How to draft cover letter when applying for internship?

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Following are the basic rules that should be followed to draft an effective cover letter while applying for internships.

  • Limit the cover letter to one page if possible, unless applying to academic faculty, teaching or research positions.
  • Use the same font and formatting in the cover letter as you use in your resume.
  • Use the same header in both a cover letter and resume.
  • If providing a printed copy, use the same type of paper for both your cover letter and resume.
  • Many tech companies prefer the cover letter not be attached but uploaded as text in an email with the resume attached.
  • Use formal, professional language in a cover letter.
  • Use sensible use of Serif and Sans-serif fonts. Use the one that soothes more to the eyes.
  • Personalize each cover letter to the specific position you are applying to.
  • Address your cover letter to a specific person or the hiring manager whenever possible. Do not address as a committee or a group yourself.
  • Do not forget to apply spellcheck and grammar correction.
  • Have multiple people review your application materials.
  • Unless told explicitly not to, you should always include a cover letter in your application.
  • Don’t use text abbreviations or emoticons if you are using email.
  • Don’t be too wordy and verbose. Try to keep it brief and objective.
  • Don’t submit a generic “one size fits all” cover letter; tailor your cover letter to fit each position. Thus, none of your cover letters will be the same, though a lot of content will be similar in each.
  • Don’t repeat or summarize your resume in your cover letter. Instead, focus the cover letter on your enthusiasm for the job, excitement about working with that organization, to highlight unique skills that make you qualified for the position and a good fit for the employer.
  • Don’t overuse adjectives or superlatives, especially subjective ones (e.g. “You are the best company in the world” or “I am the most hardworking student intern you will ever meet.”).
  • Quantify when possible. “I’ve helped organize three club events, including two successful initiatives attended by 25 people” is a better descriptor then “I’ve helped organize several club events, including a couple successful initiatives attended by many people.”
  • Don’t exaggerate your skills or experience.
  • Don’t use UC Davis letterhead, logo, or UC seal in your cover letter.

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