College students seeking internships should write cover letters that focus on how your education prepares you to contribute to a workplace. If you have any work history, including part-time or work-study jobs, you may already have experience writing a resume and cover letter. You should still prepare a unique cover letter that strikes a balance between expressing interest and explaining what you bring to the table for each position. A cover letter
is your chance to explain why you think you could be a good fit for an internship and identify what you are seeking in terms of professional experience. Give employers a sense of your goals, outlook, and personality that they cannot get from skimming your resume. Your cover letter does not need to cover all of the background information on your resume, but you should emphasize skills and experience relevant to the internship. The tone of a cover letter should be formal but not antiquated. Avoid addressing your letter "To Whom It May Concern." Instead, use the salutation "Dear" followed by the name of the contact or a position such as "Hiring Manager" or "Recruiter." Conclude your letter with "Sincerely" or another formal sign-off and your name. You may also provide your phone number and email address.