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Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Structure
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Durham, NC 27701
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September 5, 2...
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Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Collection

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Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Collection

  1. 1. Career Center Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Collection Index Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Structure Undergraduate Example Cover Letters Skills, Qualifications and Certifications Bank for Cover Letters Additional Examples
  2. 2. Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Structure Your Present Address City, STATE Zip Code Date Contact’s Name Contact’s Position Title Employer Name Street Address City, STATE Zip Code Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Contact’s Name: (OR “Dear Hiring Manager”), 1st Paragraph (Introduction) • Briefly describe who you are (e.g., “junior Engineering major at Duke University” – but you don’t need this level of detail if you’re doing on-campus recruiting – use your space wisely) • Express enthusiasm and interest in the position • If you were referred by a specific person in the company, you can mention it here • Outline the rest of the document (connecting your most relevant skills/experiences, based on the job description and your previous research, to the actual position/organization) – set up the structure that you will follow (e.g., focusing on communication skills, then analytical skills, then real-world experience; OR focusing on problem solving abilities, interpersonal skills, and then technical skills, etc.) 2nd – 4th Paragraphs (Body – Elaborating on specific experiences, skills, & fit – Order of these paragraphs depends on importance and how you’ve outlined it previously) • Tell a story about or describe your experience that references several of the necessary qualifications for which the employer is asking (e.g., communication skills, technical expertise, analytical skills, etc.) • Tell another story showcasing a different aspect of yourself that is relevant to the position – You can think of the structure of the Cover Letter and Resume as similar (start with the most important/ relevant experiences) • Explicitly state aspects of the role, team, and organization that you are applying to and emphasize your fit • Provide evidence that you have the skills/experience/talent necessary and that you will utilize these in the most relevant and productive way for that particular organization Final Paragraph (Next Steps) • Thank them and reaffirm your enthusiasm about the role, team, and organization • Restate your confidence in the fit between your background and role/expectations • Detail your next action (e.g., “will follow-up with a call,” look forward to interviewing on campus with you,” etc.) Sincerely, Your Typed Name Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  3. 3. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Structure - cont. Job Description Abercrombie & Fitch Leadership Development Program - Merchandising Internship Description: A&F merchants handle all business aspects of specific clothing categories (tees, denim, outerwear, etc.) for the company out of our Home Office. Entrepreneurial in nature, merchants lead a cross functional team (design, sourcing, visual) to fully maximize the financial success of their product line: choosing the best designs, negotiating costs and production timelines with vendors, and strategizing future business through the analysis of current sales information. Merchant teams will get to work directly with our CEO, Mike Jeffries, for approval on their products for each season. Our Corporate Internship Program in Merchandising provides a select group of college students in their junior year an opportunity to experience being a merchant at Abercrombie & Fitch for 10 weeks over the summer. Interns work for one of our four brands and will be placed on a specific product category for the summer. After two weeks of intensive training, interns will oversee vendor communication, attend fittings, participate in design reviews, and have a thorough knowledge of the business they are working on. This program is structured to allow interns to take on a great deal of responsibility quickly and gain immediate exposure to senior leadership. Interns will be active players in helping make one of A&F’s product categories successful for the upcoming seasons. Candidates for the Corporate Internship Program in Merchandising need to be leaders in their schools. A strong analytical background as well as an eye and passion for clothing are essential to success within our corporate culture. We are looking for students who have a strong desire to pursue a career in retail after graduation and have a clear knowledge of our target customer. Eligible candidates need to have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and currently be in their junior year. SAT/ACT scores and cumulative GPA must be included on resume. All applicants must be authorized to work in the US and must not currently or at any time in the future require employment visa sponsorship. A&F does not sponsor employment visas for this position.
  4. 4. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Undergraduate Student Cover Letter Structure - cont. Job Description Wells Fargo Securities Economics Summer Analyst Program Summer Analyst Program The Summer Analyst Program is non-rotational and provides the opportunity to gain exposure and experience working for one of the most well regarded financial institutions in the world; learn about our business and the many careers and professional development opportunities; expand personal and professional networks; incorporate knowledge gained in school while learning new skills and interviewing for future career opportunities at Wells Fargo. The duration of the Summer Analyst program is 10 weeks and opportunities are available in Charlotte. Economics Wells Fargo’s Economics Group provides research and analysis on international, national, and regional economic trends to help serve our clients’ business and financial needs. Our experienced economists have been featured in many national publications, academic and economic journals, and on popular television and radio programs. As one of the most-respected economic research organizations in the industry, Bloomberg News has named it a top economics team for the past four years. Training The Summer Analyst Program is designed to provide undergraduate students an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a full-time team member. Summer analysts receive a comprehensive professional and educational experience through on-the-job training by joining a business group and working alongside team members who are experts in their fields. In addition, the program offers organized activities that allow summer analysts to receive analytical training, meet senior executives, and network with other participants across business lines. Responsibilities Summer Analysts assume significant responsibility that may include: • Supporting staff on the generation of publications including the Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary, the Monthly Economic Outlook, economic indicators and special reports • Preparing and refining economic presentations • Creating and updating economic charts and tables • Conducting in-depth economic and industry research • Working with the senior economists and econometrician to update economic forecasts • Providing support to the Vice Presidents and Associates on ad hoc tasks by the senior team Qualifications Summer Analysts must demonstrate a combination of academic aptitude, quantitative skills, personal motivation, distinguished written and verbal communication and presentation skills, excellence in working effectively as an individual and as part of a team, and an ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. It is strongly preferred that your background includes: • A bachelor’s degree with academic distinction and an emphasis in Economics, Mathematics, or a related quantitative/analytical field • Strong interest in financial markets with expertise in macroeconomics, business cycle analysis, finance or math attained through coursework, individual study and prior work experience • Willingness to work long hours in a demanding, highly focused team environment • Excellent skills in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, advanced skills desired • Energetic self-starter who is flexible, organized, conscientious, proactive, and detailed-oriented • An individual who demonstrates a sense of personal accountability and urgency for achieving results
  5. 5. Undergraduate Example Cover Letters Duke Student 321 Chapel Watch Dr. Durham, NC 27701 dukestudent@duke.edu September 5, 2013 Cecil Company 124 Maple St. Stamford, CT 06827 Associate Consultant Program Dear. Ms. Brookings, I am writing to express my interest in the Associate Consultant position with the Cecil Company. Your unique, one client per industry business model sparked my interest. I believe this model enables the Cecil Company to develop a level of expertise and longevity with the client that serves as a foundation for mutual success. It is because of this relationship that Cecil Company professionals can devote all of their energy and expertise to providing long-term strategic solutions for clients. I am passionate and enthusiastic about everything I do and would thrive in a challenging environment that takes advantage of these characteristics. I graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Duke University in December, and am currently working as a full-time Research Associate with Duke economist Dr. Boris Payne. As a Research Associate, I have gained experience in rigorous quantitative research by using both STATA and ArcGIS to describe and model the market for manufactured homes. My enthusiasm for applying quantitative work in creative and pragmatic ways, as I have had the opportunity to do this fall, aligns well with the Cecil philosophy. My educational background is a well-balanced combination of theory and application. I have three years of analytical and quantitative coursework in economics, statistics, calculus, econometrics, and accounting, and am committed to understanding the real-world applications of quantitative data and models. As an undergraduate at Duke, I taught a social entrepreneurship course that helped to strengthen the bond between the university and the community. At the end of the semester, I led our team in deciding how much money to allocate to each business and on what terms. This experience challenged and improved my leadership skills and my ability to exercise them to make an impressive local impact. During the summer of 2012, I executed a market pricing survey for Chase’s mortgage servicer to assess and compare market prices for residential mortgage services with those charged by our client. Based on my research, our client expanded its services and changed its product pricing. I improved my communication and presentation skills and experienced the satisfaction of seeing a project through to its successful conclusion. Through my work experience, I have cultivated a strong interest in understanding how businesses operate and how these operations can be improved. I feel strongly that it is my passion to leverage both my interpersonal and analytical skills to make a difference that will make me a valuable asset at the Cecil Company. In closing, the list of candidate attributes on the Cecil Company website includes a quality that I consider paramount to my own personal and professional success: the power of persuasion tempered with humility. If you have further questions regarding my candidacy, please contact me at (555) 234-2457 or dukestudent@duke.edu. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to the opportunity of an interview with the Cecil Company. Sincerely, Duke Student Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  6. 6. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Undergraduate Example Cover Letters - cont. Abigail T. Cheng 5234 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27701 (919) 555-1234 October 10, 2013 Ms. Jane Clifton Vice President of Operations and Federal Relations The Capitol Association for Internships & Academic Seminars 4567 M Street, NW 99th Floor Washington, D.C. 20039-1234 Dear Ms. Clifton: I am writing in response to the email from the National Internship Organization (NIO) regarding summer internships with The Capitol Association for Internships & Academic Seminars. As a junior at Duke University majoring in Political Science, I am very interested in applying my academic studies while gaining relevant skills. I believe the combination of my education and campus leadership roles make me a strong candidate for the internship. As the Fundraising Committee Representative for Campus Life, I have demonstrated the ability to operate in a complex environment. My primary responsibility is to manage the $20,000 operating budget by tracking purchases and ensuring timely payments to vendors. In addition, I have developed a volunteer recognition program to encourage members to participate in fundraising activities. This position has taught me budget management and how to contribute successfully to a team. Balancing schoolwork, along with serving the community, has provided me many valuable lessons about multi-tasking and self-motivation. In addition to budgeting time for Campus Life responsibilities, I also delegate time for my academic commitments. These experiences have made me responsible and reliable—a combination that is highly valued at The Capitol Association for Internships & Academic Seminars. I will call you next week to follow-up, and I look forward to talking with you to discuss my candidacy with The Capitol Association for Internships & Academic Seminars. Until then, if you have any questions, please email me at acheng@duke.edu or call me at 919-555-4321. Sincerely, Abigail Cheng Abigail T. Cheng enclosure
  7. 7. Skills, Qualifications and Certifications Bank for Cover Letters Skills, Qualifications, or Certifications Where You Developed or Used the Skill Sentence/Paragraph for Cover Letter Leadership skills Student Organization at Duke As President of the Biomedical Engineering society, I developed greater leadership and organizational skills through my experience planning an annual career conference featuring 80 alumni panelists and over three hundred attendees. Communication skills Internship at RTI International At RTI International, the success of my internship in Innovation and Commercialization depended on my ability to interact with a variety of professionals. I was able to thrive in these interactions by adapting my communications skills in order to effectively get my point across, whether it be with my fellow interns, my supervisor, or even the President of the Division. Myers-Briggs Certification Myers-Briggs Certification Program Official certification as a Myers-Briggs facilitator has enabled me to enhance my leadership skills through presenting to professional associations, counseling in one-on-one settings and implementing workshops for higher education institutions C++ Internship with Microsoft/ Academic Coursework My internship at Microsoft allowed me to hone the technical skills that I acquired through my academic coursework on real-world projects leading to increased proficiency in C++ programming and MATLAB scripting. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  8. 8. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Skills, Qualifications, or Certifications Where You Developed or Used the Skill Sentence/Paragraph for Cover Letter Resources Events@Duke Calendar: www.calendar.duke.edu/events DukeConnect: www.dukeconnect.com Durham Networking Opportunities: www.linkingthetriangle.com Linkedin: www.linkedin.com Slideshare: www.slideshare.net Career Center Information (919) 660-1050 Smith Warehouse Bay 5, 2nd Floor career-student@studentaffairs.duke.edu studentaffairs.duke.edu/career Skills, Qualifications and Certifications Bank for Cover Letters - cont.
  9. 9. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Additional Examples XXXX     Bank  of  America,  Global  Corporate  &  I-­‐Banking     335  Madison  Ave.     New  York,  NY       January  29,  2011       Dear  Ms.  XXXX:   I  am  writing  to  you  regarding  the  Global  Markets  Technology  Summer  Analyst  position  at  Bank  of   America.  I  learned  of  the  position  while  talking  to  Bank  of  America  representatives  at  the  Duke  Career   Fair  in  January  and  was  instantly  attracted  to  the  practical  training  and  networking  opportunities  offered   by  the  internship.     My  coursework  as  a  computer  science  B.S.  candidate  at  Duke  University  has  exposed  me  to  an  extensive   set  of  programming  experiences.  I  have  written  a  Huffman  coding  file  compression  program  in  C++,  an   XML-­‐based  game  package  in  Java,  and  developed  a  strong  object-­‐oriented  background  along  the  way.  I   have  completed  coursework  in  low-­‐level  languages  like  C  or  MIPS  assembly  language,  simultaneously   learning  about  computer  architecture  and  operating  system  design.  Currently,  as  a  junior,  I  am  taking  an   eCommerce  class  in  which  I  analyze  business  models  and  technology  infrastructures  used  in  eCommerce   companies,  bridging  the  gap  between  technology  and  business.     In  addition  to  my  academic  coursework,  my  work  experiences  have  given  me  the  knowledge  and  skills   necessary  to  be  a  summer  analyst  at  Bank  of  America.  For  example,  last  semester  I  was  a  research   assistant  at  Duke’s  Fuqua  School  of  Business,  where  I  organized  and  merged  finance  data  on  over  1,000   companies  entered  by  other  research  assistants.  In  my  internship  last  summer  I  gained  invaluable   experience  in  communication  and  public  relations  working  as  for  the  US  Environmental  Protection   Agency  (EPA).  In  this  position  I  connected  leaders  of  the  local  community  with  key  players  in  the  EPA   Nail  Salon  Project  and  gave  a  presentation  on  environmental  justice  at  the  Overseas  Chinese  American   National  Convention.     I  believe  my  technical  skills  and  work  experiences  qualify  me  for  the  Global  Markets  Technology  Summer   Analyst  position  at  Bank  of  America.  Enclosed  is  my  resume  and  if  you  have  any  questions  or  concerns,  I   am  available  via  email  (mkl000@duke.edu)  or  phone  (000-­‐555-­‐0000).  I  look  forward  to  meeting  you   soon.  Thank  you  for  your  consideration  and  your  time.     Sincerely,           Miguel  Lorenzo  
  10. 10. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Additional Examples - cont. XXXX     Trinity  Consultants     000  1st  Avenue     Long  Beach,  CA  00000     May  5,  2011       Dear  Ms.  XXXX:   I  am  writing  to  express  my  interest  in  your  entry-­‐level  environmental  compliance  consultant  position  in   Long  Beach,  CA.  I  discovered  the  opportunity  at  careerbuilder.com  and  would  greatly  value  the   opportunity  to  work  and  grow  in  your  company.  The  majority  of  my  undergraduate  study  and  work   experience  has  been  geared  towards  a  career  in  the  environmental  sector.  I  believe  environmental   consulting  is  an  ideal  field  for  me  as  it  requires  specific  knowledge  of  pertinent  regulations  and  the  ability   to  integrate  scientific  investigations  and  environmental  policies  into  coherent  recommendations.     I  am  a  graduating  senior  at  Duke  University  and  have  already  had  several  science  and  policy-­‐related   experiences  and  have  developed  skills  necessary  for  a  career  in  environmental  consulting.  Serving  as  a   research  assistant  to  a  climate  change  lab  at  Duke,  I  received  a  broad  introduction  to  environmental   testing,  data  collection,  and  trend  analysis,  with  more  specific  applications  to  soil  testing.  My  knowledge   of  environmental  testing  grew  through  studying  marine  invertebrate  collection  and  analysis  at  the  Duke   Marine  Lab.     My  policy  background  supplements  and  complements  my  scientific  experience.  I  have  studied  the  major   international  air,  water,  species  trade,  and  waste  disposal  agreements,  and  the  major  domestic  air  (CAA),   water,  species,  and  waste  disposal  laws.  In  doing  so,  I  have  learned  how  to  translate  complex  laws  and   terms  into  easy-­‐to-­‐understand  language,  and  I  have  received  an  introduction  to  the  many  academic  and   government  resources  available  for  researching  these  agreements  and  laws.  In  addition,  I  have  studied   various  systems  of  tradable  permits,  including  those  involved  in  air  quality  regulation.  In  my  most  recent   job,  I  researched  civic  and  environmental  groups  in  NC  that  might  be  interested  in  working  with  my   employer  to  promote  new  air,  water,  and  waste  disposal  laws  in  the  General  Assembly.     I  am  confident  the  knowledge  and  skills  I  have  gained  through  academia  and  practical  application  will   make  me  a  successful  environmental  consultant  at  Trinity  Consultants,  Inc.  I  would  very  much  enjoy  the   opportunity  to  interview  with  you.  You  may  best  reach  me  by  email,  twd000@duke.edu  or  by  phone,   000-­‐555-­‐0000.  I  have  attached  a  resume  to  this  letter  for  your  review.  Thank  you  for  your  time  and   consideration,  and  I  look  forward  to  hearing  from  you  about  my  candidacy.     Sincerely,         Tom  Davidson       Attachment  
  11. 11. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Additional Examples - cont. JAKE  S.  ANDREWS   jsa000@duke.edu     0000  Old  Chapel  Hill  Drive     Durham,  NC  27705     (000)  555-­‐0000     XXXX     Manager,  Legal  Assistant  Recruiting     Sullivan  &  Cromwell  LLP     125  Broad  Street     New  York,  NY  10004     Dear  Ms.  XXXX:     I  would  like  to  express  my  immense  interest  in  the  Legal  Assistant  position  at  Sullivan  &  Cromwell,  which  I   discovered  on  Duke’s  online  job  database.  Working  at  Sullivan  &  Cromwell  appeals  to  me  because  it  is  a  firm  that   simultaneously  focuses  on  success  and  integrity.  As  I  read  in  a  recent  New  York  Times  article,  the  firm  is  as   concerned  with  financial  achievement  as  it  is  with  maintaining  its  sterling  reputation.  As  chairman  H.  Rodgin   Cohen  stated  in  the  article,  “Money  is  money,  but  reputation  is  reputation.”  To  me,  this  demonstrates  an   understanding  that  financial  success  must  be  coupled  with  high  standards.  This  characteristic  dovetails  with  my   demand  for  high  personal  achievement  within  the  confines  of  strictly  defined  values  such  as  sincerity  and  honesty.   I  therefore  wish  to  work  at  Sullivan  &  Cromwell  as  a  Legal  Assistant  because  I  believe  its  uncompromising  culture   matches  my  own  values.     My  experiences  at  Duke  have  convinced  me  to  pursue  my  interest  in  law.  As  an  undergraduate  I  have  served  as  vice   president  of  Duke  Moot  Court,  a  student-­‐run  organization  that  hosts  an  annual  constitutional  law  tournament  for   high  school  students  from  across  the  United  States.  Through  this  organization,  I  demonstrated  my  leadership   abilities  by  raising  over  $11,000  for  the  tournament.  Additionally,  in  preparing  for  my  role  as  a  tournament  judge  I   found  that  I  truly  enjoy  the  intellectual  challenge  of  delving  into  nuanced  legal  arguments.  My  resolve  to  become   involved  in  law  was  further  increased  by  my  employment  at  Duke  Law  School,  where  my  interactions  with  law   students  demonstrated  to  me  yet  again  that  law  presents  an  unparalleled  intellectual  exercise.  In  particular,  I  am   drawn  to  the  writing  and  research  components  of  legal  work,  as  both  of  these  are  skills  at  which  I  excel.     I  wish  to  begin  the  hard  work  law  demands  as  a  paralegal  at  Sullivan  &  Cromwell.  As  someone  who  desires   exposure  to  the  legal  world,  I  would  value  experience  as  a  paralegal  because  it  would  afford  me  the  opportunity  to   encounter  law  at  its  most  fundamental  level.     I  have  attached  my  resume,  which  demonstrates  my  strong  academic  background.  I  would  be  delighted  to  speak   with  you  about  how  the  Legal  Assistant  position  would  work  for  an  enthusiastic,  capable,  and  hard-­‐  working   college  graduate.  I  look  forward  to  interviewing  with  Sullivan  &  Cromwell  on  campus.     Sincerely,           Jake  Andrews       Attachment  
  12. 12. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Additional Examples - cont. John  Lincoln   jkl000@duke.edu     000  Erwin  Rd                                              (000)  555  –  0000  (mobile)   Durham,  NC  27705                                                  jkl000@duke.edu   Jewish  Federation  of  Metropolitan     Chicago  1  S.  Franklin     Chicago,  IL  60606-­‐4594     Dear  XXX:     I  am  writing  to  express  my  interest  in  the  Domestic  Affairs  Program  Director  position.  I  am  a  senior  at  Duke   University  graduating  in  May  with  a  degree  in  public  policy,  a  certificate  in  health  policy,  and  a  minor  in  political   science.  I  believe  that  my  experiences  over  the  past  four  years,  as  well  as  my  demonstrated  professionalism   uniquely  qualify  me  for  the  large  responsibilities  held  by  the  Domestic  Affairs  Program  Director.     I  am  especially  attracted  to  the  Domestic  Affairs  Program  Director  position  due  to  my  familiarity  with  the  position   and  the  JCRC.  Three  years  ago,  I  served  as  a  JCRC  intern  reporting  to  xxxxx,  who  formerly  filled  that  position.   Through  my  everyday  work,  I  was  able  to  gain  a  very  clear  understanding  for  the  daily  tasks  and  challenges  of  the   position,  as  well  as  a  general  understanding  of  the  JCRC’s  organization  as  a  part  of  the  federation.  I  also  enjoyed   researching  for  and  drafting  a  volume  of  the  Chicago  Connection  to  International  Terrorism  as  my  final  project.   While  I  believe  I  achieved  highly  as  an  intern,  my  experiences  at  Duke  University  beyond  that  internship  led  to   significant  personal  and  professional  development  that  qualify  me  for  this  position.     During  my  junior  year  at  Duke,  the  Palestinian  Solidarity  Movement  held  its  national  conference  on  Duke’s  campus.   In  the  wake  of  this  event,  an  anti-­‐Semitic  column  was  written  in  the  campus  newspaper.  Much  of  my  work  during   that  year  was  spent  planning  counter-­‐programming  to  the  conference,  and  coordinating  a  response  to  the  column.   During  this  process,  my  peers  began  to  look  to  me  as  someone  who  could  build  consensus  and  represent  the  Jewish   community  during  a  difficult  time.  Not  long  after,  I  became  the  Jewish  Awareness  Week  Chair  and  President  of  our   Hillel,  the  Freeman  Center  for  Jewish  Life.  I  have  since  worked  serving  as  the  voice  of  the  Jewish  community,   including  building  coalitions  with  other  cultural  groups,  Duke’s  student  government,  and  university   administrators.  Also,  I  have  led  our  student  board  to  be  an  effective  programming  body,  representing  the  different   aspects  of  Jewish  life  at  Duke.  I  believe  that  JCRCs  and  Hillels  are  similar  in  that  much  of  the  work  revolves  around   preparing  for  the  next  crisis  or  issue,  and  then  responding  effectively  when  the  issue  is  at  hand.  I  feel  that  my   experiences  with  Duke’s  Hillel  have  prepared  me  to  effectively  lead  as  the  Domestic  Affairs  Program  Director.     I  would  very  much  appreciate  the  opportunity  to  discuss  with  you  my  other  experiences  and  how  they  uniquely   qualify  me  for  this  position.  Attached  is  my  resume  for  your  further  review.  Thank  you  for  considering  my   application  and  I  look  forward  to  hearing  from  you.     Sincerely,           John  Lincoln       Attachment  
  13. 13. Additional Documents Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae Internships Interviewing Job Search Networking Resume Additional Resources Career Center Skills Guides Cover Letter Skills Guide Curriculum Vitae Skills Guide Internships Skills Guide Interviewing Skills Guide Networking Skills Guide Resume Skills Guide Strategic Search Skills Guide Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708

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