Sample cover letter for Internship position at Congresswoman
Dear Congresswoman [REDACTED]:
I am a first-generation student at the University of [REDACTED] and I would like to be considered for a summer internship position with your DC office. As a third year Economics and Political Science double major I have considerable writing and research experience as well as a strong interest in public policy and the legislative process. I admire the work of the men and women in Congress and would like to assist them in making our nation a better place. It would be an honor to work in your office and I strongly believe that my education and previous experience qualify me for the position.
I am confident I would be an asset as an intern in your office. I have developed excellent research, writing, organizational, and multi-tasking skills during my three years at the University of [REDACTED]. In addition to the many papers I have written for my classes, I have also worked as the Assistant Director of Feedback and the Assistant Director of Research for [STUDENT GOVERNMENT SPEAKER'S BUREAU]. I’ve researched potential speakers, mining attendance data from their past events, and written summaries of the feedback data from post-event surveys for executive board members. My writing skills would be beneficial in writing briefings, research summaries, and correspondence if I am offered an internship in your office.
In addition to my research and writing skills, I also have experience as a leader and team member. I was selected as one of the top 100 sophomores in the [REDACTED] College of Business Administration from a highly competitive pool of student leaders to participate in the [LEADERSHIP ACADEMY]—a yearlong development program focusing on leadership, ethics, and professionalism. Through several career-focused workshop modules I developed my personal professionalism as well as strong communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Furthermore, as an intramural flag football official I worked on a team with two other officials to manage fast-paced games and high pressure situations. I learned the importance of cooperation and effective communication among team members, and gained the confidence needed to interact with your constituents.
As a proven leader with relevant experience, I am excited to submit my name for consideration. If you would like to discuss my qualifications further, please contact me at [PHONE] or at [EMAIL]. I am available to work from May 11th to August 14th. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
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August 2016 to CurrentUnited States Senate － Washington, D.C.
- Represent the senator at events and in constituent meetings, assist the senator with policy prioritization.
- Coordinate meetings and create briefings for the senator and senior legislative staff.
- Draft responses to constituent mail.
- Interview, hire, on-board, train, and manage group of five interns per season.
- Wrote and revised memos, budgetary documents and press releases.
- Support Legislative Assistant in research.
- Plan and organize constituent outreach.
- Monitor legislation and analyze initiatives.
- Research and seek stakeholders for new bills.
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- Responsible for the completion of grant registration forms and accurate reporting to the organizations three major funders including the Department of Education.
- Serves as the case manager for 16 youth which included conducting interviews and leading them through academic and personal goal setting activities delivering outcomes that included reduced juvenile recidivism.
- Documents the progress of youth within their case notes to keep record of their growth & small group facilitation.
- Partnered in the development of the social justice committee, which has developed a framework to aid staff in supporting youth of color; and provided diversity training to all of the staff members at the agency.
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- Received training in counseling, recording, referral procedures and became certified in HIV testing.
- Served as a member of implementing a CDC funded program to incentivise HIV testing among high-risk communities and provided support in marketing the program and conducting testing.
- Conducted donor outreach activities in collaboration with fellow staff members, resulting in raising over six figures.
- On-boarded 4 new hires on a monthly basis, providing them with essential training on HIV procedures, agency guidelines, and expectations; assisted the HR Director as needed with employee relations tasks.
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- Determine potential discrepancies.
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- Resolve passenger complaints in order to avoid mediation and/or arbitration with the Department of Transportation.
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