Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to get into Graphic Design as a high schooler with little to no experience, you’ve come to the right place.
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- High School Student Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
- High School Student Cover Letter Sample (Text Format)
- 5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
High School Student Cover Letter & Resume (Image)
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High School Student Cover Letter (Text Format)
142 Facebook Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA, 94301 United States
March 21, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
341 Company Address
Santa Monica, CA, 94301
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Eleanor Guthrie, and I am a senior at Santa Monica High School interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design. I saw [Target Company’s] internship opening on Behance and think I would be the most qualified and driven high school student for the High School Summer Internship position.
As an eager student and graphic designer, I have supervised Yearbook Club design campaigns and formatted page layouts for the Santa Monica School Paper while managing AP Art, Intro to Graphic Design, and Computer Applications coursework with a 3.6 GPA. I am also a member of the National Honors Society and the National Art Education System. To further assure you of my qualifications, I have included 3 accomplishments from my resume:
- Created a Yearbook logo designed to incorporate school mascot and colors; opted to use coated paper in 2016, which improved photo quality and increased profits by 5%.
- Procured advertising for school paper, saving organization 25% in costs.
- Edited and curated photos used for school paper; increasing readership by 15%.
I admire [Target Company’s] acceptance of and willingness to promote avant-garde artists and their diverse styles in their major ad campaigns. This has inspired me to pursue graphic design as a career and taught me to believe in my creative ideas, no matter how strange or daring they may seem.
I am thrilled at the opportunity of learning under [Target Company’s] graphic design team and would like to schedule an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] should you select my application. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
1. Show Them Who You Are: Obviously, your introduction should include your name, high school, and grade, but you should also aim to impress hiring managers with a confident introduction. For example, our applicant starts out by saying she’s “interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design.” This assertive tone looks professional and mature.
2. Elaborate on Your Skills: If you’re a high schooler, you likely have little to no work experience. If this is your situation, then emphasizing the qualifications you do have is your best bet. Our applicant focuses on her contributions to the school paper and the Yearbook Club while juggling tough coursework and maintaining a high GPA. If you are not involved in any extracurricular activities, then mention soft skills that are relatable to your desired position.
A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter.
3. Mention Your Accomplishments: A common problem for high schoolers is filling up the entire cover letter page. Instead of using large font sizes or increasing margins, we suggest including 3 noteworthy achievements from your resume. The bullet point format takes up lots of space and sticks out from the body of your cover letter. This method will direct the attention where you want it.
4. Research the Target Company: A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter. Our applicant used this tactic to bolster her own credibility with the target agency.
5. Close with Your Details: You mentioned your contact information already, but it helps to mention your details again. Close with a request for an interview and thank them for their time.
An internship cover letter doesn’t function like a typical cover letter. In fact, it has to work a lot harder. Chances are that if you’re applying for an internship, you may be lacking in “real” work experience. But that’s why you need an internship, right?
The internship cover letter should focus more on what you want to do, rather than what you’ve done. However, don’t be afraid to add previous work or extracurriculars that you think may not be relevant. For students just starting their careers, any experience is good experience.
Internship Cover Letter Tips
First, start by introducing yourself, and state the position for which you are applying.
Next, give background information on what you’re currently studying as well as your intentions toward a career in that particular field.
It also doesn’t hurt to mention something you’ve learned about the company during your research, such as future projects they plan to work on that you’d love to be involved in or recent changes that reflect the kind of company dynamic for which you hope to work.
Use a small paragraph to talk about what you hope to do with your major and career upon graduation, and discuss how an internship with that particular company can help you reach your goals. In the final paragraphs, you can showcase your previous work experience as well as your extracurricular activities and volunteer work.
Finally, close your internship cover letter by providing your contact information in addition to your desire to work and learn from the company through an internship opportunity.
Cover Letter Sample
Check out the below example for a little more guidance on your internship cover letter.
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