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Intern Architect Cover Letter

Intern Architects support architects and designers with designing new structures and/or redesigning new buildings. Typical work activities include identifying architectural needs, drafting drawings by software or hand, performing research, presenting ideas, and supporting all facets of architectural projects. The ability to professionally and courteously communicate with clients is essential for this role.

Our collection of cover letters indicates the following skills and abilities to be of value:

  • Modeling software
  • Hand drafting
  • Digital renderings and perspectives
  • Team collaboration
  • Client consultations
  • Project planning and scope
  • Creative concepts and solutions
  • Codes and regulations
  • Finish boards/presentation boards

A sample cover letter for an Intern Architect is below, mentioning comparable qualifications and experience.

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Dear Ms. Marshall:

Upon reviewing your posting for an Intern Architect to join your firm, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your consideration. With my avid interest and advanced education in architecture, along with my skills in team collaboration and project support, I am confident that I would significantly benefit your organization and acquire highly valuable experience in this capacity.

With a solid and far-reaching foundation in architecture and design—as well as my recent Master of Architecture degree obtained from New York University’s School of Architecture—my background has prepared me to excel in this role. Additionally, my organizational, communication, and leadership abilities position me ready to thrive in this challenging field. With this in mind, I am confident that I would make an excellent addition to your team and provide the assistance and creative insight that you are looking for.

Highlights of my background include the following:

  • Contributed to complex architectural design projects throughout my academic studies, aiding in the design of single and multi-family residential, health, and commercial buildings valued at $4M+.
  • Produced detailed, sophisticated construction and design drawings—both by hand and through software programs— for review by instructors, peers, designers, architects, engineers, and pending clients; creating finish boards and presentation boards to showcase design ideas and solicit feedback.
  • Selected out of a group of my peers to serve as a Teaching Assistant for the Architecture History II class during graduate school at New York University’s School of Architecture.
  • Participated in team-oriented projects and leading peers to project success while also excelling within more independent roles.
  • Demonstrated comfort and fluency with various modeling software programs including Revit, AutoCAD, and SketchUp.
  • Outstanding communication, organization, and project management talents.

With my previous excellent academic-based experience, coupled with my enthusiasm and dedication to achieving success, I believe I could swiftly surpass your expectations as your next Intern Architect. I look forward to discussing this opportunity, and what I can offer you, in detail.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Irina W. Sciortino

noodlespace - as one of the people who would read such a letter (and having read quite a few over the years), i'll offer a few thoughts:

 

first - and most importantly - i want to know you've taken a little time to really get some understanding of our firm. yes, this may sound narcissistic on the face but what i'm interested in knowing is why you really want to come work here. (and i also want to know you're not just shotgunning out resumes. never, ever, ever, ever do that.)

so, to get to this end, i'd suggest the following: personalize the letter. meaning, write to a specific person. get the spelling of their name correct (you'd be amazed....). tell me something about us that you find interesting - a project type, maybe a project of ours that you've visited - whatever. 

 

second, tell me about what interests you. specifically, what kind of interests do you have that you think would be a good match or help extend the reach of the studio. now, the natural reaction is: "but i don't know enough about your studio to say yet!". i'm going to say you do. we almost all have websites. we almost all talk about our work. we've had articles published. we write blogs for silly sites like archinect. my point is: there's enough out here for you to figure out how to connect in. that's part of the game - you still have to do homework. 

the most important thing it to connect your interests to our studio in some way. if you can't do that in the letter, i have to ask myself if you're really the right fit for us. could be - i'll still look at everything else. but if you can make that connection, it truly helps color (positively) the rest of your material.

 

also, don't worry too much about whether or not you have a deep work history (for someone starting out). i'm personally not as much interested in that until there's a need to hire someone to run projects. but if you have it, tell me what you did. even the mundane stuff. what i'm trying to see is less whether you were a rock star designer than whether you've seen some of the 'real' profession.  (and i personally wouldn't worry about stating salary requirements upfront - that's just my bent. we pay everyone and as well as we can, so you wouldn't be an exception)

 

finally, there's not going to be too many examples because, quite frankly, each letter should be a little unique. it's from you, about someone else. it takes practice - a lot of practice - to learn how to do well. 

 

good luck.

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