Example of an Application Letter for a Summer Job

| November 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Every year, application letters for a summer job flood the market, as students look for interesting, career-related summer jobs and internships. The key to their success lies in the preparation for, and an early start in, the job search process.

This process has the following rules –

  • Firstly, determine your priorities. What is it you want, exactly?  Do you want career-related experience?  The opportunity to travel?  Funds to support tuition fees?
  • Then identify prospective employers. Research potential employers on the Internet. Find employer websites. Use Organizational directories, the Yellow Pages, and local newspapers to identify organizations of interest.  Include traditional summer employers, such as hotels, camps, convention centers, government agencies, etc.  Look at online job listings, which will indicate opportunities due to come up
  • Develop a resume that will emphasize your skills and any experience you have. A resume is very important in effectively presenting  your background and making you stand out from other job seekers
  • Start contacting employers early!  If you are looking for a career-related position, it is essential to contact the manager of an organization in your area of interest, as well as the Human Resources department, as early as three or four months in advance. Call, write or e-mail to request information regarding internship and summer job opportunities
  • Many organizations have their own application templates.  If you are looking for a general, non-career-related position, you may be asked to complete and return a formal application. Make sure that you complete these forms neatly and thoroughly, typing them if you possibly can.  It will be the first – and maybe the only – image that the organization will have of you.

Complete the application and be prepared for interviews.

If there are currently no positions available in your targeted organization, request referrals to other employers in the field! 

  • Should you be granted an interview, be prepared to answer questions about your background, and any experience you have in the field
  • Follow-up after any interview. Always send a thank-you letter or e-mail to the interviewer expressing your appreciation. If you were not granted an interview, follow up your application with a phone call, an e-mail, a letter, or even a visit. Your interest and enthusiasm will distinguish you from other candidates, in your application letter for a summer job.

In your application letter for a summer job, enthusiasm is the key!

Write your application letter for a summer job in the business letter format. Your address and email address on the top left hand side, followed by the date and the name and address of the organization you are targeting with this letter.  It should look like this –

In a competitive job market, holding down a career-related summer job or internship can make a huge difference in obtaining a full-time position. More employers are using work experiences as screening devices to assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees. Skills learned on the job supplement the skills learned in the classroom or at university. A career-related summer job or internship is likely to give you a competitive edge when you are looking for your first job.

Communicate your impressive qualities and qualifications for the role in this application letter for a summer job

Opening Paragraph: specifies how you came to know about the job opening and the post for which you are applying. In this paragraph you must briefly introduce yourself, and give the reason for sending the resume.

The Main Body of your Application Letter for a summer job: You can divide the main text into two or more paragraphs. Here you should include your achievements, qualifications, and any work experience you may have. Also mention any relevant knowledge and skills you possess.

Close your application letter for a summer job by emphasizing your enthusiasm for the job! Also show that you have done some research on the company, so that they will perceive you are particularly interested in working with them, as opposed to simply wanting to get a job generally.

Closing Paragraph: In the last paragraph, communicate the passion you feel for the job and say how you would use your abilities to assist in the future growth of the organization.  

Type your name and put your signature above it.  Putting “Enclosure” after this will indicate that you have included other documentation – in this case your academic record and the supporting references from your previous summer jobs.

Always read over this letter before sending it – two or three times – to be absolutely sure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors in it and that it looks as professional as you can make it.  If your cover letter contains any error, it will be discarded immediately!

Example of an Application Letter for a Summer Job

10 Sunset Crescent
Whitewater, Ontario
W1 7865
Mobile: 02814 907 611

May 10, 2012

Mr G F Tomlinson
Head of Recruitment
Bloomsbury Corporation
199 Oxford Road
Ontario WN5 708

Dear Mr Tomlinson

Subject: Your advertisement in the “Richmond Courier” on May 9, 2012, for summer interns. (Reference B16KS) 

I wish to apply for summer internship in the Bloomsbury Corporation.  I am writing this letter in reference to the advertisement in the “Richmond Courier” on May 9, 2012, for summer interns.  At present I am pursuing my master’s degree in management with Finance and Marketing as major subjects.

To gain practical experience in both finance and marketing, I have worked for two summer periods in Freshwater Supermarket. The first summer I worked as part of the Payroll team, and assisted in the implementation of a new management information system.   During the second summer I assisted the Manager of the Food Department in performing the whole range of activities, from merchandising and stacking shelves to dealing with suppliers and customers. My duties there  have included working with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

The Head of Recruitment at Freshwater complimented me on my communication and interpersonal skills, and these certainly developed throughout my work experience with them. You will see from my academic records that I am consistently one of the top performers in my university and I am very keen to develop my professional skills through getting experience in your organization. Along with the completed job application form I have enclosed my academic records and the references from my earlier summer jobs, supporting my work ethic and the positive contribution I made to their company activities while I was with them.

Bloomsbury received the top award for the industry in 2011 for developing staff.  It was judged the best organization in the area to work for, according to regional staff satisfaction surveys. I would therefore very much like the opportunity to be associated with Bloomsbury, and to contribute to its development over the next decade.

I would be very happy and proud to be part of the Bloomsbury Corporation for the next summer period. I assure you that I will use all my knowledge and skills in upholding the excellent reputation of Bloomsbury and in contributing to its continued development. 

I have enclosed my resume, and would really appreciate an opportunity for an interview with you, to discuss my capabilities for the summer intern role. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or mobile phone if you require any further information.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Tim Williamson


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More ideas for your application letter for a summer job 

  • When you are called for an interview, these are some of the questions you should ask, to clarify the job description and what your relationship with the company will be –
    Who will you be responsible to while you are involved in the intern experience? What are the working hours and how flexible will your schedule be with regard to your specific responsibilities?  Will you be paid and/or receive academic credit?  Keep in mind that some students choose volunteer experiences. What kinds of day-to-day assignments can you expect to receive from your supervisor and others? Are there any special requirements in connection with the work, such as medical examinations, overtime work, or personal expenses? Where will you be working throughout your experience? Will travel be necessary as part of your responsibilities?

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