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Sample Position Description and Cover Letter

Sample Position Description

Read the description carefully to analyze what is truly important to the company. We’ve highlighted some items in bold below that a candidate would want to address in their application.


The Intel Information Technology group is seeking student candidates to work in a challenging and dynamic environment. Our data centers are some of the most technologically advanced and environmentally-friendly centers found anywhere. They consist of tens of thousands of physical and virtual servers running on Intel architecture and support more than 100,000 employees in over 60 countries around the world.

As a student intern in our work-study program, you'll gain valuable understanding of state-of-the-art operating systems, virtual environments, system management, network storage and encryption while learning how to build and maintain various client/server architectures.

This position is intended as a paid long-term internship starting in early 2015. We offer a flexible work schedule (approx. 20 hrs/week) while you continue with your studies at a school within driving distance of our Hillsboro, OR campus.

The ideal candidate should have the ability to learn quickly and troubleshoot complex situations

You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Experience listed below would be obtained through a combination of your school work/classes/research and/or relevant previous job and/or internship experiences.

Minimum Qualifications:
You must be seeking a Bachelor's degree in Comp Science or Information Systems or equivalent.

Candidates must have a minimum of 3 months experience with administration of an operating system and with a development language (preferred)

Applicants must have a legal right to work in the US without sponsorship

Job Category: Information Technology
Primary Location: USA-Oregon, Hillsboro
Full/Part Time: Part Time

Why the letter below works:

  • It’s addressed “Dear Hiring Manager” rather than “Dear Sir/Madam” or something else vague. If you can identify the hiring manager’s name, even better. Consider sending them a hard copy of your application via snail mail as well as submitting your materials online.
  • The student found the opening on the company website, indicating a stronger level on interest than finding it on a job board. If you find it on a job board, go view it on the company’s website.
  • The student has several key strengths that make them a good fit with the requirements.
  • Experience as a military veteran is a plus related to both working in a challenging and dynamic environment, learning quickly, and troubleshooting complex situations.
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