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SAMPLE COVER LETTER

Your address.
100 Oak Street
Syracuse, NY 13244

Today’s date. 
October 25, 2013

Employer’s name and title (if available), followed by the company’s name and address.
Ms. Eloise Richards
Sustainability Roundtable Inc.
1 Broadway Floor 14
Cambridge, MA 02142

Dear Ms. Richards:

First Paragraph: Get the reader’s attention. Establish a connection with the job.
I have investigated sustainability, best practices related to groundwater protection, and their potential economic impact, both in my independent research at Syracuse University and in my internships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in Chile. For this reason, I was excited to learn of the opportunity to support your client advisory services. I am both interested and highly motivated to contribute to research reports that include actionable guidance for executives. I believe I have the research, writing, and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully carry out the Research Intern’s responsibilities.

Middle Paragraph(s): Persuade the reader and include examples related to opportunity.
Researching and writing about environmentally-related legislation at both State and Federal levels has broadened my knowledge and analytical skills and has specifically introduced me to databases and other sources of information pertinent to the drive for sustainability. My internship at the Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLC) in Chile expanded my research skills to include international sources. My experience composing written reports and summaries for international audiences and preparing self-help materials for the general public will help me meet SR Ins.’s needs for reports and briefings for member-clients. I would be happy to submit samples of my writing upon request.

My teamwork and interpersonal skills have been developed as a leader in student activities. From planning events for groups of students and recruiting new members for our student government organization, to presiding over sensitive hearings on possible election code violations, I have led and motivated peers while acting in accordance with the Student Association regulations. I would bring useful interpersonal skills to the teamwork effort at SR Inc.

Closing Paragraph: Reiterate your message and offer thanks.
I would be pleased to expand on my experience, skills, and personal commitment in an interview and am available by phone, Skype, or in person. You can contact me by phone at (315) 555-1234 or e-mail me at jjtorino@syr.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Juan J. Torino