How not to apply for an Internship – 3

Choice is yours; afterall career is yours

Continuing from previous post, I am going to talk about couple of worst mistakes one can make while applying for an Internship. I would also like to share what I think makes a good cover letter.

Below are the 4 Internship cover letters that I received in response to web development internship opportunity with Internshala in Delhi. These cover letters are prime examples of how not to apply for a summer internship. Not only your resume gets rejected for that particular internship, but may also hamper your chances for all future internships with that employer, and in some cases could do damage to your academic institute’s reputation as well.

Cover Letter for Internships

Cover Letter for Internship

Cover Letter for Internship

Cover Letter for Internship

When I read the emails above, it was very obvious that students had not gone through the internship requirements and had applied blindly the moment they found anything containing word “internship” in it. In all likelihood, the cover letters were copied from seniors or friends which made me even more worried. If the candidate does not care to spend 2 minutes of efforts on his internship application, what work and output I could expect from him during the internship? Please, please, please – do not do mass emailing. It does not work – it never has and it never will. One size does not fit all.

So what makes for a good email accompanying your CV? I prefer to stick to KISSS (Keep it Simple, Short, and Specific). An internship cover letter should tell me who you are, what you know about me or this Internship and why should I spend 10 minutes downloading and reading your resume. Of course, all of this in grammatically correct language (SMS language is a strict NO) is a must. This is how I would have applied for this internship –

Hi Sarvesh, (no scope for gender confusion and adds the personal touch)

Hope you are doing well. This is with reference to opportunity for web development internship at Internshala. I, XYZ, am currently pursuing my B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering (2nd year) from IIT Madras and have a CGPA of 8.55 on 10. I have worked on 3 website development projects before (Required advanced knowledge of HTML, PHP and SQL) for my college/another organization and all 3 portals have been well received by the users. The URLs are following – (Immediate hook for the reader as it’s all so relevant for him)

  1. Link1 (one line for each of the link on what is the website all about)
  2. Link2
  3. Link3

Given my prior experience and knowledge, I believe I am a good fit for the internship. Also since you are looking for someone to start immediately, I was hoping I could work from campus for next 2 months (all the questions on location and availability answered which shows interest) which will also allow me to make students in my college aware of the portal as they can benefit from it directly (again, shows the candidate has thought about what Internshala is trying to do and has additional help to offer)

My CV is attached for your perusal. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Look forward to hearing from you soon.



2nd-year B.Tech (CSE), IIT Madras

+91 – 96507 xxxxx (a good practice in case the employer finds your application so relevant that he decides to call you right away)

Hope this helps. If you disagree, have something to say, ask, critique or know of an internship opportunity that you would like others to know – post it right away! If you like what you read here, please do tell another friend.

And now that you know how not to (or how to) apply for internships, register on Internshala right away and take a step forward towards your dream career.

21 thoughts on “How not to apply for an Internship – 3

  • April 10, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    I actually dont disagree with anything but just wanted to convey my appreciation for the article! Will surely share it with frnds :)

    • April 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      Thanks :)

      Appreciate the help and wish you all the best!


  • May 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    i feel Dear would b better & not a Hi(ders dat respect thing as he/she myt b a senior or the owner if its a medium/small company and the formal touch is also der.)
    U hv more experience in all dis…what say?
    Dear Mr.XYZ,

    • May 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Whether you choose “Dear” or “Hi” but please do not use the SMS language while writing to the employers ever! It just turns them off – that’s my perspective.


  • August 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    the sample cover letter is very helpful, can you please provide us with some sample cover letters to apply for Research Internship.

    • August 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      Hi Naren,

      The provided example should give you enough ideas on how to make one – I would encourage originality :)


  • December 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I am a second year engineering student (IT – Department). I am applying for an internship for the first time, so obviously I can’t give references to projects or internships I have done before. So can you please guide me to make my covering letter a bit more appealing?
    I mean I have already mentioned my areas of interest ( eg. operating systems, networking etc).I would be greatly obliged if you tell me what else should I add.

  • August 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    You have written a sentence ” they can benefit from it directly” in 4th paragraph from the last of this blog.
    Is this grammatically correct ? I am asking just to clear my confusion.

    • August 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Hi Mukul
      The phrase is correct grammatically.

  • December 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Thank you for a great advice.
    I am trying to write a cover letter in English for the first time and I was having trouble how to write it. Now I know what to and not to write.

    Thank you very much.

    • December 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Hi Chang,

      We are glad the article was of help to you.

      Team Internshala

  • June 11, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Sarvesh,
    I want to apply for internships through internshala but I am confused regarding the manner of writing the answer to, ‘Why you should be hired’. Does it have to be in a format of formal letter or simply an informal write-up, e.g., instead of starting with ‘Dear Sir, Hope this letter finds you in good spirit’, can I simply start with, ‘I am a graduate and Chartered Accountancy final year student’? Kindly help me out as soon as possible.

  • December 13, 2017 at 12:58 AM

    Hi Sarvesh,
    I am a 3rd year Engineering Student (CSE – Department).
    I am applying for an internship for the first time, so obviously I can’t give references to projects or internships I have done before. So can you please guide me to make my covering letter a bit more appealing?

  • June 20, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Dear Team,

    Can you please post a write up for women who want to restart their career after a long gap.

    I, Reshmi Nair, currently residing in Kalyan (Thane , Maharashtra), took sabbatical from work after pregnancy. Now it’s been more than 5 years .

    I would like to know whether i can pursue a different path of career at this point, which is totally unrelated with my given qualification and experience.

    Qualifications : Commerce graduate with computer knowledge

    Work Experience : worked with logistics & forwarding company as junior documentation executive.

    I would like to explore opportunities in publishing sector in proofreading and copywriting.

    Awaiting for your valued suggestions.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Reshmi Nair

    • June 20, 2019 at 12:39 PM

      Hi Reshmi,

      Thank you for writing in.

      Yes, you can pursue a different career path through internships. We have various in-office and work from home internships listed on our platform which you can explore. Please find the link below.

      Work from home:
      1. Content Writing —
      2. Copy Writing —

      In-office (Location: Thane):
      1. Content Writing —

      Also, please visit this page if you wish to read various stories about women who restarted their career through internships —

      Feel free to write to us at or contact us at +91-8448444851 incase you face any difficulty. We would be happy to help. :)


  • September 15, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    “Hi Sarvesh, (no scope for gender confusion and adds the personal touch)

    In the above line of introduction, what to do if that person or employee is unknown to me? Is there any hope of adding personal touch to the introduction?
    Or I have to particularly use Dear sir/madam or Respected sir/madam.

  • July 4, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    Hi sarvesh,
    I am Shraddha Bhise, basically I am from Pune.I have completed my B.Sc from S.P college with specialization “Statistic”. Currently I m working in “Sane’s academy of statistic “. I have knowledge of R programming and Python.I have worked on 2 project like Santander customer satisfaction and big Mart data. Please sarvesh can you guide me have i wrote grammatically right?

    • July 9, 2020 at 6:12 PM

      Hi Shraddha,

      Thanks for writing in.

      Good that you’ve taken your step to improve your English by seeking feedback. There are just a couple of corrections. It could be framed a bit better such as, “Myself Shraddha, I am basically from Pune. I’ve done my B.Sc in statistics from S.P College, Pune. I’m currently working in Sane’s Academy of Statistics. My Previous projects were – Santander on Customer satisfaction and Big Mart on Data analysis. I also have fundamental knowledge in programming languages such as R programming and Python.”

      You may check out ‘English with Internshala’ here – for tips to improve your English vocabulary. Hope this helps.



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