One of the most difficult things in life is getting a job or internship without any experience. Several years ago, when I was a college student, I had a difficult time finding good internships because a lot of them required at least a year of experience. If you think about it, it’s really a catch 22. You need experience to get an internship, but you need an internship to get experience. However, I’ve come to realize that persistence is the key and you need to keep sending out your cover letters and continue to network with your peers and seasoned business professionals. Unless you are from a wealthy family with deep connections, no one is going to hand out anything on a silver platter. It took me nearly 100 cover letters and constant networking to find my dream job.
Keep in mind that if you do not have any work experience, you can definitely flaunt your academic background. If you are a top student or working on any interesting projects, write it down in your cover letter! Keep in mind, that you can also discuss your volunteer work or extracurricular activities. If you have some work experience, but it is not related to the internship you are applying, brainstorm a list of transferrable skills that can be applicable to any type of work.
No Work Experience Cover Letter
May 16, 2015
123 Smith St.
New York, NY 11133
388 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing you to express my interest in working as a community development intern with Citi. I am currently pursuing a Economics degree at Harvard University. I believe my academic background and work experience make me a qualified candidate for your organization.
As an volunteer English teacher at King’s Academy in South Africa, I taught college level reading and creative writing to high school students. A lot of my time was also dedicated to editing papers, providing feedback and helping students to improve their skills in written and verbal communication. My experience as a teacher has been transformative and has encouraged me to make a bigger impact in the world, beyond the confines of a classroom.
At Harvard, I have cultivated insights on the managerial and leadership skills needed to operate in both the private and public sector by developing solid quantitative and analytical skills. I am particularly interested in community development in urban cities and the different approaches needed to tackle poverty.
In order to solve problems in our community, organizations such as Citi need to utilize the efficiency that market-based approaches bring to create sustainable local business. In this regard, a summer internship for Citi would broaden my knowledge on how to overcome these specific challenges in order to bring wealth to low-income communities. I ask for the opportunity to translate my work experience and skills, as well as what I have learned at Harvard, into solutions for your organization.
I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the summer internship in further detail. Please feel free to contact me at 123-345-6789 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your attention and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you.