Letter of Intent Sample

letter of intent sample formatLetter of Intent Sample is typically written by a student who is trying to sell himself to an undergraduate college/university, an athletic department at a college/university, or a business that provides an internship. The purpose of the letter of intent is a sales pitch. You are selling yourself and your abilities.
Writing a letter of intent is similar to writing a cover letter for your resume.  However, letters of intent are geared more toward student programs or entry-level positions.
As a student, you have probably spent a great deal of time researching the schools and programs that interest you. Once you have narrowed down your choices to the ones that you believe fit you the best, it’s time to introduce your best self to the right people. That’s where the letter of intent comes in.
So how do you write a letter of intent? Here is a basic letter of intent template:

1.    Determine the name and address of the right person to receive the letter. You don’t want to address the letter to “Department Head” or worse yet, “To Whom it May Concern.” Unless the letter is directly addressed to the right person, it’s not likely to get read by that person. A quick phone call to the institution or place of business can usually get you the information you need.
2.    Write the letter using the proper business format (see page ) This is not a casual, friendly letter.  It needs to look professional. Use a simple font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
3.    Introduce yourself in the first paragraph of the letter. Include what year you are in school, what school you currently attend, and any information that is pertinent. For example, if you are writing to the basketball department of a school, it would be appropriate to mention that you are the captain of your high school basketball team.
4.    Next, describe why you are writing the letter. Describe how you first learned about the school or program, and how you became excited about it.
5.    Now it’s time to state your credentials. Tell the reader why he should consider you for this school/program. This can be in paragraph form or a bulleted list of your accomplishments. Be specific and be honest.
6.    In the following paragraph, say some good things about the school/program. Flatter the reader, but don’t go overboard with flattery for fear of appearing insincere. Describe why you find the school/program so appealing, and how its strengths and your interests are ideally matched.
7.    Request a response. Express your desire for an interview. Make sure that you include all of your contact information in the letter so you can be contacted for the interview.
8.    Finish the letter with “Sincerely,” and your signature.
9.    Length. Keep the letter to one page in length.
10.    Proofread. You are trying to sell yourself, and a misspelled word or typo can look very bad.
11.    Revise and let others see it. Show your letter to a guidance counselor or student advisor and ask if it is well done. Make changes if necessary.
12.    Make a copy of your letter before sending it. In the event that the letter is lost in transit, you then have the ability to resend without starting from scratch.

Questions to ask yourself before you write Letter of Intent Sample :

•    What’s special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story?
•    What details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants?
•    When did you become interested in this field and what have you learned about it (and about yourself) that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to this field? What insights have you gained?
•    How have you learned about this field—through classes, readings, seminars, work or other experiences, or conversations with people already in the field?
•    If you have worked a lot during your college years, what have you learned (leadership or managerial skills, for example), and how has that work contributed to your growth?
•    What are your career goals?
•    Are there any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain (great grades but mediocre LSAT or GRE scores, for example, or a distinct upward pattern to your GPA if it was only average in the beginning)?
•    Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial, or physical) in your life?
•    What personal characteristics (for example, integrity, compassion, and/or persistence) do you possess that would improve your prospects for success in the field or profession? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics?
•    What skills (for example, leadership, communicative, analytical) do you possess?
•    Why might you be a stronger candidate for graduate school—and more successful and effective in the profession or field than other applicants?
•    What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?
General advice
Answer the questions that are asked
•    If you are applying to several schools, you may find questions in each application that are somewhat similar.
•    Don’t be tempted to use the same statement for all applications. It is important to answer each question being asked, and if slightly different answers are needed, you should write separate statements. In every case, be sure your answer fits the question being asked.
Tell a story
•    Think in terms of showing or demonstrating through concrete experience. One of the worst things you can do is to bore the admissions committee. If your statement is fresh, lively, and different, you’ll be putting yourself ahead of the pack. If you distinguish yourself through your story, you will make yourself memorable.

Be specific
•    Don’t, for example, state that you would make an excellent doctor unless you can back it up with specific reasons. Your desire to become a lawyer, engineer, or whatever should be logical, the result of specific experience that is described in your statement. Your application should emerge as the logical conclusion to your story.

Find an angle
•    If you’re like most people, your life story lacks drama, so figuring out a way to make it interesting becomes the big challenge. Finding an angle or a “hook” is vital.
Concentrate on your opening paragraph
•    The lead or opening paragraph is generally the most important. It is here that you grab the reader’s attention or lose it. This paragraph becomes the framework for the rest of the statement.
Tell what you know
•    The middle section of your essay might detail your interest and experience in your particular field, as well as some of your knowledge of the field. Too many people graduate with little or no knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the profession or field they hope to enter. Be as specific as you can in relating what you know about the field and use the language professionals use in conveying this information. Refer to experiences (work, research, etc.), classes, conversations with people in the field, books you’ve read, seminars you’ve attended, or any other source of specific information about the career you want and why you’re suited to it. Since you will have to select what you include in your statement, the choices you make are often an indication of your judgment.
Don’t include some subjects
•    There are certain things best left out of personal statements. For example, references to experiences or accomplishments in high school or earlier are generally not a good idea. Don’t mention potentially controversial subjects (for example, controversial religious or political issues).
Do some research, if needed
•    If a school wants to know why you’re applying to it rather than another school, do some research to find out what sets your choice apart from other universities or programs. If the school setting would provide an important geographical or cultural change for you, this might be a factor to mention.

Write well and correctly
•    Be meticulous. Type and proofread your essay very carefully. Many admissions officers say that good written skills and command of correct use of language are important to them as they read these statements. Express yourself clearly and concisely. Adhere to stated word limits.
Avoid cliches
•    A medical school applicant who writes that he is good at science and wants to help other people is not exactly expressing an original thought. Stay away from often-repeated or tired statements.

Letter of Intent Sample-Bachelor of Education

Your name
and Address

Name and
address of the right person

Dear ???

Both my mother and one of my great uncles were teachers.  I have vivid memories of visiting them and watching them settle in, usually with a cup of tea and a small dish of homemade cookies, at a table in the living room stacked with papers.  They would let me pretend to be helping, by arranging the papers in neat little piles.  This went on for three years and was, in fat, how I actually began to understand the basics of language, memorizing the first few letters of the students’ last names, and arranging the piles in alphabetical order.

I can’t tell you how clearly I can still hear my mother’s or uncle’s voice praising:  What a fine teacher you are going to make, Thomas.  Nurture and nature converging, you might say I fell destined to become a teacher.  I never really wanted to do anything else.

But it is not going to be easy.  To become a qualified teacher today is somewhat more difficult than it was in their day.  My first barrier is, of course, money.  None of my siblings went on to university.  To keep the family going, it was necessary for them to begin their working careers as soon as they finished high school.

With my whole extended family’s support, I was able to complete high school while working part time in Peoples’ Jewelry Store.  I worked there for the three years while I attended high school working in the stock room, learning how to receive and record incoming merchandise, keep inventory and even, occasionally, being allowed to work up on the floor servicing customers.  I think I learned as much working in the stoe as I did in my high school subjects.  The subject matter of those two learning experiences were, of course, very different; and I was much more engaged in my English and art courses than I was in learning how to keep the inventory records up to the minute.

This past fall, I graduated from Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School with an average of 84% overall.  I am especially proud of my English 30-1 mark—92% as well as my standings in Art 30AP (a 4).

I am very excited about realizing my dream of becoming a teacher by fulfilling a Bachelor of Education program at your university.  My family and my teachers of Scarlett, agree that it is a perfect fit for me.   I am particularly interested in working with computer-aided learning (CAL) in English with a minor in Art.  I have included samples of my work, a statement of my teaching philosophy, and letter of recommendation from two of my teachers at DEPS.

Thank you very much for taking the time to review my materials.  I can’t wait to start the Bachelor of Education program at ?????

Sign Name/Type Name under

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