Sample Cover Letter For University Students

You're a student or new graduate who's looking for a job. In addition to putting together a resume, you'll need to write a good cover letter to help convince a recruiter or hiring manager to open and read your resume. To give you some ideas for what to say and how to say it, here are some cover letter examples by other students and new grads.

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Cover Letter to High School Counselor Internship
Here's a cover letter sample written by Anne, a college student who is applying for a school counselor internship to fulfill one of the requirements for her Master's degree program. It is her hope that this internship will lead to a full-time position somewhere in the school district after she graduates.

Cover Letter for a Dental Student
Linda is a first-year dental student who is looking for a job as a dental hygienist at a dental clinic. Her cover letter is brief and to the point since the basics of her dental schooling are well known to the Human Resources Director who will be reading her resume and cover letter.

Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.

Cover Letter for Junior Sales Associate
Here's a very short cover letter that wins your heart. Why? Because this student has a child-like approach to getting a job: He loves skating and he wants a job selling skates. Andrew's resume does all the heavy lifting, with details about his after-school jobs and his skating achievements.

Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Job
I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.

Cover Letter Example for a Human Resources Job
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.

Cover Letter for a Summer Job in Packaging
This cover letter example is for a college student, Sandra. She's looking for a summer job in the packaging department of the well known Morton Salt company. Because she doesn't have a contact at Morton Salt, she sent her resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources Department.

Cover Letter for Summer Job
Yes, this cover letter is short, but it contains a lot of information — all the info an employer requires to want to interview this college student for a summer job.


Address & Contact Information

(Your personal letterhead from your resume)


Contact’s Name
Contact’s Title
Organization Name
Street Address
City, Province, Postal Code

Salutation i.e. Dear Mr./Ms. (Last Name only):

First Paragraph: (2 -4 sentences)

  • Indicate why you are writing.
  • Tell how you heard about the position/employer and why you are interested in it.
  • Mention the position to which you are applying.
  • Insert a brief sentence that gives your degree, major, university, and graduation date.
  • If you have a contact, mention that person here.
  • A brief statement about why you would fit the position.

Middle Section: (can be 1 or 2 paragraphs)

  • Demonstrate that you have done some research about this organization.
  • Describe what you have to offer to the employer. Focus on what you can do for them rather than why you want the position.
  • Connect their needs and your skills and/or experiences. Highlight your most significant accomplishments, abilities, and experiences that are specifically relevant to the employer and job requirements.  This is the section that will make the reader want to learn more, leading them to your resume.
  • Use this section to portray confidence in your ability to succeed in the position.

Final Paragraph

  • Thank the employer for considering your application.
  • If you need to explain anything out of the ordinary on your resume, this is the place to do it.
  • Express your desire to meet at an interview in the near future.
  • Make it clear what happens next - How will you will follow-up?

Complementary Close (i.e. Sincerely)

Your Signature (if mailing a copy) - leave 4 blank lines for this

Your Name (typed)


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