The cover letter is the student's chance to tell the mentors about themselves, their interest in ASE, or a specific position.
The general cover letter is required on the online application and will be sent to all three of the internships that students select in their application. It is also useful to ASE staff when applying students to additional positions if we are in need of more applicants for some internships. The general cover letter should be applicable to all positions the student is applying for - and should not reference specific organizations or positions. Instead, should be a general letter addressed to any hiring manager that may come across the student's application.
Students have the option of writing position-specific cover letters for one or more of their positions. When written, position-specific cover letters take the place of your main cover letter. They can be much more impactful because they are written to highlight how your skills match PERFECTLY with the skills required in the position for which you are applying. However, when students write position-specific cover letters, general cover letters are still required as part of the application. Submission of "N/A", or "See Position Specific Cover Letters" in place of a generic cover letter is not permitted, and may be grounds for application denial.
If the general cover letter is specific to a single organization, and specific cover letters are NOT submitted for the applicants other choices, the student may be deemed ineligible for the positions for which they did not submit cover letters. This is why ASE staff requires all students to write general, non-specific cover letters IN ADDITION TO the optional position specific cover letters.
The cover letter word limit is 3,000 characters, not including spaces.
NOTE: Make sure that your position rankings are final before you enter any position-specific cover letters in the application. These rankings are used to correctly match each letter to the corresponding position.
What should I write in my general/position-specific cover letters?