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How to write a personal statement for an internship

Updated April 17, 2017

Applying for an internship often requires writing a personal statement piece. This is roughly one page of writing designed to highlight why you would be a good fit for the internship. It includes your previous experience, strengths, and goals for the future. You should create a well-crafted piece that grabs the reader's attention with your writing skills and qualifications. Then, all you have to do is hope you land the internship.

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  1. Gather the appropriate documents such as transcripts, certificates, and resumes for easy access. You may need to refer to these while writing about your qualifications for the internship.

  2. Write your introduction paragraph with creativity. Grab your reader's attention with a standout phrase or personal experience. Relate your writing to the position you seek. Include the name of the company/program, and the position you wish to receive.

  3. Write two to three supporting paragraphs. Include answers to any questions posed by the company or its application. Focus on your strengths, relevant experiences, and goals. Use this section to show employers that you are highly qualified.

  4. Write your concluding paragraph by restating why you wish to get the position, and why you are the best possible candidate.

  5. Edit your personal statement writing and have someone else proofread it as well. Someone may find errors that you overlooked.

  6. Tip

    Writing in first person is acceptable for this type of document.

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Things You'll Need

  • Documents
  • Computer

About the Author

Sarah Mollman

Sarah Mollman began writing for "The Northern Iowan" newspaper in 2005. She was awarded scholarships from the Department of English at the University of Northern Iowa for Outstanding Short Story and Outstanding Personal Essay in 2008. Mollman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa.

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