Nov 28, 2018 - 10:45 AM
"What goes in an engineering internship cover letter is fundamentally the same as what would go into a cover letter for a full time entry-level engineering job. Engineering interns are essentially entry-level employees, hired temporarily to assist an engineering team perform their duties. In the cover letter, highlight the skills you have accumulated, and discuss how they apply to the internship opportunity.
You don’t yet have a lot of experience, and it’s not expected that you should. You don’t need to inflate your background or accomplishments out of fear of appearing unqualified for the internship. Focus instead on collecting all relevant information from your background, and connecting that information to the specific duties of the internship opportunity. For most applicants, that will include education, advanced coursework, practical experience, co-op programs, apprenticeships, and perhaps hands-on work you have done on your own.
Be sure to discuss your reasons for applying for the internship, and how that specific opportunity relates to your reasons. You may want to mention your own career goals or areas that you are exploring. Many managers of interns genuinely enjoy helping young engineers along the way, and might be more inclined to hire those whom they feel they can offer something especially relevant and worthwhile."
Aug 22, 2018 - 03:16 AM
Look over the internship posting to understand what the hiring manager wants to see. Go over the education, qualifications, and personal traits you have that make you right for the job.
Emphasize your education. Briefly state where you are in your education and the school you attend. You can even discuss relevant courses to show you have the skills and knowledge needed to jump into the internship program. Some employers may want to learn about your GPA too.
Explain why you want the internship. Try to make your statement company specific. Do some research to figure out why you would like to work for the company. This can help make your interest seem genuine.
Talk about your relevant extracurricular activities. If a club you're in has helped you build an important skill, you can discuss it to emphasize your ability to perform certain tasks.