Summer internship programs are in big demand in the west and in the US as this is the time when college students can pick up valuable skills and experience. Looking for internship programs is not that easy as there are many out there, and you need to find the one of interest. Even if you have found one, you need to be selected from a large number of applicants. So how can you ensure that you can get selected for a suitable summer internship program?
One of the most important things which will play a primary role in your selection is the application essay. It is through the application essay that the admission office gets an idea of the candidate who is applying for the summer internship and whether they possess the abilities required to go through it.
The application letter is THE vital component of your application submission process. If you do not write the application letter properly, you would lose out on a golden opportunity as people would not look beyond your application letter. A poorly written and organised letter may convey little of your meritorious qualities.
Hence, the first thing to do is to determine how you are going to organise the essay. This means that you have to make an outline of your letter and decide what kind of information you are going to put into it and how you are going to present it. The letter has three parts: the first part is the introduction; the second part is where you introduce yourself to the lecturer or professor you are applying and you mention the objective of your application. The last part is where you summarise whatever you have mentioned previously, into a strong statement emphasising why you should be selected for the internship.
The introduction section of the letter requires you to introduce yourself. This would mean including information such as what course you are studying in , what college and which year or semester of study. These particulars are required to convince that you are a genuine student. In the next paragraph, you can mention the objective of writing this letter. You will have to mention that you are writing the letter as you are interested in applying for the particular internship program offered in the department, whose head you are applying. This has to be mentioned along with a brief statement of why you consider yourself suitable for the post of intern in the department.
Following this, you need to go into details about why you are interested in this internship program. You have to describe your talents and abilities and showcase why you have got what it takes to do justice to the internship program. For example if you are applying for an internship in a journalism school, you can attach examples of writing which has won mentions or appreciations to demonstrate your knack for writing creatively. If you are applying for an internship in robotics field, you can cite examples where you worked on your own or alongside others to produce interesting robotic exhibits in schools or competitions. Prizes and awards won would certainly make your application more impactful and raise the stakes in the application process. This may convince the lecturers that granting you an internship would be beneficial both for them and for you. You can additionally support your application by providing other experiences such as volunteering experience , event management experience as well as other activities, relevant to your application.
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