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Sample Cover Letter Internship International Relations

The School of International Affairs' Office of Career Services offers a comprehensive set of services throughout your studies and extends into the years beyond.

Professional Development

Our office coordinates a set of professional development workshops, recruiter visits, career exposure trips, and presentations – all organized around helping you make the transition from academic studies to professional opportunities. Embedded in the academic objectives and outcomes of the school's curriculum, professional development at SIA is designed to help you think concretely and deeply about your internship and career objectives, strategies for achieving those objectives, and specific steps toward success in the process. The Office of Career Services will keep you informed of professional development activities as they occur, so you can take advantage of those that best serve your professional interests.

Resumes, Cover Letters, and the Internship/Job Search

SIA students can have their resumes and cover letters reviewed by the director of Career Services at any time. On our site, you can find a sample resume, formatted for internship applications. Penn State Career Services has tips on writing, and samples of cover letters.

Capstone Experience

Each master's degree candidate in the School of International Affairs chooses a capstone experience:  a master's paper (INTAF 594); or a supervised internship placement (INTAF 595). By authoring a master's paper, the student integrates and illustrates mastery of the subject matter of his or her curricular emphasis and may undertake original research under the supervision of an SIA faculty member.

Internships are supervised professional placements in which students experience the integration of their curricular studies in a professional environment. SIA has placed interns in professional settings with organizations throughout the United States and across the world. SIA's Internship Guidelines detail the baseline requirements for capstone credit and the academic assignment rooted in your internship experience.

Enrolled students have access to an expansive database of internship opportunities. Do not stop with this list – we encourage you to seek additional opportunities to match your interests, and the director of Career Services is available to consult with you and review application materials throughout your internship search process.

Career Success

Our graduates find career success in a variety of venues, including international organizations; media organizations; federal, state, and local governments; consulting firms; higher education institutions; cultural and educational change organizations; policy research centers; development assistance programs; foundations; and multinational corporations. Recent alumni have secured positions with a wide range of organizations including:

  • United Nations
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Embassies to the U.S. (Kuwait, Turkey, United Kingdom)
  • East-West Center
  • Woodrow Wilson Institute
  • Corporate Council for Africa
  • World Bank
  • Accenture
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Mashavu Telemedicine Initiative
  • UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Bank of China

Penn State Career Services

Penn State's award-winning Bank of America Career Services Center offers a comprehensive set of services to supplement those offered by SIA. Utilize the Nittany Lion Career Network to identify specific internship and job postings and to research employers visiting campus. Use LionLink to find Penn State alumni in companies, organizations, agencies, and career fields that interest you, and network with them for career advice and contacts.

Penn State holds several recruitment events and career fairs during the academic year. Two major fairs, in September and February, typically include several hundred recruiters seeking Penn State students. Smaller fairs occur throughout the year. Penn State Career Services also has a full complement of career workshops covering a wide range of topics. Visit the Penn State Career Fair website for more detailed information on these valuable services.

GoinGlobal is an on-line resource through Penn State Career Services of particular value to those searching for global career resources. GoinGlobal contains more than 80,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad including:

  • World-wide job openings and internship listings
  • Industry and Corporate profiles
  • Country-specific career information
  • Work permit/visa regulations
  • Resume writing guidelines and examples
  • Employment trends
  • Salary ranges
  • Networking groups
  • Cultural/interviewing advice

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Dear Sir/Madam,

With this letter I would hereby like to apply for the Master in International Management and International Relations program implemented by the University of Vienna, starting in September 2017. I am highly motivated young professional, and I perceive that this degree course will be beneficial for my future career. I am confident that my strong academic background in Business Management and Administration, supplemented with several courses taken in the field of international relations and development make me a strong candidate for this competitive program.

I hold bachelor degree in Business Management and Administration from the University of Athens, awarded with honors, among best students in class. Since I have clearly determined career goals, I would like to continue my education abroad, preferably in Austria, because I do not see that Greece provides enough opportunities for my professional aspirations. International relations are a natural choice for me because of my various international experiences, deep interest in other cultures and strong language skills in foreign languages. Since I am very interested in the issues of international development and management of international organizations, I plan to peruse my career in some International organization, and therefore I believe degree program offered by the University of Vienna is an excellent kick of point toward this goal.

I have sound knowledge of English language, which I have gained through attending language classes in UK, for several summers. Furthermore I have practiced my English in communicating with native speakers, and on the internship I have completed with UNHCR in Athens, Greece.

I would like to learn more about international politics, international relations and development, and after going through curricula of this Master program, I believe that I will have opportunity to educate myself in these fields. As this is an emerging area in terms of present developments on the international sphere, I would be glad to get the opportunity to become student of the University of Vienna, having in mind its renown name, and the fact that Vienna is a host to several UN agencies.

I would also like to bring to your attention that I have completed Erasmus student exchange program in Brussels, so I have experience in living abroad and acquainting with people coming from different countries and cultures. This experience helped to boost my individual potential and encouraged me to peruse my Master degree studies abroad.

I believe that with my work and studies I have a solid foundation, but through the Master’s program I hope to develop expertise in international studies focusing on the International relations and management.

Thank you very much for considering my application and I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Costas Papadopoulos

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