The purpose of the cover letter is to introduce yourself to the employer in a way that makes a positive first impression.
The cover letter is connected to your resume, but it should not duplicate exactly what is already on your resume. A good cover letter can inspire the employer to look more carefully at your resume. As with resumes, cover letters need to be well-written, error-free and tailored to each position to which you are applying. It is not advisable to write a “general” cover letter to be used for every application.
Before you begin writing a cover letter, you should review the job/internship posting and identify how your skills and experiences line up with those listed in the position.
A cover letter should make it clear to the employer why you are interested in the position and what value you can bring to the organization. Take a look at the cover letter samples and review the writing your cover letter handout for an outline of what to include in a cover letter.
As with your resume, bring a draft of your cover letter to the Career Center for review before you send it to prospective employers.