- Keep it short and simple. Add a short p.s. notation at the end if there’s something specific that you want to stand out.
- Mention specific challenges or pieces of news involving the company that proves you’ve done your research and are serious about the position.
- Get feedback from friends or a trusted mentor before sending your letter to a prospective employer.
The cover letter is your introduction to employers. It should be a brief and direct note that’s tailored to the position and firm you’re targeting. Whenever possible, address it to a specific person by name, ideally the hiring manager for the job.
Cover letters should convey why you are writing and how the firm could benefit from hiring you. Before you begin writing, do some research on the employer to help you come up with ideas to make it original. A letter that shows you’ve done your homework and understand the company’s specific challenges can be a powerful differentiator.
Make sure your cover letters accurately reflect your personality. For instance, don’t send forward, aggressive letters if you’re introverted and laid-back. And try letting others sing your praises. If a former supervisor still maintains to this day that you’re the best at something, include a quote from him or her, the person’s name and title.
It’s generally recommended not to mention salary in cover letters. Employers will typically ask for your salary requirements in a phone screening or during the interview process. But if you’re responding to an ad that requests this information, cite a range or acknowledge the request and add that you’ll be glad to discuss compensation during an interview.
Finally, ask a trusted friend, mentor or career adviser to review your cover letters before sending them to make sure they lack typos and read smoothly.
Winter Reporting Internship Covering Science and Health Care for The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is seeking undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students who intend to pursue a career in science journalism.
This is a 10-week, full-time paid internship that would start in January or February. It cannot be completed while taking classes. The internship will be based in New York with WSJ's Health & Science bureau.
Include a cover letter, resume and up to six published samples of your work in your online application, which is due no later than midnight Eastern time Nov. 15, 2017. Only finalists will be contacted.
The screening process puts heavy emphasis on journalistic experience. A science background or familiarity with research would be a plus but is not required. Most of those chosen have had prior internships at other large media organizations, as well as experience writing for a campus publication or as a freelancer.
Interns work closely with reporters and editors to deliver prompt, accurate reporting of science news. Interns write spot stories based on scientific studies; explanatory pieces that analyze science angles related to breaking news; and features that uncover trends in various fields of science from biology to environmental science to nanotechnology, among other projects. Interns are expected to generate their own story ideas and follow them through to completion supervision and guidance from an editor.
WSJ interns should be self-starters with the ability to help develop video, graphics and social-media content to reach readers on all of our digital and print platforms. Dedication to high journalism standards and excellent writing skills are required. Candidates should have prior reporting experience and a demonstrated interest in science news as well as the ability to work independently and under deadline pressure.
Requisition ID 2017-30482
Business Area NEWS/WSJ
Job Area1 News