When sending a resume yourself, it should always be accompanied by a cover letter. A cover letter should be composed and typed specifically for each job you apply for, including internships. It should complement, but not repeat the information contained in your resume. Effective cover letters convey a sense of purpose, project enthusiasm for the position or program, and demonstrate your knowledge of the employer or graduate program's requirements and needs.
Outline of a Typical Cover Letter
221 Popular Street
Omaha, NE 68178
March 17, 200X
Mr. John P. Johnson, Vice-President
555 Tamarack Drive
Omaha, NE 68134
Dear Mr. Johnson:
FIRST PARAGRAPH: In your initial paragraph, state the reason for the letter, the specific position or type of work for which you are applying and indicate how you learned of the opening, such as through a professional in the organization, Career Center, Internet posting, friend, or employment service.
SECOND PARAGRAPH: Indicate why you are interested in the position, the organization, and its products or services. Above all, what you can do for the employer. If you are a recent graduate, explain how your academic background makes you a qualified candidate for the position. If you had some practical work experience, point out the specific achievements or unique qualifications. Give two or three examples of your accomplishments or abilities to make your case stronger. Be specific and brief. Try not to repeat the same information the reader will find in the resume. Appeal to the employer's interest immediately.
FINAL PARAGRAPH: In the closing paragraph, indicate your desire for a personal interview and your flexibility as to the time and place. Repeat your phone number in the letter and offer any assistance to help in a speedy response. Finally, close the letter with a statement or question which will encourage a response. For example, state that you will be in the city where the company is located on a certain date and would like to set up an interview. State that you will call on a certain date to set up an interview or ask if the company will be recruiting in your area. Find out if additional information or references are required. Always thank the person in advance for their time and consideration.