44 SIPA Guide to Careers in International and Public Affairs
Sample Cover Letter Requesting a Full-Time Position
533 West 112
New York, NY 10025
March 5, 2004
Mr. Akira Arioshi, Country Manager
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
Dear Mr. Arioshi:
I am writing because of my strong interest in obtaining a project associate
position with your organization, particularly in the Prague office. Richard Stern,
who was my professor at the Central European University in Prague, suggested
that I write to you. I have also learned about your organization's activities during
my work with the National Agency for Privatization (NAP) of Romania, and I am
particularly familiar with the technical assistance programs that your organization
undertook in my country.
I am interested in applying for work with the European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development because of your work in the Czech Republic, particularly in
reforming the state sector. I am especially impressed by the flexibility and
efficiency of EBRD, given that it is a relatively new organization, and am also
aware of the expertise and excellent work of your staff.
As you can see from my enclosed resume, after working with the National
Agency for Privatization, I studied and worked for one year at the Central
European University in Prague. I have also published several papers on
privatization in the region. I am currently a graduate student at the School of
International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. My areas
of specialization include International Economic Policy and Eastern Europe. My
course work has provided me with the skills necessary for a better understanding
of economic transformation in the region. I believe that my practical experience
and my academic training would thus allow me to contribute to your organization.
I would very much appreciate the opportunity of an interview. I will be in Prague
between 12 and 16 March, and then in Bucharest until 22 March. I will plan to
call your office during the week of 8-12 March to see if an interview would be
possible and make any other arrangements. In the meantime, please feel free to
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to talking with you soon.
Reference to personal
contact and immediate
explanation of interest
make this an effective first
paragraph. It should
mention current graduate
Rather than offering
general praise, give
specific examples of
projects you were
impressed by and why.
Give specific examples of
particularly if not included
in your resume.
Good example of definite
follow-up plans. Be sure
to execute them exactly!