Sample Cover Letter Internship Engineering Sample

Engineering Intern Cover Letter

Engineering Interns are entry-level employees, often students, who assist engineering teams to gain hands-on experience in their profession. Essential job duties of an Engineering Intern are helping to develop hardware, running tests, ensuring system safety, assisting with launch operations, completing data analysis, completing tasks as assigned by engineers, taking corrective action in case of non-compliance, following work instructions, liaising with suppliers, and observing engineering operations.

A successful cover letter sample for Engineering Intern should focus on skills and qualifications like:

  • Engineering expertise
  • Being able to follow verbal and written instructions
  • An interest in learning new things
  • Knowledge of safety standards
  • Computer competences
  • Teamwork
  • Availability for work in shifts
  • A good academic record
  • Attention to details and accuracy
  • Effective communication

Below is displayed a cover letter sample for Engineering Intern demonstrating similar abilities and qualities.

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Dear Ms. Herrera:

I am sending you the enclosed resume in response to learning of your search for an Engineering Intern. With my avid interest and ongoing education in civil engineering, as well as my skills in team collaboration and project support, I feel confident that I would significantly benefit your organization in this capacity.

My hands-on practicum experience coupled with the growing knowledge base I am amassing during my education at Wyoming State University prepares me to make a solid contribution in an internship position. With a solid foundation in the basics of civil engineering—including urban and regional studies and strategic planning—I am more than prepared to put my knowledge and abilities to work for you, while also gaining immeasurable experience and transferable skills to enable me to advance in my career pursuits. Furthermore, my organizational, communication, and leadership abilities position me ready to thrive in this challenging field.

Highlights of my background include…

  • Preparing to achieve a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Wyoming State University, performing in-depth research, designing engineering project plans and strategies, writing detailed reports, and delivering formal presentations—all while demonstrating a consistently superior academic record.
  • Completing an internship with the City of Jackson Hole, studying, dismantling, and ultimately working to improve KVA diesel generators within city buildings.
  • Observing and analyzing staff throughout my internship to learn more about the time and motion requirements of job responsibilities.
  • Participating in team-oriented projects and leading peers to project success while also excelling within more independent roles.
  • Demonstrating a keen willingness to learn, an adaptable and flexible work ethic, the ability to accurately follow instructions, and a sharp technical aptitude.

With my previous excellent academic-based and internship experience, coupled with my enthusiasm and dedication to achieving success, I believe I could swiftly exceed your expectations as your next Engineering Intern. I look forward to discussing this opportunity in detail. Thank you for your consideration.

Kenneth W. Mullins

Cover Letters

Basic Tips

  • There is no such thing as a generic cover letter!  Customize each letter to the specific position and company where you are applying, emphasizing your relevant skills and experience.
  • Address the letter to a specific person if possible. You may need to contact the company to ask for the name and title of the appropriate person. If you cannot get a name, “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  • Use a standard (block text) business letter format.
  • Keep the letter to one page or less.
  • Use descriptive action verbs to describe what you have done in past paid and volunteer positions.
  • Proofread your letter carefully before sending it!

Suggested Layout

A cover letter generally has three main parts: an introduction (one paragraph), a body (usually one to three paragraphs), and a conclusion (one paragraph).


Explain why you are interested in the company or organization and in the specific position to which you are applying (reference a job title and/or number, if available).  Indicate where or how you found out about the position (eCareer, Nittany Lion Career Network, personal referral, etc.). 

The last sentence of your introductory paragraph should provide an overview of the topics you plan to cover in the rest of the letter (e.g., “My internship experience last summer working in the automotive industry, my leadership skills as president of Penn State ASME last year, and my volunteer work as a math tutor have all prepared me well for this position”).


Make the case for your candidacy by providing specific examples of your experience and qualifications for the position you want.  Use key words from the job description to show that you understand what the position entails.  Identify specific examples that highlight at least two or three of your skills and/or paid or unpaid work that would fit with what the employer is seeking (as stated in the job description).

If you don’t have the exact type of experience the employer wants, emphasize your transferable skills (e.g., discuss your leadership potential at the company based on leadership experience you’ve had in student or volunteer organizations).


Restate your interest in the job and the company and briefly summarize your strengths and qualifications (e.g., “I am very interested in working as a test engineer at ABC Company, and I feel that my past internship in this industry, my leadership skills, and my volunteer experiences have all given me the background I need to be successful in this position”). Request an interview if you know the company will be interviewing soon and indicate what you will do to follow up with the employer.

Sign off with “Sincerely” or “Best regards” and your name.

Sample Documents

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