Dear Dr. Van Dyke:
I recently graduated from XYZ State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. I have been accepted into the graduate at ABC University to continue my studies in the treatment of respiratory ailments and pursue a Master’s degree. It is my greatest desire to work with patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis, and for this reason I would be honored to be hired as one of your research assistants working toward the development of better treatments for patients plagued with this debilitating respiratory disease.
Three of my cousins have died from cystic fibrosis, and two others who were diagnosed as children continue to struggle to live with the disease. Because it has a genetic origin, I have been tested and found to have neither the disease nor the gene; however I am determined to make it my life’s work to be a part of developing more successful treatments and possibly even a cure for this devastating respiratory ailment.
I graduated with top honors from XYZ State and a paper I wrote identifying and detailing the five most successful treatments for cystic fibrosis in the last decade was recognized for research excellence at the annual meeting of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation last year. It would be my great privilege to work alongside a nationally renowned doctor, scientist and researcher such as yourself. I know that I could acquire valuable knowledge from working for you in your laboratory, and I believe such as opportunity would start me on a course that will impact my career beyond measure.
I hope that you will seriously consider my attached application, resume and reference letter from Dr. Evelyn Howard from XYZ State. I am more than happy to come to your office for an interview at your convenience. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your excellent work in the area of cystic fibrosis research, and I appreciate your considering me as one of your future research assistants.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This research assistant cover letter example is from a third year law student who wants to be hired as a research assistant at one of the law firms near her college campus. She is applying for a number of different positions at several area firms to begin establishing her career.
Dear Ms. Davis:
My name is Jennifer Jones and I will soon be starting my third and final year as a law student at XYZ University Law School. I am looking for a position as a research assistant during this last year and am putting in an application with your firm, XYZ Attorneys, LLC, in hopes that you might have an opening before school starts in the fall. I know that your firm is heavy on municipal, zoning and contract law and that is exactly where my interests lie.
I believe I would make an excellent research assistant for the attorneys in your firm as I have knowledge about the kinds of cases you handle and I have strong research skills. I am thorough and diligent and extremely eager to learn. Although I can always use money to offset my school expenses, the salary for a research assistant job is less important to me than the practical experience that I could gain from such a position.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in American History from XYZ University in 2011, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and immediately began law school. I have worked with students from XYZ High School for the last two years in their Mock Trial competition helping them make it into the state finals both years. During these two competitions I worked with and came to know one of your attorneys, Marcy Smith, and she has been kind enough to write a letter of reference for me which is attached along with my resume and an application from XYZ Attorneys. Talking to Marcy about your firm and the work the attorneys do sparked my interest and desire to one day work there.
I would appreciate being considered for a research assistant position at XYZ Attorneys when one becomes available. Please review my application, resume and reference letter at your earliest convenience. I am able to come to your office for an interview any time, and I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This research assistant cover letter example is from a student who is working on her Master’s Degree in International Affairs with an emphasis on the Middle East. She is applying for a job as a research assistant for a professor who is writing a book on Middle Eastern internal conflicts.
Dear Dr. Pressley:
I am one of your former undergraduate students and my name is Farah Khan. I took your Ancient Egyptian Culture course and your Introduction to Conflicts of the Middle East course both in 2010, my sophomore year. I am beginning my first year of graduate school working on my Master’s Degree in International Affairs and would like to apply for the research assistant position you advertised in the campus newspaper. My area of interest regarding international affairs is the Middle East and I believe I would be an asset to the team you are assembling as you begin writing your new book about Middle Eastern internal conflicts.
Although I was born in the United States and consider myself an American, my parents emigrated here from Egypt the year before I was born. My two older brothers were actually born in Egypt and we travel as a family back to Egypt at least twice a year to visit the extended family. Travel to Egypt has been challenging in the last year due to the recent conflicts, but we have still managed to make the trip.
I am fluent in both Egyptian and Literary Arabic and believe I have a unique understanding of some of the internal conflicts of the Middle East because of the fact that I have so much family there and travel regularly to the area. I have tremendous respect for your work and find your research to be thorough and your conclusions well-supported. It would be an honor to serve as a research assistant on your next book and hope you will consider me for the position.
My official application is attached along with my resume and a letter of recommendation from my advisor, Dr. Barry Sherwood. I can be reached any time on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I am available to come to your office for an interview, or participate in a phone interview any time at your convenience.