Cover letter for accounting internship (5 samples)

This article will show samples of “cover letters for accounting internships.”

How to write a cover letter for an accounting internship

When writing a cover letter as an accountant intern here are some of the things to include in the letter:

  • Mention your fresh knowledge. Use your recent learning experiences to your advantage; an employer might be more willing to hire you if they know you can help their business acclimate to new technologies or practices.
  • Express your energy and enthusiasm. It shows the potential motivation you will bring to a job as a fresh college graduate.
  • Check your grammar and proofread your letter. It is a way of showing employers your ability to write comprehensive, error-free messages.
  • The first step is addressing the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the name of the recipient, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position.
  • Since you are a recent graduate, it would help to emphasize your college coursework, internships and other experiences that show your employability.
  • Ensure your qualifications are similar to the job position. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1:

“Dear Mrs. Johnson,

When I found your job posting for the position of Accounting Internship with ABC Company, I immediately knew this was the summer internship for me.

I am currently a Senior at Edgewater College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Throughout school, I have completed numerous projects revolving around accounts payable, accounts receivable, and month-end closings. Through these projects, I have gained in-depth experience with tools like Excel and Access.

Now that I am finishing my academic career, I am beyond excited to apply what I have learned to the real world. I am not only excited about this position because it aligns perfectly with my background, but I have also been a big fan of ABC Company for years.

I am eager to learn more about bank reconciliations, business tax returns, and cloud-based accounting software. I also love that the Accounting Internship would allow me to learn from several functional areas, including revenue accounting, tax compliance, and fixed assets.

I am motivated, a hard worker, and eager to learn. If given the opportunity to be an Accounting Intern, I assure you that I would work hard to make an impact on your team.

Please find my resume attached for you to review. I am looking forward to discussing this opportunity further!


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 2:

“Malik Rabb

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am excited to be applying for the Accounting Intern position at Crane & Jenkins for my capstone internship. As an accounting major, I’ve been looking forward to applying for an internship to experience accounting in the real world.

During my past four years at Coral Springs University, I have studied a wide range of subjects in-depth. I’ve studied subjects such as accounting information systems, auditing, cost accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, and marketing. I believe that I have the strong mathematical abilities and accounting knowledge that it takes to be successful.

As an Accounting Intern for Crane & Jenkins, I have a strong mathematics background to bring to the table. In elementary school, I went to math camp each summer. I received almost every award possible for high-achieving math students. I even went to a special class once a week with my math-oriented peers. In high school, I took advanced placement math, became a math club member, and was dual-enrolled at the local community college, taking basic accounting courses. During my senior year, my math club competed in the annual Mathletes Competition in New York City. As the team captain, I led my team to victory.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my application. I look forward to hearing more about Crane & Jenkins. I am excited to learn from experienced professionals in the accounting field and to discover what it’s like to be an accountant.


Malik Rabb”

Sample 3:

“Dear Ms. Dauntley,

As I approach my second year of my accounting major at UCLA, I am looking for the opportunity of an accounting internship within the financial services sector.

I have a special interest in accounting information systems, and with a minor in computer science, I am especially involved in software design. I understand that your interns are closely involved with the operational aspects of your business and feel that I would have much to offer. I designed an audit program that is being used by 40+ SMEs and hope to start a career that combines both accounting and programming.

I have a strong mathematical mind, finishing in the top 0.5 percent in state-wide college competitions and at the top of my class for the past two years. My critical thinking skills were also tested during a commercial finance internship at Holden last summer – I enclose a portfolio of work detailing my achievements. I know what it takes to add value as an intern and look forward to working with your team to ease their burden a little.

Lasswell interns are famous for going on to stellar careers and I am well aware that more than half of them go on to receive a permanent job offer. There is no other financial services firm that I would rather start my career with, and I feel that now is the time to prove my potential.

I look forward to the opportunity of an interview to discuss your expectations of your interns – I truly believe that I would be able to make a difference.


Nora Jarvis”

Sample 4:

“Derek R. Hill

320 Losh Lane

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Pittsburgh, 5/14/2021

Javier Hahn

Head of Accounting


1297 Michigan Avenue

Bridgeville, PA 15017

Dear Mr. Hahn,

When I heard my high school cafeteria had been planning to do an inventory, I was the first and only one to volunteer. Thanks to my attention to detail and diligence in reporting, I proved over 20 inconsistencies in the supply log. It led to designing a new reporting scheme that in the following months cut the income loss by 8%.

I have always been keen on numbers and mathematics. So much, I joined the Sudoku club at the NYU Stern School of Business right after the semester started. Taking part in the NYU Sudoku competition, I finished as a runner-up, which confirms my aptitude for analytical and logical thinking. I am also taking courses where I practice those skills daily. Among others, they are:

  • Accounting and Analysis in Practice
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Auditing

The cafeteria inventory was not the only chance I took to gain a hands-on experience in financial reporting. I assisted in organizing a fundraising event, collecting over $1000 for reinstalling damaged or missing street signs, thus making my neighborhood safer. It gave me an opportunity to make connections with local businesses, a local advisory office in particular. For a month, I would work-shadow there a non-profit accountant who taught individuals about filing income tax returns.

Landing an internship position under your supervision at Coconut would serve as a tremendous opportunity for further development in tax accounting. 

Could we get in contact this week to discuss how my skills would benefit the team’s growth?

Kind regards,

Derek Hill”

Sample 5:

“I am writing to apply for the Accounting Intern position that was recently posted. I am confident that I have the skills and qualifications that you are looking for, and I am eager to put my experience to work for your company.

I have been working in the accounting industry for the past three years, and during that time I have gained extensive experience in bookkeeping, preparing financial statements, and preparing tax returns. I am also familiar with the latest accounting software and tools. My organizational skills and attention to detail are among my strongest assets, and I am confident that I can handle the accounting needs of your company.

In addition to my experience and skills, I am also a hard-working and motivated individual. I am confident that I can exceed your expectations and contribute to the success of your company. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this position with you in further detail.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Your name”

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I write a cover letter for an accounting position?

  • Highlight your accounting skills. 
  • Use proper cover letter formatting. 
  • Use hard numbers to quantify your achievements.

Do I need a cover letter for an internship?

Yes. A cover letter allows you to add essential information you didn’t have space for in a resume, as well as explain (in words) how your experiences are tied to the role you’re applying for.

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