The cover letters we receive from local college students seeking internship opportunities are always well written. More often than not, students are specific about the type of internship they’re looking for and ensure that their letter is filled with confidence.
A student recently submitted a cover letter to Wall Street in hopes of snagging a summer internship. Students hoping for internships send cover letters to Wall Street every day, but this particular letter intrigued multiple individuals on the Street. In the letter, the student describes his school as an “average university”, and blatantly points out that he sn’t overly qualified or experienced; he just wants to work hard:
“I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crap about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship. The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you.”
Wall Street loves this kid, and we do, too.If he’s this honest in the cover letter, he will likely be very honest and trustworthy on the job. He’s smart. He didn’t waste any time filling the letter with fluff, knowing that those on Wall Street would be able to distinguish true skill and interest from complete garbage. He seems like a hard working student who truly values experience over pay:
“I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.”
This letter deserves all of the viral buzz it has received, and from what we hear, things are faring pretty well for the honest and eager student! Top tip of the day for a great internship cover letter? Be honest.