How to write a Motivational Letter for an internship – A short guide with free templates

Internship cover letter

Very often an internship is your option to learn about a profession and kick-start a successful career. It can be of enourmous value to add practical experience to the theoretical knowledge you already gained during your bachelor or masters program. However, to get an internship you need to get your CV in front of recruiters and the best way to do that is with a cracking internship motivational letter.


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To nail your motivational letter, you need to follow six simple steps.

  1. Include the basics
  2. Write about what makes you unique (people hire people)
  3. Give concrete examples of what you have done and why it is relevant for the job.
  4. Be prepared – Know the basics about the company
  5. Make sure you explain why you've applied for the role
  6. Be interesting.


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But enough of the theory. Here are two examples for your internship motivational letter:

Cover letter for an internship


Template 1: Motivational Letter for an Internship in finance


Dear Sir/Madam,


As a skilled student currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Accounting at [university name], I read your posting for an Investment Banking Internship with interest. My background aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking at [company name], in particular with the experience I could gain in my previous internship at [previous company name], where I could learn [example 1] and [example 2].


With my educational background and previous internship experience, I am adept in analysing and preparing complex analysis, presentations, financial models [give examples of which models you know]. Moreover, while my career history has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate analytical and time management skills, I excel at:

  • Seeking ways to improve work flow and maximize efficiency
  • Assisting with preparation of pitch decks
  • Determining financial trends and finding variances
  • Utilizing data to forecast future trends


In addition to my education and solid career track record, I have a strong passion for corporate accounting. I am president of the universities accounting club and have [example of what you have done]. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to your continued growth and success.


Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise. I look forward to hear back from you.


Thank you for your time and consideration.



Kathy Jones



Motivation Letter for Internship 1


Template 2: Motivational Letter for an Internship at a media company

Dear Sir/Madam,


I have recently completed my second year at [university name], pursuing a BSc in [Subject]. I am writing to apply for the internship offered at [company name] this summer, which I saw advertised on [source]. Please find enclosed my CV as requested.


I am particularly drawn to the internship because it provides experience in three key areas in which I am interested.


First, I am eager to develop my skills in media. This year I hosted a weekly radio show that [interesting fact] and I was an active contributor to the student newspaper, The Reporter.


I would welcome the opportunity to work with the [company name] and learn more about online journalism. Second, I am interested in gaining a better understanding of [thing you would like to learn] because I believe it depends on highly polished communications skills. As you can see from my CV, I have worked on [thing you would like to learn] at [previous internship].

I hope to build my future career in the media sector and any chance to sharpen my abilities or knowledge of this industry would be extremely helpful.


Third, though I have considerable experience in [field you something about] that I gain through my [example], I am interested in gaining further experience of the public relations aspect.


I am also enthusiastic about the post because of my long-standing interest in [field you would like to learn]. Since high school, I have been following the media around [topic].


[company name] attracts me because it works to understand and tackle these complicated problems by publishing a wide and varied media covering all aspects of [relevant topic]. I am eager to contribute to [company name] in the work of promoting and expanding its network, advocating the benefits of high quality youth work and, most importantly, in working to help create high quality content. Your organisation has a long history and is a leader in its field, and the opportunity to work with such a respected company would be invaluable to me.


I am enthusiastic about supporting the work of [company name] and gaining the experience that this internship provides in [field that you want to learn].


Thank you for taking the time to read my application. I am available for interview at any time and look forward to hearing from you soon.


Yours sincerely,

Tom Davis


Don’t forget to check out our guides for motivational letters for graduate school and cover letters for your first job.



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