Application Cover Letter

The following document is only intended to be an example of content and formatting. Please note that a cover letter should be no more than one page long when printed out.

If you are mailing a physical letter, include the recipient's name and address and the date at the top of the letter.

For assistance with job search documents, please contact the Engineering Career Envoys or stop by during their office hours.


Ms. R. E. Cruiter
Human Resources Manager, XYZ Company

Dear Ms. Cruiter:

I have completed an application for the computer science co-op position (#12345) that was posted in the Nittany Lion Careers job search system at Penn State this past week and is scheduled to begin this summer.  I have also uploaded a résumé for your review.

The position requirements mesh well with my abilities and interests in web design. The job posting indicates a need for candidates with knowledge of various types of programming and software used in web design. The computer science curriculum at Penn State includes extensive coursework in C, C++, Java, HTML, UNIX, and SQL; I have already completed most of these courses.  I also have experience in using several web development software packages. My experience as a student computer consultant for the University over the past two semesters has given me exposure to both PC and Macintosh operating systems.

Please contact me at 814-865-5555 or to discuss my qualifications for the co-op position at XYZ Company. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Stu Dent


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032