- To begin your cover letter, make sure you include all of your personal contact information. This includes name, phone number, email address, and your residential address in some cases.
- Next, it is very important to state the position/role you are applying for. Once you do this, it gives the impression to the reader that the Resume/CV was designed for them, and isn’t the standard run of the mill CV you merely forwarded upon finding an apt position vacancy.
- After addressing the concerned individual, the first paragraph should primarily be about a quality which differentiates you from others. Give the concerned entity a reason to continue reading through your application. Thus, the unique quality could include any competition you have one, prize you have achieved, or paper you have written which can be of relevance in the internship. Remember, list an accomplishment which makes you stand out, and half of your work is done there and then.
- The body paragraphs (maximum 2) need to be written in a way which directly corresponds with the ‘Job Description’. This means using the correct ‘keywords’. These are mostly those used in the job description, and are what the employer is looking for as they skim through your application.
- The first body paragraph should explain your qualifications, experience, and skills, and why you are a good fit as an intern for the organization. Try listing skills which were mentioned in the job description, and with a relevant example, pair the skill with you. Any extra-curricular activities or volunteer opportunities which could come in handy for the organization should be listed. For instance, if you want to join as a Writing and Research Intern, a possible experience could be leading a Content Writing department for a college club.
- If you have no work/volunteer experience, you should write about any courses you have taken in the past which can prove helpful when (if) you are hired as an intern.
- The second body paragraph should include all that you hope to gain from the internship. Many organisatons have intern programs primarily to help budding entrepreneurs/employees learn the way of the market. A curiosity to learn, and awareness of all that you can gain can make your application shine out of all others.
- End the cover letter with a salutation of ‘Kind Regards’ and you full name.
- Proofread, review, and send.
How to Write a Cover Letter for Scholarship
Writing a cover letter to receive a scholarship is a bit different than applying for an internship or job.
- Begin the letter with your contact information, as well as the contact information of the organization offering the scholarship.
- Begin with a greeting to the person in charge. In case you are unaware of who exactly will read the letter, refrain from writing a gender-specific greeting.
- Some scholarship funds require financial information to be expressed on the cover letter. If your concerned organization has any such requirement, include any needed financial information truthfully. This could include income, wealth, bank account information, etc.
- The first paragraph should express thanks for the scholarship fund, as well as your eligibility to be able to apply for the fund.
- Continue the letter by writing about your academic qualifications and achievements. This part is very important because many financial/merit-based scholarships are granted to those with impressive academic records. If you have any special achievement which sets you apart from the rest, be sure to mention that. Apart from that, write about your high grades, SAT scores, as well as a bit about extra-curricular achievements.
- In the next paragraph, express your financial struggles which hinder your pursuance of education. This should also be elaborated as clearly, and with as much urgency as you can to hint to the reader why you absolutely must make the cut for the list of people decided to be financially assisted for educational programs.
- The last body paragraph should depict your seriousness and concentration on studies, as well as plans for the future. This can be written two ways.
If you are requesting for a scholarship before commencing your degree, express why you are willing to focus and work hard in your studies. Write how well aware you are of the college program and how you aim to make a difference with your studies.
If you are asking for a scholarship during your degree, express how you have benefitted from the institution in the past, and how you wish to continue doing so.
- In the end, write your salutation. You can pair it up with ‘Awaiting your response’. Also, remember to add your full name in the end.
- Review the cover letter for any grammatical errors, or any point you may have missed which can help in obtaining the scholarship. It always helps to get a second opinion, so you can have someone else read your letter too.
- Proofread, and send it.