General Cover Letter Format
35 W. 2
N. Apt 205
Rexburg, ID 83440
January 5, 2008
Mr. Alfred Barrus
Cassia County Prosecuting Attorney
Alfred E. Barrus Law Firm
1918 Overland Ave.
Burley, ID 83318
Dear Mr. Barrus:
I am writing in response to the adoption intern position currently available at your firm. As an adopted child with
four adopted siblings, my love and appreciation for adoption runs deep. In addition to my passion for adoption,
you will also find my education and work experience to be an asset that will benefit your clientele and your office.
As a Social Work major at Brigham Young University – Idaho, I have completed a wide variety of social work and
family studies courses. I have also served as a volunteer CASA worker for Madison County. These opportunities
have increased my comprehension of the role of a social worker, as well as my ability to meet the needs of
birthmothers and adoptive parents. My experience has also given me ample opportunities to identify with and
understand those who are struggling, and to build trusting, secure relationships while maintaining professional
Nothing would bring me greater satisfaction than knowing that my skills and abilities could help place children in
secure, loving homes and fill the empty arms of childless parents. I have been inspired by your distinguished and
nationally recognized reputation for expertise in adoption. I would love the privilege of learning from the best and
offering my time and talents toward your continued success.
Thank you for your time in reviewing my materials. I will contact you next week for an interview appointment.
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