Cover Letters

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Cover letters are your pitch to a company telling them why you’re amazing and why they need to hire you instantly. Again, no pressure. As noted on the resume page, feel free to follow our example. For further assistance, contact internship coordinator Barb Benish or UW Oshkosh Career Services.


Your address
The date

Jane Doe (Name of employer.)
Professor, Department of Journalism (His/Her title and what department he/she works in.)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Place of work.)
124 Clow Social Science Center (Address for work.)
805 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Dear Ms. Doe,

In response to your recent advertisement on Titan Jobs (Name where you found the job opening.), I would like to apply for the position of social media intern (Title of the position you’re applying for.). I am very interested in all aspects of journalism, as well as social media. I feel that this opportunity will let me utilize all of my interests and that my enthusiasm will show in my work. (Why are you applying for the job and what interests you about it?)

(List your qualifications. Why are you qualified for this job?) My qualifications are based upon a my college education and my past experience. While working to complete my major in Journalism the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, I took a variety of relevant courses such as Writing for the Media, Editing, and Reporting. (List classes you completed that relate to the position.) These courses gave me the knowledge to … Become a writer? Expert photographer? Skilled PR professional? I also learned how use to many multimedia tools, such as … iMovie? Photoshop? InDesign? (List skills you have learned.)

My resume is included in the e-mail I sent you. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Your name

Enclosure (“Enclosure” reminds them that you attached your resume.)


Voila! Now you can write a cover letter. Make it honest and make it passionate. You are selling yourself to an employer and need to explain why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Now is not the time to be humble. Just watch your spelling, have a friend look it over, and ask a professor/professional to check it.