How to write a cover letter for a summer engineering internship

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How to write a cover letter for a summer engineering internship
A cover letter can be an important part of landing an internship. (write and work 83 image by chrisharvey from

Cover letters are an essential part of the application process for any job or internship. Along with your resume and work samples, a cover letter is mailed to a potential employer as a statement of your intent and a description of what you are applying for. Cover letters generally follow a basic formula and there is a range of information that is essential. These letters must look professional and follow the tone of your resume and reflect your strengths as a potential engineering intern. Specific engineering internships are common at auto manufacturers, water and sanitation systems, mechanical corporations and industrial plants and factories.

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  1. 1

    Address your letter at the top of the page with your name, address and city and state. Follow this with the date and the name, title, organisation and address of the person you are applying to.

  2. 2

    Start your letter with "Dear Mr./Mrs. Last Name."

  3. 3

    Format the entire letter justified on the left side of the page, without indenting paragraphs, and leave an extra space between each section and each paragraph of the message.

  4. 4

    Open the first paragraph with an introduction, why you are writing this cover letter, what engineering position you are applying for and basic information that relates to your engineering background. Mention any engineering projects that you have worked on and what you hope to accomplish in the field.

  5. 5

    Write the second paragraph with the following information: why you are interested in the engineering opportunities at the location you are applying to; your knowledge of the position and the employer in regard to the field; your specific qualifications for the position, including engineering classes, experience in the field and past jobs or internships; a reference to and explanation of your resume if necessary. Mention why you are best suited for the type of engineering position you are seeking. If you are applying as an auto engineer, mention past experience with car parts and designs. For mechanical or electrical engineering, mention any past experiences with the different technologies involved.

  6. 6

    Write the third and final paragraph with the following included. Explain that you would like an opportunity for an interview, offer to schedule a visit, state that you would be glad to submit any additional information, thank the employer for his time and list all of the ways to contact you.

  7. 7

    End the letter with "Sincerely" and type and sign your name.

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