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Internships - Personal Statements

aeriaaeria Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
Hi everyone. Would anyone happen to have any suggestions for writing a personal statement for a summer internship? (Bio/chem) Is it basically like writing a personal essay for college admissions, or is there some standard form for it?

Also, does it make sense to include information about one's own background (in this case, immigrant, 1st generation college student, etc.)? Can that sort of information be a determinant in being chosen?
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Replies to: Internships - Personal Statements

  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    Personal statement? Essay? Do you mean a cover letter?
  • aeriaaeria Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    No, I simply mean the essay to be included with the Internship application (in cases of very vague/inexistent instructions for what to include in the personal essay.)
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    Why would internships require personal essays? Are you in high school?
  • HopefullyHaasHopefullyHaas Posts: 133Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, Ive never really heard of such a thing, but I'd just express my interest in the area, what youve done in school to exhibit this, blah blah blah
  • veryspoiledgirlveryspoiledgirl Posts: 445Registered User Member
    I've only seen one that requested a personal statement and it was PGA. I most definitely passed.
  • FaelivrenFaelivren Posts: 125Registered User Junior Member
    this is what I found from the Mt. Holyoke website:

    Cover Letters should be specific to the place you are applying to. You should include any achievements that will help you in your internship, skills you have (Including instrumentation you know how to use! Using specific names of internships shows your sophistication.), knowledge of the place you are applying to (such as a recent publication of the professor you want to work with), qualifications you have (such as being a minority, woman, etc.)

    Personal Statements are a little more general, giving your goals and interests, what you think is important, and how this internship/research will help you.

    so I'd say, use the personal statement to allow the readers to gauge what your motivations/reasons are for taking the internships as well as what you hope to gain from the internship... I suppose you could write about how it would impact your plans for the future/future goals.

    I hope this helps!
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