My Cover Letter

To Whom It May Concern:
I hope that address was not too generic, but I was not able to find the name of the person I wish to send this to. I trust that if you’ve even made it this far and my application has not gotten lost in your inbox, you’re interested in reading more, so I’ll leave you to it: I write to apply for the Creative Strategy Analyst Technology Communications Consulting Internship at Morgan, Big Money Outlook & Co. I am an upperclassman at Dartmouth College majoring in the Liberal Arts. After speaking with a representative at the Dartmouth Career Fair, I was impressed by your company’s emphasis on a collaborative work environment to achieve the ultimate goal of making money. Though nothing I’ve studied in school has prepared me to do any of the work in the job description, my academic background and my devotion to extracurricular activities has given me a strong understanding of how to think critically to analyze problems and come up with solutions to them. And generally I’m good with money, excepting my Gilt obsession. I am convinced that my background in going to most of my college classes and socializing on a semi-regular basis will complement Morgan’s culture, and I am convinced that my extremely diverse skillset and personal values will contribute significantly to your organization. I, in turn, hope that my conviction means something to you too.
At Dartmouth, I have cultivated strong analytical and critical thinking skills by pursuing a major in the Liberal Arts. My educational coursework spans all academic areas. Through diverse coursework, I have learned to achieve in a wide array of intellectual areas, and I have no doubt that my skills can meet the high standards that your company demands. That sounds about as generic as any summary of coursework gets, and I know you get the point. Actually, you’ve probably read the same sort of thing over and over again from hundreds of students, maybe more, as I know this is a competitive internship—and if it is not, feel free to disregard my application starting now. Though I could go on and on, I will spare you the re-hashing of my resume that usually follows. I will spare you the boredom and simply be honest with you. I am smart, hard-working and a critical thinker, and I love winning as much as, and maybe even more than, the members of your company do, as I still have the bright and eager naiveté of a new graduate. If you tell me to do something, I’ll do it, and if you tell me to take control of something, I’ll do an awesome job and take the lead. I’m dependable; I can work with a team; I can work independently; I’m motivated; and I’m sharp; I’m committed and I’m accountable. I’m a problem-solver and I’ll be a good part of the office. After all, why bore you with the specifics of what I’ve done when I can simply tell you the best of my personal qualities right up front? That’s the kind of person I am, and I can assure you that I have all of these qualities, and more.
My college experience has been everything you would expect that it should be: I have worked hard, and I have made friends. I like your company and I want to work for it. Morgan, Big Money Outlook & Co prides itself on making an impact on its customers, and I can assure you that I have the same goals as you do and will make a big impact on the company this summer. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon—which I hope will result in an interview and a job offer (but even if it doesn’t, please kindly let me know that I have not been accepted).

To Whom It May Concern