As a potential intern, you are basically going to be working at a company for a short period of time. You will essentially be an employee, except that you will not be earning an income in most circumstances. Your goal should be to grow as a professional and start to exemplify the skills that would make you a good asset to a company. So what better way to show that you have arrived by treating it like your real career?
Writing an effective introduction is one trick that you will take to succeed. And more importantly, many of your competitors will not do this so it gives you an immediate edge.
Unless you have a storied career working in a great job while attending school, you are in the same boat as all the other students. Unfortunately, besides your academic accolades, you probably do not have the experience on your resume to separate yourself from the other candidates.
Most students have odds and ends jobs such as lifeguards, retail associates, or restaurant work which will not translate well into a professional environment.
Adding a well-written letter is your chance to step up and separate yourself from everybody else and exemplify your adequacies, as well as show off your writing acumen!
Yes, you grade point average may be important, but it cannot tell the company how effective you will be as an intern or an eventual employee. On the contrary, a cover letter that is written with your passion exemplified and your drive to succeed will show the hiring manager that you are a true professional.
Now imagine you are at a large company that is taking on numerous interns for the summer months. You receive over a hundred applications and resumes for about 10 positions. And of those 100 submissions, about 5 have cover letters. Which applicants would you put at the top of the pile?
Of course, the cover letter cannot be thrown together without adequate content and formatting, so that is going to be important too. We will cover that in another article. But if you take the time to construct a professional looking cover letter, in addition to your well written resume, you are almost certain to shine!