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Sample cover letter for Internship position at ADVICE

POSITION:

Cover Letter Description

PURPOSE

The purpose of your cover letter, in combination with your resume, is to persuade an employer to interview

you. The letter should not merely be a recitation of your prior experiences. Rather, your cover letter should

highlight two or three particular experiences or skills, and relate those experiences or skills to the work of the employer

or to the job description. Your cover letter is your opportunity to tell a potential employer why you would be a

good fit for his or her organization.

RESEARCH

Before you begin writing your cover letter, educate yourself about the employer through simple internet

research. Do a search on Google, Martindale.com, PSJD.org, LinkedIn.com, and the employer’s own site to

learn the following:

  • Where is the employer located?
  • How many lawyers work there?
  • What are the various practice areas?
  • What, if anything, seems to be the focus of the practice?
  • What, if any, is the employer’s philosophy or outlook?
  • Do they have NYLS alumni on staff?
  • What are some of the employer’s current or past projects or cases that you may want to reference in
  • your letter?

    MECHANICS

    Your cover letter is one of the very few documents on which an employer will base the decision of whether

    or not to interview you. After you write your letter, you should read it out loud to yourself, and have your

    career counselor read it. There is no worse feeling than pressing “Send” to your dream job and realizing

    that you spelled the employer’s name wrong.

    There is no absolute standard format for a cover letter, but you must be consistent. That is, you may use

    block paragraph form or indent the first line of your paragraphs; just make sure that every paragraph is in

    the same form. You should use the same margins, font size and font type as your resume; we recommend

    Times New Roman, Garamond, or Perpetua.

    Your address – Your name, address, email address, and phone numbershould be at the top of the page.

    This header should be center-justified, and be identical to the one on your resume; this creates the look of

    professional letterhead.

    Date - The date that you send the letter should be below your address. This should be left- or rightjustified.

    Recipient –Address each letter to a specific person. If a name is not listed on the job posting, conduct

    online research to find the name of the hiring partner, supervising attorney, or human resources contact.



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