A] Hiring Committee”)

4. Set the context for your application.

In the first paragraph, explain how you heard about the company or position, and if you know anyone at the company, mention them here. Next, express your own interest in the company or position and explain briefly how it relates to your own passions. Don’t forget to introduce yourself in this paragraph, writing your name, your education level, your major, and your interests.

You may opt for a creative first line to capture the reader’s attention. One that worked for me early in my career went something like this:

“ Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been telling stories since I was five years old. No, not fibbing — real storytelling... ”

This is where you’ll benefit from researching the company’s culture. While this opening statement worked well for startups and more laid-back companies, a big accounting firm might find it culturally off-beat.

5. Sell your experience.

Scan the internship position description and pick out a few qualities you think apply to you — just don’t choose all the descriptors mentioned as it could appear disingenuous and make your cover letter too long. For instance, if I see a company is looking for someone who’s “outgoing, organized, hardworking, and willing to take criticism,” I would pick those that describe me best and focus on providing examples in the body of my cover letter.

Mentioning the traits directly in your cover letter shows you’ve read the position description, and makes your cover letter more scannable. If the hiring manager is looking for someone with content skills, she might scan your cover letter looking for the words that indicate experience with content.

Finally, brainstorm a few compelling examples to show how you embody the most important characteristics. Don’t just write, “I have excellent customer service skills.” You want to prove it. Support your claim by writing something like,

“ Last summer, I worked as an orientation leader at my college, serving as a resource for incoming students and their parents. This experience strengthened my customer service skills. ”

Even if you don't have a lot of (or any) job experience, think about highlighting skills you've gained from extracurriculars, volunteer experience, or even passion projects:

“My passion for dance led me to become a volunteer dance teacher which helped me develop as a leader.”

6. Close the letter with grace and a call to action.

If the internship application does not explicitly state “please do not contact,” you might choose to conclude by specifying how you will follow up, such as, “I will call next week to see if my qualifications are a match,” or, “I am eager to meet with you to discuss this opportunity, and am available for an interview at a mutually convenient time.” Conclude by thanking the hiring manager for taking the time to consider you, and end on a positive, confident note, such as, “I look forward to speaking with you soon.”

You may even go a step further and give the hiring manager a call to action. Include a link to your online portfolio, a website, or even a YouTube channel where you display your work and personality. To see how often hiring managers are viewing these additional items, include tracking to your link using a URL tracker like Bitly to capture that data.

Sample Internship Cover Letter

Featured resource: 5 free cover letter templates, event planning internship cover letter.

1 Hireme Road

Boston, MA, 20813

Email: [email protected]

May 20, 2021

Event Planning Department -- Internship Program

35 Recruiting St.

Boston, MA, 29174

Dear Internship Coordinator,

At the suggestion of John Smith, a senior marketer at Company A, I am submitting my resume for the Event Coordinator internship position. I am a junior at Elon University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Event Management, and am passionate about event planning. I am thrilled to hear about Company A’s Event Coordinator internship program and feel my experiences and skills would be an excellent match for your organization.

As an executive member of the Student Union Board at Elon, I am in charge of organizing, promoting, and implementing multiple school-related social activities per week, while being challenged to design new events. I work cohesively with a diverse team made up of students and faculty, and I also foster relationships with novelty companies.

My experience as an Orientation Leader has further prepared me for this internship. It was essential that I remain positive, outgoing, and energized during move-in day and act as a liaison between new students, families, and faculty in a fast-paced and demanding environment. I was expected to maintain a highly professional customer service ethic while interacting with families and new students.

My Elon University experiences, executive board membership, and orientation leadership role have prepared me to be successful in the Event Coordinator internship program. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can add value to Company A.

(handwritten signature)

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Marketing Department — Internship Program

I am a passionate, creative, and driven Elon University student with leadership and event planning experience, as well as strong communication skills. I am seeking opportunities to showcase my writing abilities in a challenging and stimulating environment. My skills and experiences will enable me to deliver successful results as a digital marketing intern for Company B.

Please allow me to highlight my key skills:

  • Prior experience writing blog posts and press releases for marketing objectives
  • Strong communication skills and ability to adopt voice for diverse audiences and varying purposes
  • Efficient in managing multiple projects with fast-moving deadlines through organization and time-management skills
  • A firm understanding of grammar rules and how to write effectively
  • Experience in leadership positions, both as Student Union Board executive leader and as an Elon Orientation Leader
  • Proven ability to form positive relationships with people from around the globe, exhibited by my internship experience in China last summer
  • Experience organizing, promoting, and implementing social events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere), and social media platforms

In closing, I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can be an asset to Company B. I will call next week to see if you agree that my qualifications are a match for the position. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Internship Cover Letter Examples

1. hospitality internship cover letter, why this cover letter example works:.

Passion, a willingness to learn, and previous industry experience are the factors that make this cover letter stand out. The hiring manager is able to see that the candidate has a genuine interest in the field of hospitality and takes their future in the field seriously.

How to incorporate these tips:

Start by analyzing your own experience and interest in comparison to the internship you're applying for. Do you have any examples, facts, or figures that you can include in your letter? This will help the hiring manager understand your interest in the position and give them more of a reason to hire you over the competition.

2. Supply Chain Internship Cover Letter

This student has concrete experience in three specific areas of the supply chain: demand forecasting, inventory management, and logistics strategies. Naming these areas of expertise is not only helpful for landing the internship, it helps the hiring manager structure the team by pairing them with other interns and mentors who can complement that skillset. If there's anything a hiring manager loves more than a prepared hire, it's a hire who's proactive!

3. Fashion Design Internship Cover Letter

Hands-on experience isn't possible in every field of work, but when you aspire to work in the fashion industry, there's no better way to stand out for an internship. In this internship cover letter example, Peter shares that he has practical experience designing clothing which demonstrates his ability to illustrate, design, and produce a material product which is exactly what Sleeves & Thread is looking for. 

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. If you're planning to work in an industry that produces material goods, technology, or even provides services, a great way to prove your chops is to do it before you get the job. This might look like starting a small summer side hustle, working pro bono, or taking on projects at school for extra credit. Whatever route you choose, make sure to take on projects that build a quality portfolio that hiring managers will want to see.

4. Finance Internship Cover Letter

Rebecca takes the time to highlight her skillset, but she also balances her cover letter with reasons why Banking Corporation will be a great fit for her budding career. She gives plenty of reasons why the company is appealing to her which helps balance the cover letter.

The obvious point of a cover letter is to sell your skills to the hiring manager in order to secure the internship. However, it's important to remember that the hiring process is a two-way street. It's beneficial to incorporate reasons why you want to work for the business. Explaining what the business is doing that aligns with your personal goals and values can be the factor that tips the scale in your favor and gets you hired.

5. Marketing Cover Letter Internship Example

If you work in the industry of the arts, creative, or marketing, chances are you'll have more freedom when it comes to drafting your cover letter. Here, Robin takes a novel approach by weaving colorful language that practically jumps off the page. With just enough pizazz, her personality shines through which could leave the hiring manager wanting to learn more.

It may be tempting to throw in flowery language for the sake of standing out, but proceed with caution. A better approach would be to imagine you're seeing the internship opportunity for the first time, then share your excitement with a friend. Next, write down what you said, exactly as you said it, and edit from there to include the key points of a cover letter we mention in this article. You'll sound natural while still getting your point across succinctly.

Internship Cover Letter Templates

Standard internship cover letter template.

Use this cover letter template as a foundation for your cover letter. You can customize it to fit your experience and the companies you’ll be applying to.

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Data-Driven Internship Cover Letter Template

If your major is data-driven like STEM, marketing, or accounting, this is the internship cover letter template for you. With this template, you can include the data highlights of your class projects and assignments to show the hiring manager that you can support your experience with credible facts.

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Entry-level Cover Letter Template

As you approach your senior year of college, you may be looking for entry-level roles rather than internships. Cover letters are just as important for full-time roles as they are for internships, so use this template to make the transition in your job search.

Entry-level cover letter template

Wrapping Up Your Letter of Recommendation

A resume isn’t always enough to make an impression. Including a cover letter in your internship application is the first step to setting yourself apart from other applicants. Study and apply the six steps for writing a professional internship cover letter and use one of these samples or templates to customize it. Your resume gives the highlights of your time in college while your cover letter tells the story of how those experiences will serve you as an intern with your future employer. Use it to your advantage to land the first role in your career as you navigate college and beyond.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

This article was written by a human, but our team uses AI in our editorial process. Check out our full disclosure to learn more about how we use AI.

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The Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) Immersion program provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture where great minds, cutting-edge technology, and smart business intersect to make a difference — each and every day.

Selected students will participate in a virtual program in the summer of 2023. The program will be a mixture of self-learning and weekly group sessions with Google mentors. The BOLD Immersion program provides:

  • A rare glimpse into the business side of the technology industry
  • A chance to grow your peer network
  • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship program and business career opportunities

The BOLD Immersion program takes place in multiple regions around the world, is open to higher education students, and is committed to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our company, and the technology industry. Students that identify with a group historically excluded from the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

Looking for the BOLD Internship?

The Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) Internship Program is a paid summer internship for rising undergraduate seniors that are interested in business careers in the technology industry and full-time job opportunities at Google. The program aims to expose historically underrepresented students in this field to career opportunities in the industry and to prepare all entry-level talent to be ambassadors for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their careers. Students from all schools, and students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including but not limited to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, students with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply.

To learn more and apply, head to our BOLD Internship page .

  • Be in the third year of a four year BA/BS program, in any major at an accredited university or college in the United States for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Be authorized to work in the United States

Qualifications

BOLD Immersion aims to expose students that identify with a group historically excluded from the technology industry to career opportunities in tech. Students from all schools, and students who identify with a group historically excluded from the technology industry, including but not limited to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, students with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply, students must:

Application process

Students who are interested in applying will be asked to complete an online application process which includes:

  • General background information (e.g. contact information and details about your current university)
  • Academic transcript from your current institution
  • Response to our short answer prompt

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

Important: Before starting the application, please have the following ready for upload:

  • PDF copy of your resume and transcript merged into one single file
  • PDF copy of your current transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • PDF copy of your short answer response

Please ensure that you enter your information accurately and that you submit your application in one sitting as you cannot save in progress. You will receive a confirmation when your application has been successfully submitted. Please review FAQs for BOLD Immersion below. Should you have any additional questions, please reach out to [email protected] . Thanks for your interest in applying!

Please apply by completing the BOLD Immersion Application 2023.

What is Google BOLD Immersion?

At Google BOLD Immersion you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the business side of the technology industry, a chance to grow your peer network, and exposure and insight into Google’s business internship and career opportunities.

When will the program take place?

Google BOLD Immersion will take place virtually during the summer of 2023. There will be programming over the course of the 2 week immersion for the 2023 cohort from across the country.

Is US citizenship required for BOLD Immersion?

To be considered for the BOLD Immersion Program, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Unfortunately, applicants without acceptable proof of identity and work authorization are not eligible to participate. You can find out about other opportunities for international students on our student website.

When will I find out if I’ve been selected?

We will review all applications after the application closes on June 5, 2023. We’ll be reaching out to all students to notify them of our decision by the last week of June 2023.

How do I submit my transcript and resume?

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  • Title the doc with your lastname_firstname_materials” e.g. “Potter_Harry_Materials".
  • Share the document indicating that anyone with the link can view.
  • Copy the URL and include the link in the application form.

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Bright, creative, caring: these words describe Kourtney Smith, the 2018 BOLD summer intern for Product Inclusion at Google. A rising senior at North Carolina A&T State University and President of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kourtney is the daughter of a single mom, and attributes her accomplishments to the support of a growing network of strong, supportive women. This network includes her grandma, great grandma, aunts, sorority sisters–and women she has met in the tech industry during her internship.

This summer, she researched the needs of communities who are traditionally underrespresented online, to help support Google product teams with information on user needs as they work to build accessible and useful technologies for people around the world.

Google’s BOLD (Build Opportunity for Leadership and Development) internship program brings rising college seniors like Kourtney to Google campuses to work on a variety of projects across Sales, Marketing, and People Operations. We’ve designed the BOLD program to encourage students who identify with communities who are underrepresented in the tech industry (including veterans and students with disabilities) to learn firsthand what it’s like to work at Google.

I sat down with Kourtney to discuss her experience at Google–which included a concert at Google’s Mountain View campus with Boyz II Men (she’s a big 90s R&B fan!) and a series of workshops that she co-led with the Product Inclusion team as a budding subject matter expert in the inclusive technology space. Here, she shares her thoughts and advice for aspiring BOLD applicants.

What inspired you to pursue an internship in tech?

I attended The Opening Act HBCU Conference hosted by Spotify my sophomore year of college. During one of the sessions, the speaker explained how the tech industry is between 7-10% diverse. Immediately, I was confused and had many questions surrounding that percentage. North Carolina A&T State University is the number one producer of Black engineers out of all of the colleges in the United States. Many of my friends are engineering students. I felt as if more underrepresented students should be in the tech industry. After the conference, I did immense research on the industry. I love how innovative, creative, and thought-provoking it is.

What are you studying, and how are you applying it at Google?

I am studying Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. My projects for the summer are heavily involved data analytics. To understand the data that I am using for my projects, I am creating narratives to explain the data. Also, I have taken on leadership opportunities that tie to my major. I have moderated a Leadership Speaker Series with Google's VP of Employee Engagement, Danielle Brown, hosted a lunch and learn for HBCU students that are in the BOLD internship program, and I hosted a session on Product Inclusion with my manager, Annie Jean-Baptiste, at this year’s BOLD Immersion Program. In addition, I presented at an all-company town hall at the Googleplex! All of these speaking engagements are allowing me to showcase my communication and interpersonal skills that have been taught to me in my major classes.

How has your BOLD internship surprised you?

My BOLD internship has surprised me in various ways. I believe the most surprising part of my internship is how supportive my team and other Googlers are. My team really includes me in initiatives, meetings, and other important conversations. I don’t feel like “the intern.” My opinions and input are valued and solicited. Other Googlers outside of my team are willing to have coffee chats to talk about their roles and experiences at Google. Most important, my projects have tested my own abilities. Prior to my internship, I had a lot of self-doubt regarding my data-analysis skills. Both of my projects are data-analytics focused which challenges me to build those skills and seek knowledge in order to be successful.

What advice would you give other students when looking for an internship in tech?

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What advice would you give students who aspire to pursue a BOLD internship at Google?

One of the most important things you can do if you aspire to pursue a BOLD internship at Google is to do extensive research on the company. Google is a huge company, and it is more than what you see when you log on to www.google.com . Google is a multifaceted company with thousands of teams and roles. Having a general understanding of the type of role and the team that you would want to work for will be helpful in the application process. Be sure that your resume is up-to-date with your latest experiences and leadership roles with impactful descriptions. Lastly, connect with past Google BOLD interns on LinkedIn and ask to converse with them via phone to get their insight about the program. It helps a lot to understand the program coming from someone that participated in it.

What’s the one piece of advice you will bring back to campus and your life as a student?

This internship has taught me that it is okay to not know everything and it’s okay to be imperfect. Coming into this role, I knew nothing about the inner workings of product inclusion. I had to learn that it was okay for me not to know anything. That’s the point of an internship, but the key is to not stay complacent in the whole “I’m an intern and I don’t have to know everything” mindset. I began to ask questions, shadow meetings, and do my own research on the work that my team does. Also, I’m a perfectionist, which isn’t the best characteristic to have. This internship teaches me daily that it’s impossible to be perfect. There are always opportunities for improvement and learning to complete an assignment better. It is okay to not have it right all the time.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I will be 31 years old. I hope to be married and beginning to have children. By that time, I hope to have obtained a Masters in Business Administration as well. I plan to be working on a diversity and inclusion team for a technology company and have advanced into a manager role or higher. I also aspire to have my own professional development organization catered to HBCU students. I believe one of my purposes in life is to connect great people to great opportunities. I want to ensure HBCU students are equipped with the skills, professionalism, and business etiquette to obtain positions with top level companies, especially those in the tech industry. Overall, I hope to fulfill my passions and purpose while making an impact.

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You’ve found the perfect internship and it’s now time to apply and land the position!

But, in addition to your resume, you also have to write an internship cover letter.

You might end up staring at the blank Word document for hours and nothing comes out.

We don’t blame you; cover letters are hard to write even if you have a decade’s worth of work experience, let alone if you’re a recent graduate or a student.

Worry not, though; in this article, we’re going to teach you all you need to know to write a compelling cover letter for your internship.

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Do I Need a Cover Letter for an Internship?

First things first—if you’re wondering whether you actually need a cover letter for your internship application, the answer is yes . 

An internship application is just like any other hiring process, meaning that a recruiter will go over your resume , cover letter (and maybe even references), and decide whether you’re qualified for the position. 

And yes, recruiters contrary to what you might think, recruiters do read your cover letter. 56% of recruiters prefer a cover letter with an applicant’s application.

This is reasonable - a cover letter allows you to add essential information you didn’t have space for in a resume, as well as explain (in words) how your experiences are tied to the role you’re applying for.

As such, a cover letter for an internship is essential and complementary to your application package.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go over all the best ways to write a cover letter for an internship. 

How to Write a Cover Letter for Internship

#1. respect the format.

Before you can focus on your cover letter’s contents, you should first make sure you’re sticking to the right format. 

Otherwise, your cover letter will be disorganized and the recruiter will have a hard time following your train of thought.

So, here’s the format that your cover letter for an internship should follow: 

  • Header with contact information. This includes your full name, professional email, phone number, and LinkedIn profile (if you have one). Underneath your contact info, you should add the date and the receiver’s information (the recruiter’s name and title, the company/organization name, and their physical address). 
  • Addressing the recruiter. Greeting the recruiter with “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern” is common, but not the best approach. Want to show the hiring manager that you did your research? We recommend you address the hiring manager by name directly. Our guide on how to address a cover letter covers everything you need to know on this topic!      
  • Opening statement. Your opening statement should be brief, but at the same time professional and attention-grabbing. Here, you introduce yourself, mention the position you’re applying for, and potentially a key achievement or two.   
  • Body. The body of your cover letter consists of 2-3 paragraphs where you highlight your education, provide background for your skills, and explain how you (and the company) would benefit from each other professionally. 
  • Closing paragraph. Your closing paragraph is your chance to include a call to action, to thank the recruiters for their time, or mention anything important you left out. 
  • Formal salutation. End your cover letter with a formal salutation such as “kind regards,” “sincerely,” or “best regards.” Our guide on how to end a cover letter can teach you all you need to know on the topic. 

Having trouble getting started with your cover letter? Read our guide on how to start a cover letter and get inspired!

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#2. State the Position You’re Applying For in the Opening

Recruiters hate one-size-fits-all cover letters and resumes.

Around 48% of recruiters and hiring managers aren’t even going to read your cover letter if it’s not customized to the role you’re applying for.

And one of the easiest ways to do this is by mentioning the role you’re applying for right in the cover letter opening.

This allows you to:

  • Show that you will be tailoring the rest of your cover letter for that position alone.
  • Prove that your cover letter is customized for this specific internship, and you’re not just randomly applying for the job,

Here’s a practical example of how you can mention the role you’re applying for in the cover letter opening:

Dear Mr. Jacobs, 

It is my pleasure to apply for the Communications Assistant internship position at the United Nations Development Programme. I can confidently say based on my 2-year experience working as a journalist and my excellent academic results in the Mass Communications Major that I’d be a good fit for the position. 

#3. Mention the Right Keywords

When reviewing your application, hiring managers tend to scan your cover letter or resume and look for the right keywords that would make you qualified for the internship you’re applying for.

E.g. If you're applying for a job in graphic design, the recruiter is probably looking for keywords like “Photoshop,” “Illustrator,” or “InDesign.”

As such, it’s very important to include the right keywords in your cover letter.

How can you find these keywords, you might ask?

It’s actually pretty simple - just look at the internship job description and go through the required skills & responsibilities and identify the keywords that you’d think the recruiter would be looking for.

Then, do the following:

  • Sprinkle some of those keywords throughout your cover letter. When relevant, back them up with an experience. E.g. don’t just say “I’m good at Photoshop,” say how you’ve taken 3 different Photoshop classes and used Photoshop for 2 different projects.
  • Don’t include keywords that don’t apply to you, they’ll just make it seem like you’re copy-pasting from the job description.
  • Research and add other popular soft skills that recruiters look for in applicants for the role you’re applying for. E.g. If you’re applying for an internship as a communications assistant, chances are, you’ll need strong communication skills (even if this is not something listed in the job description.

Now, let’s look at a practical example. Let’s say that the internship you’re applying for requires the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines

Here’s how you’d mention this in your cover letter:

During my time as Editor in Chief at my University’s newspaper, I got to develop my communication and leadership skills significantly. For over two years, I was in charge of a 7 people team, which also helped my teamwork skills and my ability to meet deadlines. 

Keep in mind, though, that it IS possible to overdo it with the keywords.

44% of hiring managers say they will dismiss a resume or cover letter that looks as if it has copied the job posting. 

Using each and every keyword mentioned in the job description (without backing the skills up with experiences) might cause the hiring manager to think that you’re just copying the job ad & don’t actually have these skills.

So, don’t just copy-paste all the keywords from the job description, and if you DO mention a lot of those keywords, make sure to back them up with practical experiences.

#4. Highlight Your Education

If you don’t have a lot of work experience, your education and relevant coursework is your best chance to show that you’re a good fit for the internship. 

Letting the recruiter know what kind of courses you’ve completed that are relevant to the internship you’re applying for will be a big plus for your application. 

Say, for example, that you’re applying for an internship as a graphic designer. To make your internship cover letter impactful, make sure to mention all the relevant courses and related accomplishments. 

Here’s an example of how you could do that:

As a Visual Design major, I have completed several courses that have helped me build my professional portfolio. A few of the most beneficial ones have been Design & Layout and Visual Communication: Theory and Practice. I have also gained valuable experience doing the layout of the university’s newspaper for 4 years and of several books as independent projects. 

#5. Provide Background For Your Skills

It’s one thing to just claim that you have a set of skills and another to prove it. 

Anyone can say that they’re great at doing something, but what makes all the difference is when you can actually put your money where your mouth is. 

For example, in your internship cover letter, instead of just mentioning that you have “good time-management skills,” actually back it up with a past experience that proves it.

During the summers I assisted my family’s wedding planning business, I learned a lot about time management. In that kind of business, it’s important that things run like clockwork so in addition to time management skills, it also significantly improved my attention to detail. 

#6. Explain Why You’re a Good Fit For The Position

In addition to just listing out the skills that are relevant and beneficial for the internship, you should also explain why you are a good fit for the position. 

This means that you should connect the dots between what the company/organization is looking to gain from its interns and what you can do to provide those services. 

So, after you research and create an understanding of what is required of you, you should use your cover letter to explain why you’re a good fit for that position. 

For the sake of the example, let’s assume you’re applying for an internship at a Human Rights organization. A big chunk of what the role requires is categorizing virtual files of the cases the organization has worked on in the past.

What you want to do, in this case, is show how you can help with that particular job as an intern. Here’s how:  

I have spent 3 summers working at the National Library, where I was tasked to sort and categorize books based on their topic, author, and year of publication, and also memorize where each section fits in the library. I believe this skill, which I have perfected over the years, can really be of use for the internship position at Organization X.

#7. Describe What You Would Gain Professionally

In addition to showing (and proving) your skills and how you can benefit the company, you should also explain how getting the position will benefit YOU . 

When it comes to internships, oftentimes they serve the purpose of helping students and young professionals acquire in-depth knowledge about the industry, create a network, and develop skills that will benefit them throughout their careers. 

So, it will surely help you make an even better impression if you show that you are self-aware about what you’ll get out of the internship and how it will help you grow professionally. 

Here’s how you can do that: 

I am excited for this internship to provide me with the necessary customer service skills and network that will help me grow professionally in my future career as a customer service manager. 

#8. Proofread Your Cover Letter

After all, is written and done, there’s one final thing to do and that is make sure your cover letter doesn’t have mistakes. 

A spelling or grammar mistake probably won’t disqualify you, but at the same time, it will probably be a red flag for recruiters that you’re not too attentive.

For this reason, ask a friend to proofread your cover letter or use spell-checking software such as Grammarly and Hemingway . 

Want to know what other cover letter mistakes you should avoid? Our guide on cover letter mistakes has all you need to know on the topic! 

#9. Match Your Cover Letter & Resume Designs

Want your internship application to truly shine?

Match your cover letter design with your resume!

Sure, you could go with a generic Word cover letter template, but why fit in when you can stand out?

At Novorésumé, all our resume templates come with a matching cover letter template , guaranteed to make your application truly special.

Cover Letter for Internship Template

Struggling to create a cover letter for your internship?

Simply follow our tried-and-tested internship cover letter template!

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Key Takeaways 

And that’s a wrap! You should now have all the necessary information about how to create a cover letter for an internship.

Now, let’s do a small recap of the key learning points we just covered:

  • Cover letters are a must when you’re applying for an internship.
  • When you start writing your cover letter, make sure you respect the format: the header with contact information, the greeting to the recruiter, an opening paragraph, the body with 2-3 paragraphs, and a closing paragraph followed by an official salutation and your name.
  • Some of our main tips on how to write a cover letter for an internship include: state the position you’re applying for, make use of the right keywords, and back up your skills with experiences.
  • Use a cover letter builder and match it with your resume to make sure your cover letter truly stands out from the rest.

Related Readings: 

  • Entry-level Cover Letter
  • Do I Need a Cover Letter in 2024?
  • Top 21 Cover Letter Tips

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If you read about my nightmare interviews with Google , then you know I bombed them.

But two years later I ran into one of my interviewers . He recognized my name at a conference and said, "I remember your application. I've never seen anything like it."

Even though I buckled under the pressure, I had an application that got me remembered and got my foot in the door.

Depending on where you want to work, applications don't have to be traditional and boring . They need to stand out from clutter and showcase your skills, much like business cards . 

If it helps, here is what worked for me.

This is the application cover I created for Google with things about myself (because Google says they really like diversity and personality):

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