How to write a motivation letter for an internship abroad?

When applying to International work experience programs, or international internships program, fresh graduates are asked to send not only their CV, but also a motivation letter for internship. We noticed that many of you contact us asking what exactly you should write on this motivation letter, what kind of information, what kind of ideas? We understand it´s not always an easy exercise, since it requires to reflect in an introspective way, but always keeping in mind to whom this letter is addressed to. That´s why we decided to give you some hints and tips on how to write your letter of motivation for internship abroad. .

What is the structure of internship motivational letter?

Motivation letter for internship should follow the structure of the formal business letter, suggesting that your address and contacts come under your name, in the upper right corner of the page. Bellow, aligned to the left, write the name, function, organization and contacts of the person you are writing to.

When you know the name of the person who is going to read your letter, you should address the letter directly to him/her. If you do not know the name and contact address the letter to Human Resources. Under the receiver’s address, write the date of the day when you are writing the motivational letter.

What to write in the motivation letter for an internship abroad?

Try to organize your motivation letter into several paragraphs by presenting your ideas in a clear and structured way. Usually 4-5 paragraphs should be enough, especially since your letter should not be longer than one page. Here are a few ideas that can help you organize your letter:

1- Devote one paragraph to introducing yourself.

2- Tell them about your work and study experiences.

3. Do you have some international experience? Have you studied aboard? How was it?

3- What is your motivation to do an internship abroad?  How would you benefit?

4- Why should employer select you? What makes you different? What makes you worth it?

How to end the motivation letter?

In the last – closing paragraph you can put some of the following phrases:

  1. Please respond at your earliest convenience.
  2. I look forward to hearing from you/ seeing you/ your reply.
  3. If you require any further information, feel free to contact me.
  4. For further details, please contact me by phone or email.
  5. Thank you for taking this into consideration.
  6. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  7. Enclosed you will find my CV.
  8. I appreciate any feedback you may have.

Follow our tips and write your perfect motivational letter that will get you an internship abroad!

Good luck!


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