Chemical engineers design the processes and equipment needed to manufacture chemical compounds. Some chemical engineering degree programs require an internship that allows the aspiring engineer to gain hands-on experience. The application process for the internship can involve writing a cover letter and submitting a resume. Competition means you need a cover letter that shines, especially if you want to intern for large, prominent companies.
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Research the Company
Chemical engineering is a discipline involving research and experimentation. Know as much as possible about the research conducted by the company with which you are seeking an internship. Learn its major products and innovations so that when you write your cover letter, you can allude to this research and the company's place in the market.
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As an aspiring intern you only have limited experience and education. You can, however, use your education to your advantage by highlighting your major academic achievements, including your grade point average and any other academic accolades. Don't chronicle each and every achievement if the list is long. Instead, focus on those immediately relevant to the chemical engineering internship.
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Your resume or curriculum vitae is central to your application for an internship. The cover letter is, in many ways, nothing short of an advertisement for your resume. Highlighting your achievements gives the reader a sneak peek or preview of your resume, but your ultimate goal should be to get the reader to focus on the resume and your chemical engineering coursework. Allude to your resume once in each paragraph of your letter, but do so subtly to create an urge or desire in the reader to flip over to your resume and read it.
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Aside from getting the company's representative to look more closely at your resume, your other major goal should be to get an interview. The final paragraph of your letter should set this up. Provide all of your contact information and a time which you can be contacted. Assume that you will get the interview. Let the reader know that you look forward to meeting with him and discussing your ideas and research. This will provide the company with a reason to contact you. Having ideas and research designs that you can share with the interviewer may set you apart from other candidates because of what you can bring to the company as an intern.