How to write an internship proposal

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How to write an internship proposal
Designing your own internship means finding the perfect job for you. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Internships are a helpful, and oftentimes vital, way for employees in nearly all fields to get a start in their career. If you are still working on your degree and desire an internship but none are available for which you qualify, you can propose an internship to your university or a local company. The professional way to contact administration or employers with your idea is by writing an internship proposal letter that provides an overview of your idea.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Create a header at the top of your letter that includes your name, the university or school that you are attending, the institution's address and your phone number. Double space and type the current date.

  2. 2

    Type the inside address, which should include the recipient's name, title, company or university and address. Do the research necessary to find out who exactly will be considering your internship request to show respect to your future employer.

  3. 3

    Open with a formal salutation that addresses the recipient, such as "Dear Mr. Wade." Write an introductory paragraph that explains who you are, at what level you are at in your education and what you are majoring in. Explain how your interests and area of specialisation have led you to contacting the recipient to see if your skills can help benefit his organisation.

  4. 4

    Write the body of the letter and highlight three to five of what you feel are your strongest selling points as an internship candidate. Rather than simply listing the obvious, such as your major, consider what the organisation might find helpful. While this may require a bit of extra research on your part, customising your letter to show that you have thought out how an intern would benefit the organisation will increase your chances of winning the position. For clarity, consider using your word processor's bullet-point feature to list those skills and accomplishments.

  5. 5

    Write the concluding paragraph and inform the recipient of how you will next be in touch with him in order to further discuss internship possibilities. Thank the recipient for his time and for considering your proposal, and end with a formal closing salutation, such as "Sincerely." Double space twice and type your name, and then add your signature above your name.

Tips and warnings

  • Before writing your proposal letter, the University of Missouri recommends writing down your own learning objectives as well as the company's goals and then trying to make connections to see how you will be an asset as an intern.

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