Cover Letter Sample For Internship Application Gmu

Each semester, hundreds, even thousands, of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia employers seek interns in writing, editing, publishing, and related research. The tasks these employers assign to interns might include doing archival research; writing content for paper or online publications; editing for content and correctness; doing media research; creating publicity materials; managing a web page or web site; blogging about specific topics; writing grant proposals; writing technical procedures or specifications; writing cultural criticism; creating summaries or descriptions of various works of art; helping to establish intra-organizational writing styles or protocols; coordinating content and design elements for publication; or many, many other kinds of work.

Employers know that GMU students seeking internships have many strengths, including their motivation, professionalism, diverse skills and viewpoints, and work ethic. But that doesn’t mean that internships simply fall out of trees. GMU students who find satisfying internships are those who treat the search process as they would a search for an after-college job. They understand that: 1) internships are just as valuable for employers as they are for interns themselves; 2) professionalism counts; and 3) internships are not always listed on some central website. Students willing to do a little independent research and contact organizations directly have a distinct advantage.

The wide variety of organizations offering internships can be grouped into four general categories: 1) for-profit companies, 2) non-profit organizations, 3) governmental agencies, and 4) media, entertainment, and cultural organizations. The best way to begin your search for an internship is not necessarily to check a list of links or to think about what you want to do, but rather to think what kind of environment you’d like to work in and what kinds of content or subject matter interest you most.

Web sites such as craigslist and can be helpful, but many excellent internships are listed only on the web sites of the employers themselves, if they are listed at all. Many an internship is procured through word of mouth or by a student “cold calling” an organization and simply asking about internships. Finally, GMU’s Career Services office has a useful database of jobs and internship listings called HireMason; students can register online. 


As you begin your search for internships, be sure that you've updated your resume and that you have a draft version of both a query letter and a cover letter at hand. It's crucial that these documents be formatted simply and effectively, professional in tone, full of usable information, and free of grammatical and mechancial errors. The Career Services office at GMU offers review and workshop sessions on these kinds of documents, as well as help in preparing for interviews. If you're wondering, a "query letter" is a half-page unsolicited letter sent to gauge an organization's interest in discussing internship opportunities; a "cover letter" is a full-page letter, sent at the organization's request as part of a standard appplication process. Both a query letter and cover letter may be sent electronically or in paper form, depending on the specific situation.


Few occupations at the B.A. level will include “sociologist” in their title. Yet the skills acquired as you complete your degree prepare you for a wide range of occupations. You will enter the highly competitive job market with a broad understanding of social processes and social structures. You will have learned critical thinking and analytical skills, and you will know how to design and conduct research to develop solutions for real world problems. One avenue for preparing to enter the job market is by obtaining an internship that provides opportunities to develop your skills and to work with and learn from other professionals.

What are the benefits of an internship?

Internships help you develop professional skills and broaden your professional network.

  • Internships provide work experience, a valuable plus as your enter the highly competitive marketplace. Important as well is the opportunity to develop contacts that will prove useful when you graduate. Just as important as the social networking you use to keep in touch with friends and family are the professional networks that will lead to getting a job. Think of an internship as the first link in your professional network.
  • Internships strengthen your resume. With more and more students doing internships, employers are coming to expect to see them listed on the resumes of potential employees. Your success as an intern provides evidence of both your work ethic and your skills in working with others.

Internships enable you to explore different careers.

  • If you are not sure about the type of career you want to pursue, the internship experience offers an opportunity to explore an occupation or industry. In addition, you can choose courses that will fit in with your long term career goals.

Internships integrate classroom learning with real world experience.

  • Internships link classroom learning real world experiences. The hands-on experience gained through an internship deepens sociological and anthropological knowledge.

Students who complete internships evaluate their experiences as satisfying and enjoyable.

  • For many students engaged in programs that serve the community an internship is a means of “making a difference” in the lives of others, whether through direct experience with under-served populations or through participation in developing policy initiatives that lead to practical solutions to social challenges in communities.

What are the eligibility requirements for internship?

To be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship (SOCI 416), students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and have completed SOCI 101, Introductory Sociology.

How do I enroll in the internship course, SOCI 416?

Step 1: Begin your Internship Search

  • Visit University Career Services for help preparing your resume and cover letter. Utilize HireMason to search for internships.
  • Talk with the SOCI Internship Director about possible areas of interest and opportunities.
  • Conduct a focused search online for organizations or positions in your area of interest. For example, if an internship with the Federal or local governments seems attractive, students can search websites that include links to volunteer or internship opportunities and requirements. Some of these internships require a longer lead time, with deadlines for applications being set months ahead, so students should think ahead.
  • Talk with your professors, classmates, colleagues, and academic advisor about opportunities for interning. The importance of personal networking should never be overlooked, so use social and business networks.
  • Review the list below for a snapshot of organizations with volunteer and internship opportunities. 

Step 2: Apply for Internships

  • Submit your application, resume, and cover letter directly to the organization. Be aware if references are needed and provide names on your resume.
  • Check with the SOCI Internship Director to make sure the internship will qualify for course credit. Through this process the University can ensure that the sponsoring organization understands the nature of internships and their linkage to your academic work. For example, Mason requires that 50% or more of the student’s internship tasks be career related and helpful to the student in building academic knowledge.
  • After you have preliminary discussions with a possible internship contact, you should make an appointment to see the SOCI Internship Director who will provide you with the necessary forms to take to your prospective sponsor and discuss learning objectives and requirements. 

Step 3: Complete the Internship Course Application Materials

  • Upon obtaining an internship and receiving approval from the SOCI Internship Director to pursue the internship for academic credit, submit the following forms for enrollment in SOCI 416:
  • Please note that these forms must be submitted by the regular course add deadline for the semester in which you are requesting to take the internship course.
  • Also note that SOCI 416 is a course and tuition will be charged accordingly.

Potential Internship Sites

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