Cover letter for an engineering internship (5 samples)

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

How to write a cover letter for an engineering internship

When writing a cover letter as an 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: “Cover letter for an engineering internship”

“Dear Ms. Herrera:

I am sending you the enclosed resume in response to learning of your search for an Engineering Intern. With my avid interest and ongoing education in civil engineering, as well as my skills in team collaboration and project support, I feel confident that I would significantly benefit your organization in this capacity.

My hands-on practicum experience coupled with the growing knowledge base I am amassing during my education at Wyoming State University prepares me to make a solid contribution in an internship position. With a solid foundation in the basics of civil engineering—including urban and regional studies and strategic planning—I am more than prepared to put my knowledge and abilities to work for you, while also gaining immeasurable experience and transferable skills to enable me to advance in my career pursuits. Furthermore, my organizational, communication, and leadership abilities position me ready to thrive in this challenging field.

Highlights of my background include…

Preparing to achieve a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Wyoming State University, performing in-depth research, designing engineering project plans and strategies, writing detailed reports, and delivering formal presentations—all while demonstrating a consistently superior academic record.

Completing an internship with the City of Jackson Hole, studying, dismantling, and ultimately working to improve KVA diesel generators within city buildings.

Observing and analyzing staff throughout my internship to learn more about the time and motion requirements of job responsibilities.

Participating in team-oriented projects and leading peers to project success while also excelling within more independent roles.

Demonstrating a keen willingness to learn, an adaptable and flexible work ethic, the ability to accurately follow instructions, and a sharp technical aptitude.

With my previous excellent academic-based and internship experience, coupled with my enthusiasm and dedication to achieving success, I believe I could swiftly exceed your expectations as your next Engineering Intern. I look forward to discussing this opportunity in detail. Thank you for your consideration.


Kenneth W. Mullins”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for an engineering internship”

“Malik Rabb

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am excited to be applying for Crane & Jenkins’ Engineering Intern position. I am a third-year engineering student at Green Valley State University. My degree emphasis is in Civil Engineering, and I have completed 75% of my major’s requirements, including the required classes as outlined in your job description. What has motivated me to apply to this position is your firm’s participation in several key infrastructure projects near my home and the ability for this position to be a part of that work.

Last summer, I worked as an Engineering Intern for TradeLot, a large retail enterprise with locations across the United States. I worked directly with their small engineering team to develop structural and property plans for several of their franchises, and several of my designs were approved for their final planning stage. Although your job description prefers someone with an interest in both structural and property engineering, I have experience in both and am eager to continue in these lines of engineering work.

My academic accomplishments also exceed your requirements. I currently have a 3.9/4.0 GPA in all coursework and a 3.9/4.0 in my major. Earlier this year, my school’s engineering department recognized me as the top junior engineering student, which is also a reflection on my leadership, project, and teamwork skills. These traits will transfer to your internship position and make a noticeable contribution to Crane & Jenkins.

Thank you for reviewing my background in consideration for your internship opportunity. I would be encouraged to have the opportunity to meet with you to discuss more details of my coursework, prior internship, and other experiences relative to your position and company.


Malik Rabb”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for an engineering internship”

“Ms. Sharon George

Head of Human Resources

Raytaler Inc.

4316 Frederick Street

Irving, TX 75038

Dear Sharon,

I am excited about the internship opening at Raytler Inc. I’m a third-year civil engineering student at Crescent Valley College, but ever since high school I’ve entered any science or engineering fair I could lay my hands on and won several prizes in transportation development project ideas. Raytler is the logical next step for me.

I could give you a list of all the college courses I’ve finished, but why tell you something you already know. Instead, let me say that beyond what college has offered me, I’m also remotely pursuing a degree at North Carolina University in Occupational Safety. For me, the core of civil engineering isn’t only the planning on screen, but the teamwork out on site that actually helps create things that make all our lives easier and safer. The fact that engineering is an area that is continually developing and that requires constant skill and knowledge revision is perfect for my naturally curious and analytical brain.

When my professor, Dr. Paul Greeves, mentioned this internship opportunity, I jumped at the chance. Raytler Inc. is one of the leaders in civil engineering centered around transportation and, as Dr. Greeves put it, would be “an excellent opportunity to develop my natural problem-solving nature and passion for engineering.”

Could we schedule a call next week to discuss how I could assist the Transportation Project Manager using my excellent knowledge of AutoCAD?


Van Wilson


Sample 4: “Cover letter for an engineering internship”

“Dear [hiring manager’s title and last name, or their first name],

I found your advertisement for the [Engineering Internship] and am very interested in the position. My experience in [engineering] and ability to [#1 skill] and [#2 skill] make me the perfect candidate for the job. I know my skillset and industry knowledge will be invaluable to [name of the company/organization].

I am most impressed by [mention notable milestones or characteristics you appreciate about the company/institution] and have some great ideas of my own to contribute. When I worked on [mention a successful project/initiative you were involved in], we managed to [describe the result(s) of the project]. I believe your [talk about a project or company initiative you are especially interested in] will make waves in the industry and I’d feel privileged to be a part of such an innovative team.

During my studies at [name tertiary institution], I achieved [describe accomplishment(s) and strengthen it with a statistic, if possible]. Most recently I attended [mention relevant workshops/courses/training you’ve completed] that helped me sharpen my [list key skills or valuable attributes].

I have attached my resume and [mention any other documents that were requested, if applicable]. If you like my ideas, I have many more I’d like to discuss with you.

Sincerely, [Full name]”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for an engineering internship”

“Madison Employer

Recruitment Manager

STP Engineering

1 Grove Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36109

Dear Madison,

I want to express my excitable interest in the engineering internship you are offering at STP Engineering. As a final year General Engineering student at the University of Montgomery, I maintain a 3.75 GPA and have made the Dean’s List every semester, setting me up with a solid foundation to get a taste of real engineering at STP.

As well as maintaining these grades, I am also one of the team leaders of the Engineering Society, where we build machines that compete with each other on tasks, and an engineer in the Robotic Society, where we build machines that duke it out with each other to death, most days. During our largest competition of the past year, we competed to build an e-bike that would climb the maximum incline, and also for a 1-km actual hill climb race outdoors. I used CAD and automated CNC to fabricate ultra-light aluminum rear stabilizer wheels, with raised edges that allowed us to fit strips of solid rubber into the wheel, providing traction, and not having to fabricate the wheel to fit an existing tire. Our bike, powered by a rear hub drive, instead of a pedal assist, beat the next team on the incline by 14 degrees (40 degrees), and the last by 21 degrees. As the chief designer and fabricator behind the stabilizer design, I have exhibited outside-of-the-box thinking, and sacrificed a few pounds for increased stability and traction that would ace the harder task.

With these challenges, as well as subjects of my study, I am often able to find the innovative solution that will beat out the others, and have together with my team been crowned The Engineering Society best team in 2019. I am extremely interested and excited how my approach will fare in the world of real engineering, with real, complex, new problems, and I am excited to see how I could grow and what I could learn at a cutting-edge company such as STP.

When could we schedule a call or a meeting for me to tell about the other crazy robotics projects we made?

Best Regards,

Gregory B. Olmos


Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a cover letter for an engineering internship

What should my engineering intern cover letter contain?

When writing the cover letter you should:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Mention the job you’re applying for.
  • How your skills and experience match the needed skills and experience for the job.

How to properly introduce yourself in a cover letter?

Greet the correct person to which your cover is intended for. Introduce yourself with enthusiasm.

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