Sample Cover Letters

Click here to view cover letter samples from successful Brown Alumni* in a variety of non-academic career fields.

*names have been changed

While not focused on any specific industries, they all have the following things in common:

  • The writer indicates in the first paragraph why they are specifically interested in the position and/or the organization.
  • They highlight experiences and/or skills that are specifically relevant to the reader.
  • They emphasize achievements over adjectives. They provide specific details and stories that the reader would find relevant, without rehashing everything they listed on their resumes.
  • The word “specific” is used multiple times on purpose.