Sample Cover Letters For Employment At Colleges

College Counselor Cover Letter

College Counselors provide assistance and guidance to 3th and 4th year high school students who are interested in pursuing college education. These professionals assess student strengths and aptitudes and make college recommendations, as well as advising on admission procedures. Examples of College Counselor job duties include providing educational guidance, identifying suitable education solutions, recommending courses, monitoring student progress, handling case management, and providing support to at-risk students.

The ideal candidate for this job should be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities throughout his or her cover letter:

  • Educational experience
  • Knowledge of college admission procedures
  • Networking and interpersonal skills
  • Counseling skills
  • Psychology training
  • Effective communication
  • Computer competences
  • An interest in helping others

Those interested in a College Counselor job can check comparable skills and experience in the sample cover letter displayed just below.

For help with your resume, check out our extensive College Counselor Resume Samples.

For more information on what it takes to be a College Counselor, check out our more complete College Counselor Job Description.

Dear Ms. Powell:

Upon learning of McKinley College’s search for a new College Counselor, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. As an enthusiastic and motivated professional with more than 12 years of experience in academic advising and support at the post-secondary level, I am confident that I would be a valuable asset to your school in this role.

My background includes excellent experience in a counselor role with Adams University, evaluating student performances and recommending optimal programs and courses to help them achieve their personal objectives. Excelling at connecting with a broad range of individuals—including those from varying cultural and socioeconomic situations—I continually leverage my outstanding interpersonal skills to build empathic relationships with students and appropriately advise them on program selection and overall goal determination.

Highlights of my qualifications include…

  • Providing academic counseling and planning support to diverse student populations—including IEP students, ESL students, first-generation college students, and students of low socio-economic status.
  • Coordinating a full range of academic advisory responsibilities, including registration, event management, transfer credits, class schedules, enrollment/withdrawal, and financial aid.
  • Conducting academic progress audits to track and evaluate students’ academic progress and performances.
  • Experience in working with traditional, non-traditional, domestic and international students.
  • Driving the planning and implementation of student orientations, program information sessions, academic workshops, and other related college events.
  • Referring students needing extra support or assistance to appropriate site resources.
  • Guiding, mentoring, and supporting students through academic, cultural, social, and immigration transitions to facilitate positive and beneficial foreign student experiences.
  • Outstanding presentation, collaboration, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Holding a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of South Carolina.

With my strong background and my demonstrated commitment to supporting and advising college students to meet their academic goals, I am well prepared to extend my record of service to McKinley College. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this position and my qualifications with you further. Thank you for your consideration.


Nicholas B. Jones

Sample College Job Cover Letter - Summer Assistant Job

Tips and Tricks for Showcasing Your Experience

A cover letter for a professional summer position should highlight both your academic experiences and your past work experience, if you have it. Remember to include your academic concentration, especially if it's relevant to the position you're applying for, as well as your personal experience.

Cover Letter Challenges for College Jobs

How do you build a convincing cover letter when your work experience consists of perhaps working as a camp counselor, walking dogs, or volunteering at a nursing home?

How does that translate into a hiring opportunity for real work? Here are some tips from ​ on "How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience."

1.  Opening paragraph: Introduce yourself, specify what job you're applying for, state how you learned about the job and whether a personal connection referred you. For example: My name is Jane and I’m a freshman at NYU, planning to major in marketing. I saw a flyer in my department about the summer job at The Star Agency and my roommate, Tina Brown, who interned with you last semester, suggested I write. I’m from LA and plan to be in the city over summer break starting June 1.

2.  Second paragraph: Make a connection between you and the employer. Read the company's blog; review their social media presence. Research everything you can about them online. Then describe how your background meets the job description. Use results-oriented examples when possible.

For example: “I see you’re looking for a self-starter. I ran a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised $5000 to bring five international music students to our high school orchestra for a month.”

3.  Third paragraph: State how your personal traits make you a good fit for the job. Are you a team player, a leader, a problem solver?

Use short anecdotes to illustrate your examples.

Sample Cover Letter for a College Summer Assistant Position

Ella O’Donnell
Assistant Director
Boston International Center
12 Todd St.
Boston, MA 02215

Dear Ms. O’Donnell,

I am interested in applying for the Assistant Social Worker position at the Boston International Center. I am a Linguistics and Comparative Language double major and International Relations minor at Boston University, and would love for the opportunity to work at the Irish International Immigration Center.

As a student at Boston University, I understand the challenges of finding employment and housing in the city and I am very familiar with navigation and transportation around Boston. I'm eager to share what I’ve learned from my own experiences to help and mentor other young people who are looking for housing and jobs, a key part of this position as mentioned in the description. As a young person in Boston, I have both personal and professional experience with the hunt for housing and jobs, as I have experienced the challenges of finding my own housing in Boston and also interned with the Boston University Career Services Center.

In addition, I have strong communication skills that would be applicable.

This past fall, I interned full-time for a Massachusetts senator in the Democratic Headquarters. Coupled with being responsible for online research regarding electoral issues, I interacted directly with voters, politicians, and congressmen, sharpening my communication abilities on all levels.

As a young Bostonian, I look forward to helping others make the most out of their experience in this city. I am outgoing and personable as well as a responsible worker. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to speaking with you and learning more about the position.


Cal McNally

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