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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Houlihan Lokey


Summer Analyst

Dear Hiring Representative,

My name is X and am in my third of study as a student at the University of Virginia and my first at the McIntire School of Commerce. As an ambitious undergraduate who is commercially driven, I have always been drawn towards Financial Services, specifically M&A advisory work - it provides a fascinating window into the economic, political and commercial world that we are all a part of. The M&A advisory sector allows one to be at the forefront of transactions and get involved in the decisions that shape this world, as well as affording the opportunity to meet some of the brightest minds across several major industries.

Houlihan Lokey attracts me in particular for its unique philosophy and focus. Unlike many of its larger more diversified competitors, Houlihan Lokey focuses purely on objective advice, without any conflicts of interest, by not partaking in investing, lending or underwriting activities. Houlihan Lokey can be relied upon by its clients for trusted advice on their most important strategic issues. In addition, Houlihan Lokey is a smaller firm relative to other investment banks. I view this as a positive opportunity to take on greater responsibility at an earlier stage, and be more closely involved with the senior-level professionals within the firm. Indeed, despite its smaller size, Houlihan Lokey continues to grow, with exceptional cross-border expertise and global relationships, which only serves to strengthen my desire for this opportunity.

Last summer I completed a summer internship at Stillwater Insurance Group, a start-up. I had an immediate impact on the team and senior management. Through this experience, I hope to have a similar impact at Houlihan Lokey, and would welcome the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications with you and learn more about the firm. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Yours faithfully,


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