Cover Letter Sample: Undergraduate student seeking an internship 
Robin A. Sheffler
317 Anderson Hall
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8101
March 9, 2009
Ms. Christy Mumford
Editorial Director
Freedom Forum
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Dear Ms. Mumford:
As a student in American University’s School of Communication and its Department of Literature, I am
focusing on writing and the media. After seeing your Editorial Internship posted in AU CareerWeb, I am eager
to apply the research and writing skills I have gained to benefit your organization. I am especially interested in
working with your
nonpartisan foundation because it is dedicated to free press and free speech.
Through coursework in both communication and literature, I have developed skills in written, oral, and
multimedia expression—all critical to working in journalism. As the chief editor of American Literary, the bi-
annual 50 – 75 page AU student literary magazine and as a School of Communication teaching assistant
evaluating students’ written work, I have strengthened my editorial skills. Through the course, Writing for Mass
Communication, I strengthened my knowledge of basic techniques of news writing. In addition, my varied work
experiences, ranging from program coordination to waiting tables, have helped me become proficient in dealing
with the public and working under pressure.
Enclosed are my resume and writing samples for your review. I am available to start work the week of May 15.
I will contact you the week of March 18 to follow up on my application. In the meantime, if you have any
questions or need additional information, please contact me at 202-555-5555 or by e-mail at
Robin A. Sheffler


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