How To Write a Motivational Letter

Today our team at Internship Provider is going to give you some tips on how to write the best possible letter of motivation (also sometimes called a cover letter), when applying for an internship abroad. Such a letter is very important since it is literally the first impression a potential employer or supervisor would have of you. For that reason you should make sure that you get it right and that is what we are here to help you with today!

We will work with an example in English, since that would significantly improve your chances of finding an internship abroad and it can be applied to almost any country. You can download the file we have used here, as well as see the video explanation below. Which we would recommend you to watch!

Personal Details

On the top right corner of your letter you should mention relevant information, such as your name, phone number, e-mail and home address, as well as anything else you'd think is important to include.

Salutations

Next, the salutations: Do this properly! You should use the recipient's name, accompanied by a "Mr." or "Ms.", depending on their gender. When you don't know the name or are not certain about the person's gender, you should play it safe and write "Dear Sir/Madam". Even though making such a mistake might seem irrelevant, it could impact the way that the reader looks at you quite strongly. However, the extent of such a reaction depends on cultural factors, as well: a manager from the UK may respond very differently than a manager from Malta.

Introduction

Skip a line and start the letter with a brief introduction about yourself. Tell the reader who you are, what you do and what type of education you follow. State here also when you'd like your work placement to begin, how long it would have to be, as well as what type of internship you are looking for: a graduation internship, assignment or general internship .

Work Experience

You should use the second paragraph to illustrate your work experience. Mention if and where you might have already had an internship and what your responsibilities there were. You may also want to include your part-time jobs and/or relevant school assignments. Something additional that could be mentioned here is what the work experience has taught you.

Final paragraph

You should use the last paragraph to really motivate your reader! Explain why you'd like to work for this company or in this particular country: if you are going to Australia, for example, you might want to do a bit of research and mention an interesting fact that you appreciate about it. In a general, a cover letter should be kept neutral. Also mention what you can do for the company (basically, why they should choose you), which skills you bring, as well as the types of assignments and tasks you would like/have to perform.

Closure

Close with a sentence stating that you are excited about the idea of doing an internship in this company and that you are open to an interview. Additionally, "I would love to hear from you" or "I look forward to hearing from you" always helps!

Finally, you should end with a "Kind regards", followed by your full name.

Please make sure that you would have a friend or relative who could go over your letter of motivation and correct any possible mistakes. Once that has been done, you will be ready to send it!
 

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