Unsolicited Cover Letter Internship

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Pamela Jung
451 Highland Ave. #45 | Sometown, TX 75000 | (555) 555-5555


Jan. 5, 2017

Mr. James Crowley
Finance Manager
Acme Inc.
555 W. Applegarth Blvd.
Anytown, TX 75000

Dear Mr. Crowley:

Two of your former interns, Brian Hodges and Martha Smith, suggested I contact you regarding finance internship opportunities. They are familiar with my background and felt I would be an excellent match for your summer internship program.

Currently a junior majoring in finance at UNT, I have demonstrated strong academic performance in all finance courses, maintaining a 3.5 GPA in my major. The courses I have completed have given me a solid foundation in the tools, processes and methodologies involved in the successful analysis and management of portfolio-investment strategies. I have a proven ability to learn challenging concepts quickly and have developed competencies in diverse areas, including:



  • Industry research/information sourcing
  • Comparative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Pro forma analysis
  • Cash-flow analysis
  • Financial modeling and asset valuation
  • Portfolio and asset management
  • Insurance plans and mutual funds
  • Retirement and estate planning
  • Tax planning and investment strategies

In addition to my analytical strengths, I bring to the table advanced computer skills (with cross-platform exerptise in Windows and Mac); expertise in the MS Office suite of products; and familiarity with programming languages including SQL, HTML and VB.

Since starting college, I have worked part-time (summers/holidays/evenings) as a clerk at Wal-Mart. In this position, I have earned a reputation for consistently exceeding company and customer expectations. Wal-Mart's store manager has asked me to return this summer, but I yearn to gain corporate finance experience. I am impressed by Acme's innovation and success, and I would very much like to be part of such a winning company.

The enclosed resume provides more details of my skills and achievement track record. If you agree that I would make a valuable addition to your team, please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email me at pamela@somedomain.com. I know you are busy, so thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you.


Pamela Jung

Enclosure: Resume



Sample: Unsolicited Cover Letter
Michael Sikes, MSW, LCSW, C-SWHC5645 June Road
Chicago, IL 50220
March 7, 2009

Henry Adams, PhD, ACSW
Social Work Director
Brace Connections Hospital
2913 Plass Court
Dallas, Texas 66584

Dear Mr. Adams:

My name is Michael Sikes, and this May, I will complete my DSW degree. At this time, I plan to move to Dallas and am seeking an opportunity to use my medical social work experience in pediatric health care. Please consider me for any relevant positions you may have in your department.

My recent experience includes medical social work at Children’s Hospital in Chicago. As an intern, I worked on the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and handled backup services for all other units in the hospital. I thrived on the fast-paced team environment of a hospital and witnessed firsthand the complex ethical and managed care issues facing social workers today. At the hospital’s day treatment program, I provided therapy for at-risk youth and their families. Prior to this experience in Chicago, I worked for the Women’s Shelter in Dallas, coordinating an effective volunteer service and children’s program.

Brace Connections Hospital has an excellent reputation and is my first choice in work settings. I have heard that your social work department is well integrated with all services in the hospital and that your staff is respected for its advocacy and work on behalf of patients.

Would it be possible to meet briefly with you during my visit to Dallas the week of April 6? I will contact you soon to schedule an appointment; if you prefer to contact me, my phone number is 623-779-6998 and my email address is msikes@gmail.com.

I am attaching my résumé for your review. Thank you for your consideration.


Michael Sikes, MSW, LCSW, C-SWHC

Copyrighted material reprinted with permission from the NASW Press.

The Social Work Career Development: A Handbook for Job Hunting and Career Planning book is available through the NASW Press.

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