Cover letter for externship(4 samples)

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

How to write a cover letter for an externship

When writing a cover letter as an extern 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 externship”

“August 12, 2010 

Honorable John Doe 

United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit 

1234 South 5678 Center Street 

Salt Lake City, UT 98765 

Dear Judge Doe: 

I am a first year student at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, and I am interested in working as an extern for your chambers during the 2013 summer. I have talked with Jane Smith who told me she had a very positive experience working with you last summer. Enclosed is a copy of my resume and grade report for your reference. I have also enclosed a memorandum I wrote last semester as a sample of my writing. 

[Next try to highlight some particular interest/skill you may have. Judges are interested in your Apeople skill@ indicators, i.e., whether you are easy to work with, etc. They are also very interested in your research and writing skills. If you have a unique trait try to emphasize it. It will stick out in the clerks= and judges= minds. Some examples: 

An externship with you interests me because . . . 

I would contribute to your chambers by . . . 

My strong background in . . . would be a valuable asset to you because I learned . . . 

My plans to settle in (city/state) interested me in a externship with you because . . . 

I would enjoy the opportunity to interview with you, and I would be free to meet with you at your convenience. [Or–I will be in your area _______ and could meet with you during that time if it is a convenient time for you. Otherwise, I would be happy to schedule another time that will better fit your schedule.] Thank you for your consideration. 


Steven Student 


Sample 2: “Cover letter for externship”

“Tyler Harper

(555) 555-555

May 14, 2021

Dear Ms. Newman,

My name is Tyler Harper, and I’m excited to be writing to you to apply for the nurse extern position at Pine Shell Hospital. I’m currently finishing the final two years of my nursing degree at Northwest Vermont University, and I believe my training has prepared me to support your team. I’m eager to learn from your experienced nursing professionals as we provide excellent care and service to your patients.

My rigorous coursework has provided me with the knowledge of patient care and procedural practices that can help me excel in this role. Besides classroom-based learning, I’ve engaged in practical experiences through practicum and immersive courses. Specifically, I worked with patients in hospital settings under the guidance of licensed nurses and doctors. This experience helped me gain confidence in my skills and helped me feel more comfortable working in such a fast-paced environment.

While working with patients, I was often responsible for taking their vitals, administering medications prescribed by medical staff and sanitizing patient areas throughout the day. I also developed a strong set of organizational skills, thanks to my duties of filing and recording patients’ medical information and histories and managing my time effectively as I moved from patient to patient during my shifts. Additionally, my communication skills have proven beneficial, and I’ve received compliments for my ability to build a rapport with patients and make them feel more comfortable.

I have a strong passion for helping others, which is what inspired me to pursue this profession. After I finish my degree, I aspire to work as a full-time nurse and use my knowledge and skills to assist patients throughout their health and healing journeys. I hope to use my passion and skill set to help your nursing team provide excellent patient care. I also believe this externship will provide me with numerous development opportunities, helping me reach my professional goals as a nurse.

Thank you for your time and consideration throughout this process. Please let me know if you need additional information or materials from me.


Tyler Harper”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for externship”

“Dear Ms. Betty Varela,

I am applying for the position of Nurse Extern with Carolinas Hospital System and I meet the requirements set forth by your facility.

I am in the process of earning my nursing degree with two years left before graduation. This position will help me gain the experience needed to receive the credentials to qualify for a job after graduation. This hands-on experience is vital in helping me prepare for and be ready to work as a nurse in the future.

Working under the direct supervision of a trained professional while learning the finer points of being a nurse will help me gain the confidence needed to work in this type of environment. I possess active listening skills with the ability to follow directions precisely and to conduct myself in a friendly, professional manner at all times.

I have the skills and training to assist the training nurse with a variety of procedures such as monitoring IVs, taking vitals and administering medications. Helping patients with personal hygiene, getting dressed and moving around the facility are also duties that I can perform. Other duties include changing bed linens, cleaning and sanitizing the rooms and workstations in addition to gathering patient information, charting and assessing the patient’s current condition.

Becoming a nurse and helping people is a very rewarding career choice and I am looking forward to putting my skills to good use. This job would be a huge step in helping me achieve my career goal so I hope you will consider me for this very important position.

My contact number is (555)-555-5555.


Sammy Battles

Sammy Battles”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for externship”

“Mr. Dearborn,

My name is Joseph Samuels, and I’m writing to be considered for your industrial manufacturing externship. I’m a third-year mechanical engineering student at NIT, hoping to pursue a career in consumer product development after graduation.

I’m committed, dedicated and creative. This spring, a group of my classmates and I entered a statewide competition to design the best new household gadget. Our creation, a handheld tool that cracks an egg and disposes of the shell, took first prize. For the past three years, I’ve consistently made my college’s dean’s list while also maintaining a part-time job as a stockroom associate at Baker’s Grocery.

I’m currently deciding whether I’m more interested in the development or mechanical side of the field. An externship with Bayer Industries would help me learn more about the inner workings of a commercial manufacturing facility, which I believe would give me clarity on the next steps to take toward my future career.

Thank you for considering me for the program.


Joseph Samuels”

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

Do you need a cover letter when applying for externships?

No. However, a cover letter is one of the best ways to convey why you are the best candidate for the internship, allowing you to expand on and showcase key skills and experiences.

How do you begin a cover letter?

The Most Effective Strategies to Start a Cover Letter

  • Start With an Accomplishment. 
  • Inform the Company of What You Can Offer Them. 
  • Show That You Love the Company. 
  • Name-Drop by Saying You Know Someone Relevant.

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