Daily Archives: March 12, 2016

Cover Letter for SMDEP

March 3, 2016

Summer Medical And Dental Education Program
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

Dear Selection Committee,

As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that has strived to combat the minuscule representation of minorities in the professional fields, I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the intern position available for The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. As a first generation student, I have experienced a rocky road but have overcome those limitations. Thus, I am confident that this program will strengthen my abilities as a student and future medical professional.

Specifically, I am interested in the program site at Duke University. This prestigious university houses an excellent medical school, and I am interested in interacting with professionals who have extensive experience in the medical field. I am aware that there are a number of clinical rotations, and I am curious to observe any differences in patient care from UNC. I’ve interacted and shadowed various physicians at UNC, but I am intrigued to view the differing practice.

Although just a first-year undergraduate student, I have realized how essential it is to aid others that may have had similar struggles that I did. This is why I have started to focus on programs that relate to this issue in some manner. Las Guapitas, a mentoring program that I joined last fall, concentrates on exposing Latino middle school youth to STEAM fields.

When I joined, the current leads of the program saw potential and recruited me to be a part of the executive board. Las Guapitas has not only taught me leadership and the essence of teamwork but to also recognize the importance of sharing what I have learned along this journey to others who may be enduring a similar one. I now understand how essential it is to increase representation in professional fields given that every individual has promise, just differing obstacles. My belief is that we have to start at the root; the branches may be more difficult to reach.

I am certain that The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program will enhance my current skills and enrich my knowledge. As of now, I have taken beginners courses in the sciences and mathematics. However, I feel that is still essential to learn how to navigate these efficiently and successfully. If helped in this aspect, my ability to reach my ultimate goal of becoming a physician will be strengthened.

Furthermore, I look forward to the possibility of joining this program. I am positive it will allow my fascination for healthcare to grow and prosper.

Thank you for your time and your consideration.


Ana Sofia Ocegueda

B.S. Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cover Letter: Health Promotion Internship

495 Paul Hardin Drive
Phone: (919) xxx-xxxx

March 10, 2016

Jason Horay
Medical Mutual
700 Spring Forest Road
Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27609

Dear Mr. Horay,

I have always had a keen interest in the health field. As a child I loved listening to my older sister describe new technological advancements in the medical world, as well as the challenges and opportunities for health behavior and wellness promotion around the world. When I saw the Health Promotion Internship listing on Medical Mututal’s website, I was delighted to be able to apply for the position as it combines my passion for the field with the requisite practical experiences and skills.

I am currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and intend to pursue a Nutrition (B.S.) degree from the Gillings School of Public Health. I also plan to attend medical school after graduation. My previous and current academic coursework consists of several foundational courses relevant to this position, including Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and Exercise Sports Science.

Additionally, my current job at the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) in the Department of Biostatistics has allowed me to practice and enhance a variety of key skills required in a Health Promotion Intern. Collecting and analyzing programmatic records and statistical data have made me proficient in Microsoft Excel and comfortable with different types of research software and work-flow processes. I have developed excellent communication and team building skills through regular one-on-one and virtual project collaboration with local and national research sites, program supervisors and co-workers. Completing self-directed trainings for all programs I use and website management functions I perform also underscores my ability to learn quickly and grasp new concepts easily.

Furthermore, my extracurricular experiences from high school can be highly valuable for this internship. As an example, being selected to participate in the North Carolina Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics gave me the opportunity to develop and implement the type of rigorous research project that would be necessary for this internship. Similarly, as an active member and leader within numerous non-profit and health-focused organizations such as Cary Teen Council and Manna Project International, I have worked closely with partners to promote, implement and evaluate different types of organizational activities.

The North Carolina Medical Society Employee Benefit Plan sounds like a highly valuable resource for North Carolina physicians and practices. Working as a Health Promotion Intern on this program will be a meaningful and enriching experience. Based on my genuine interest in the health sciences field as well as my educational and professional experiences, I believe I am an excellent candidate for the position and hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Muznah Khan

Cover Letter for Emory Healthcare Internship Program

Addison Frank


Mr K–
Emory Healthcare

Dear Mr. K–:

My name is Addison Frank. I am a first year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I would like to apply for the Emory Healthcare Hospital Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2016. I am a pre-medical student majoring in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. With my background and healthcare interests, I believe I would be a strong candidate for this program.

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to work in the medical field, specifically as a physician. I have gone through several internships and volunteer opportunities that have helped shape this desire. I began by volunteering with the VolunTeen program at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and working in the Emergency Department and the pharmacy in 2013. From there, I applied for the Future Healthcare Professionals Program at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for the 2013-2014 school year and was accepted. Through this program, I was exposed to many different careers in the healthcare field ranging from prosthetics to emergency medicine.

This opportunity opened my eyes to possible career paths for me that led to finding several internships. I interned with Dr. Bahig Shehata, a pediatric pathologist at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston and a professor at Emory University School of Medicine beginning in the summer of 2013. Through working with him, I was able to work in a lab setting and do research on pediatric cancers. I was also able to shadow a Dr. Bess Schoen, a pediatric gastroenterologist, and sit in on a surgery performing a small/large bowel resection. I have continued to intern with him every summer. I also interned with Dr. Laura Bleekrode at Alpharetta Pediatrics for two weeks in a summer internship program with my high school. Interning with her allowed me to observe the day-to-day life working in a pediatrician’s office. This internship made me realize that I wanted a hospital environment for my future career rather than a pediatric office.

Now as an undergraduate student, I am a part of Operation Smile, a club motivated towards raising money for clef palate and cleft lip surgeries in third world countries, and Global Medical Training, a club motivated towards educating students on medical careers through mission work. My spring break of 2016 I am going on a GMT mission trip to Granada, Nicaragua to work in clinics diagnosing people. My specific interest for healthcare now is towards pediatrics in a hospital setting, particularly OBGYN. I will be volunteering in a gynecologist office this summer at Northside Hospital.

For this specific position, I feel that I would be able to flourish as a pre-medical student. The project-based work that is part of this internship would teach me a lot about leadership, hospital operations at Emory, and grow my interest in health care. Because this internship is project-based, my background as head editor of my high school yearbook will help me handle the work and excel in working on projects. Through being an editor, I learned skills about organization, leadership, deadlines, delegating responsibilities, and creativity.

I hope you will consider me as an intern for this healthcare internship program because I feel that I, as an applicant, have a lot to offer to this this internship, and this program would offer a lot to me in terms of furthering my path towards being in the medical field.


Addison Frank
Psychology B.S.|Anthropology B.A.|Chemistry Minor


  1. Frank Resume
  2. Frank Transcript

SURE-REU Program Cover Letter

Kailyn Janelle Valido
411 Skipper Bowles Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

March 9, 2016
SURE-REU Program
University of North Carolina
CB #7108
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-7100

Dear SURE-REU Selection Committee at UNC Chapel Hill:

My name is Kailyn Valido and I am a first year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After reviewing the information regarding this molecular biosciences summer experience offered at UNC for undergraduate students, I believe that I would be a great fit for this ten-week laboratory research program.

I am a well-organized and meticulous student that is highly motivated. I am great at collaborating with others as well as problem solving, skills that are essential to thrive in this research experience.

The following achievements highlight my qualifications for this program:

  • A background in working with individuals in the medical field as I have participated in an internship with an immunologist, a Georgetown medical institute program, and a Congress of Future Medical Leaders convention
  • Leadership skills as I have been the captain on my competitive dance team for two consecutive years as well as a student ambassador in my high school
  • An admiration for new, unique experiences, exemplified by my high school intensive study abroad experience in Spain as well as my commitment to volunteering as a dance teacher and a retirement home assistant
  • Academic success, demonstrated by my position on the Dean’s List at UNC, as well as my past achievements as a National AP Scholar, RPI Medal Award Winner, and membership in several prestigious honor societies.

Along with these strengths, I am also extremely intrigued by the subject material being researched, which all fall under the umbrella of biology and chemistry. I am seeking a biology (B.S.) major and chemistry minor at UNC, and I am deeply intrigued by the multifaceted issues in the STEM field. I hope to go to medical school and ultimately become a physician, and I believe that this experience will further prepare me for the long and exciting journey ahead.

I hope you consider me as an addition to this program. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Kailyn Valido

Cover Letter for Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network

MARCH 12, 2016







Dear Selection Committee,

As a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Biology (BS) and Chemistry (BA), I am very interested in you organization, more specifically your 2016 Relief and Rebuild Mission in the Philippines. Your mission is to support survivors of calamities in the Philippines by raising funds, organizing rehabilitation missions, and advocating for long-term solutions to improve disaster preparedness. This really piqued my interest due to the fact that I am a native born Filipino and that I want to become a general surgeon when I grow up.

Tuguegarao is the province in the Philippines in which I was born in. Living there for five years and only visiting twice gave me an appreciation for the Filipino culture and made me realize how much I lost touch with it. Due to this reason, I have joined many Filipino-oriented organizations and groups. I am a part of Bukas Loob sa Diyos, which is a worldwide Filipino Catholic organization that aims to promote Christian and Catholic values through teachings and volunteering. As a youth leader, I am responsible for helping the other members of the youth grow closer to God and understand his teachings by leading many praise worships and activities. Additionally, I am part of Kasama, which is a Filipino organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that aims to raise awareness about and promote Filipino values, which is done through activities such as learning how to dance traditional Filipino dances and learning how to cook Filipino food.

Joining these groups has surrounded me with the Filipino culture that I had neglected to indulge in after I moved to the United States. Your 2016 Relief and Rebuild Mission in the Philippines is another opportunity that will help me become more involved in it. By participating in this trip, I will be able to make connections with fellow Filipino youth in the United States and obtain a better understanding about my heritage through firsthand experience. In addition to that, I will become part of an organization that will unite and empower Filipino youth and students across the United States. Other than reconnecting with my culture, a reason for my attraction towards your organization is my objective in life.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been interested in the medical field. The way that the doctors and nurses worked so hard and so passionately to save lives really brought me in. During the month of March of this year, I job shadowed a neurosurgeon for an academic-related assignment. I felt a sense of comfort and belonging when I entered the operating room. Ever since then, I knew I had to become a surgeon. However, I didn’t want to stay restricted to working in a hospital located in a developed country such as the United States. There were many other areas that are in dire need of medical attention. Therefore, my objective in life is to become a general surgeon who travels to underdeveloped and impoverished countries to provide my services.

Your mission trip is the perfect opportunity to gain firsthand experience in helping a third world country. After Typhoon Haiyan, many parts of the Philippines were left devastated. For starters, people living in the Philippines are not as privileged or wealthy as people living in developed areas such as the United States. Additionally, funding or help for this magnitude of destruction can be restricted. Due to this reason, this mission trip is very helpful. I will be able to personally help those who have been directly affected by the disaster and find out whether or not I truly want to become a traveling surgeon, while providing much needed help. As a result, this trip can become a learning experience for me and help define me as a person.

I feel as if I would be a strong candidate for this mission because I am very experienced in service learning and volunteering. As mentioned before, I am part of Bukas Loob sa Diyos. This organization performs a lot of volunteering activities. Around Christmas, many of its members go to retirement homes and orphanages and sing Christmas carols. Throughout the year, they travel to retirement homes and help the elderly out by performing tasks such as feeding them and playing Bingo with them. They also work with other volunteering and service learning groups such as Stop Hunger Now and Urban Ministries to perform similar tasks. Additionally, they host many retreats in where anyone is welcome to participate in teachings and worships to become closer to God. What I listed only encompasses a small amount of the services they do provide. As a member for about eight years and a youth leader for five years, I have been involved with a multitude of those activities. As a result, I have gained much experience in working with others to achieve a goal and have obtained a better understanding of those who are not as privileged as I am.

I hope this letter expresses my aspiration to become part of your mission trip and organization. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at enaj@email.unc.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration.



Enaj Joeyce Furigay

Biology (BS) and Chemistry (BA)

515 Paul Hardin Dr

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27514



  1. Furigay CV / Resume


Cover Letter for Enhanced Smiles

Dear Selection Committee,

I am writing to express my immense interest in the student internship position available at Enhanced Smiles Dentistry.  Given my past experience at another dental office during high school, I would appreciate your consideration for this position.  Enhance Smiles Dentistry is considered a great dental office I would greatly appreciate being able to intern here.

I was introduced into dentistry during my high school career.  At Highland School of Technology, there were different pathway career programs you would partake in during your four years in high school; I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the amazing dental program.  During my time up to college, I grew a greater interest for dentistry through different volunteering opportunities and community service.  I now attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and am working to major in Biology (B.S.) and minor in Chemistry.  Along with this major and minor, I am on the Pre-dental track in order to attend dental school upon graduation in 2019.

As for my skills and past experiences, I have done extensive amounts of volunteering and community services all relating to dentistry.  I have had the opportunity to serve in two North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) clinics in Gastonia and Charlotte.  During these two volunteering times, I was assigned many different tasks in order to allow the clinic to function smoothly.  For example, I was tasked to only allow a certain amount of patients into the clinic at a time.  As soon as they were in, my objective was to collect information on all of the patients and assign them where to go within the clinic.  Once these tasks were completed, my new assignment was to assist the volunteering dentists at their respective stations of either restorations or extractions.  These different experiences show that I am more than capable of handling patients of all kind and assisting dentists on simple restorations and extractions.

Along with my volunteering at NCMOM’s, I have interned with a dental office before.  I have had positive feedback from the dental office for I always arrived at the office on time, came with a positive attitude, and completed all tasks that had been given to me.  Since this is a student internship position, I feel I am a great candidate and will be an excellent choice for it.  This internship will not only allow me to hone my skills in dentistry, but will further increase my passion for dentistry.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.


Brian Koo

(704) 898-7291
555 Paul Hardin Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cover Letter for Life Healthcare

Dear Selection Committee,

My name is Ashton Harris and I am a current freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am glad to apply for the study abroad internship in South Africa, specifically the administrative position with Life Healthcare Children Hospital Group.

Before entering college, I always knew that my interests lie in the healthcare system, whether as a physician or a medical administrator. My passion for medicine was motivated by several fortunate research and shadowing experiences in medicine. In one experience, I assisted Dr. Betsy Davis, a biostatistician working on a scientific study with speech pathologists. She was responsible for ensuring maximum accuracy and precision of the results. I was amazed to learn the importance of ancillary research to the practice of medicine. Overall, I realized the significance and opportunities that come along with a degree in public health. This internship with Life Healthcare Children will give me a greater appreciation for UNC’s several outlets for students to express their interest and passion in public health and premedical fields.

In regards to my personality, I am a very pragmatic person who has learned how to balance logic and emotion. I feel that being logical is very important in a health career, however, one must display empathy in order to improve one’s people management skills. In high school, I applied my pragmatic personality by attaining leadership positions in various clubs and organizations. Being in multiple administrative positions has taught me the importance of voicing the opinion of your colleagues in executive roles; it is important to do what is best for your company, organization, etc., but one must also consider the opinions of others. I believe that this skill will prove to be an important asset in my pursuit of a health policy and management degree.

Specifically to this program, I feel that my communication and consideration skills would benefit my effectiveness in the social work department at Life Healthcare Children. While meeting with parents to discuss financial and emotional distress, I would be able to comfort the child and ensure him or her that her opinions are important and will be taken into account in each medical decision. I have experience with reasoning with others, of multiple ages, which would prove to be useful in this specific program. At the same time, I believe that this internship would allow personal growth by taking me out of comfort zone with the American health care system. Instead, I would have the opportunity to grow personally by being introduced to an unfamiliar culture while also gaining more knowledge about diverse health care systems.

Overall, I feel that this opportunity will allow an ideal outlet for my strengths, while teaching me more about myself and my passion for healthcare.

Thank you so much for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Ashton Harris



1910 Granville Towers Ln West

Cover Letter for Administrative Internship at UNC Hospitals

Christopher Piccirillo


281 Raleigh Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: (919)-709-2949

Email: christopher.pic77@gmail.com


Dear Selection Committee,

I am writing to apply for the administrative internship position offered over the summer at UNC hospitals.  Immediately upon being introduced to this opportunity by my English professor, I knew that I wanted to apply, as it suits my passion for medicine, my teamwork and communication skills, as well as my career goal of working as a doctor overseas.

Currently I am a freshman on the pre-med track at UNC at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in chemistry as well as a B.A. in German.  I am passionate about languages and communication as I feel that effective communication skills can improve any system, especially the fast-paced medical system within hospitals.  This internship would allow me to understand and work in the administrative part of the medical field, gaining a more holistic view of communication in medicine.  This would improve the way I relate to patients in my future medical career.

I am familiar with the demands and responsibilities of an administrative position and I feel that I would be a valuable asset for the administration of any department.  As President of my high school I was often tasked with the responsibility of writing surveys and collecting data about the effectiveness of various administrative efforts.  It was my role to then organize this data into a visual display and present it to the principal team.  As a result, I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, necessary knowledge in any position, but especially in an administrative position.  This experience and skill set acquired in my role as School President will allow me to effectively convey the results of the study I will conduct during the internship via an end-of-summer presentation to my department.  Data analysis, however, is not the only form of communication my high school experience prepared me for.

As an orator at school functions and member of the school debating team for three years, my verbal communication skills have been well fostered.  Administration consists heavily of communication of expectations and instructions to colleagues, and the more experienced one is in the ability to communicate verbally, the more effective one’s administrative techniques are.  However, while oral communication is crucial in administration, without teamwork even the most effective communication may break down.

While in high school, I participated in a number of activities that challenged me to develop my teamwork skills to a high degree.  During state-wide debate competitions, my team and I were given the topic of the debate an hour before.  In 60 minutes, it was our job to break down the topic into separate, more manageable issues, distribute these among each speaker and then write a draft of our speeches.  Under such stressful conditions, my team was able to reach the position of top eighth in the state.  Three years on the debate team has prepared me well for working in teams and has developed my ability to be personable, cooperative and reason on the spot, even under pressure. Such skills are coveted in an administrative setting as they enhance efficiency and team cohesiveness, despite the often stressful environment so common in hospitals.

While on my High School’s Chemistry Titration Team, I was able to enhance my teamwork skills in a formal lab setting, and was given the opportunity to develop a strong sense of administrative laboratory experience.  In organizing and leading titration team practice, I became familiar with the demands of lab administration: understanding and being aware of everyone in the lab and each of their separate tasks and the proper procedures that they should adhere to.  At times it was challenging, but it allowed me to broaden my teamwork and administrative ability to a real world setting.  This is exactly the reason I am applying for this internship – to enhance my developing skill set in a more practical setting that allows me to benefit a system which enthuses me.

Through this internship I hope to gain valuable insight into the behind the scenes administrative work necessary to support any medical system.  After medical school, I am planning on practicing medicine overseas, where availability of medical supplies and personnel are sparse and I expect that the administrative experience gained from this internship would equip me well for such a task.

I thank you for your consideration.


Christopher Piccirillo

Undergraduate at UNC-CH School of Arts and Sciences

Connor #413

Chapel Hill, NC 27514



Cover Letter: UNC Administrative Internship Program

Ellen Davis | 403 Nantucket Drive | 919-XXX-XXXX | ellenmd@live.unc.edu

March 11, 2016

Charnae Rogers
UNC Hospitals Administrative Internship Program
UNC Hospitals Executive Office
101 Manning Drive
Campus Box 7600
Medical School Wing E
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-7600

Dear Ms. Rogers:

As a first year undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I became aware very quickly of the prominence of UNC Hospital on campus. Daily I hear helicopters and the EMS rushing people to this cornerstone. When I discovered an internship related to my future career goals that would allow me to work at this campus hub, I was elated and excited to apply.

My name is Ellen Davis and I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a focus in Biostatistics. After attaining my bachelors, I plan to complete a master’s degree in statistical analysis. The UNC Administrative Internship Program is a perfect fit for me because it provides exposure to the workings of a hospital through performance of administrative duties while at the same time allowing me to sharpen my analytical skills through analysis of different trends of hospital data.

While this internship would fulfill many of my hopes, I feel that I would also be an asset to the program. I have had experience with administrative internships and data analysis. During the summer of 2013 I completed a paid internship under Chief Justice Mark Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. I worked 40 hours a week and performed many administrative duties like shelving books, scanning papers, printing copies, and running errands in order to keep the library running smoothly. Also, I gained much experience with data analysis and identifying trend data through AP Statistics.

Additionally, I have experience with independent work. I was a member of Key Club, a volunteer-based club, for three years in high school. During those years, I was elected to the Key Club board twice, serving as Projects Chair junior year and Secretary/Treasurer senior year. My time on the board improved my collaboration and decision-making skills. As projects chair, I was expected independently to contact different organizations and find volunteer opportunities for the club. This position polished my communication skills and led to my increased activity in my community.

The UNC Hospital Administrative internship fully aligns with my career goals and would be a valuable experience for me. Furthermore, I am excited at the possibility of this internship and the skills I could gain from it.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Ellen Davis
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biostatistics Major | Class of 2019