Monthly Archives: March 2016

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



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 |

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

Cover Letter for amfAR Internship

Ashutosh Mishra | 378 Mourning Dove Drive, Newark, DE 19711 | (302) 383-5352

March 6, 2016


The Foundation of AIDS Research

Washington, DC, 20004


Dear Rosenfield Fellow Evaluator,

I am writing to express my interest in helping your team at amfAR to improve AIDS health policy as an Allan Rosenfield intern. When I learned of the program through the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, I was impressed that its structure would directly allow me to contribute my own skills to improve AIDS policy. By researching, drafting, and advocating for AIDS policy with your policy team, I seek to further develop my abilities in the health policymaking process while leaving a positive impact on HIV/AIDS patient care.

I am currently a rising Health Policy Management and Political Science major, and have cultivated my interests in social inequality and health policy implementation through coursework in AIDS, immigration policy, and American government. I have acquired an understanding of AIDS in America and Congressional bill drafting that will allow me to better draft and advocate policy with your team. Through my immigration policy course, I gained experience as a policy advocate by working with the class to research and draft legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.

Additionally, I believe that my history of focusing on tuberculosis treatment will allow me to be an effective asset to your policy team. My experience with the process of analyzing data on patient feedback and outlining solutions of community outreach taught me to tackle problems from the ground up. As an independent researcher, I gained experience interviewing patients, creating my own methods of data evaluation, and extrapolating from my analysis to address the problem of TB treatment defaulters in India. As a research assistant for a doctoral student investigating MDR-TB treatment adherence in Peru, I am applying tests of statistical significance to identify key causes of policy failure and address the containment of drug resistance. I hope to translate my skills in tuberculosis research and policy to HIV/AIDS in America.

To quote Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My past experiences have equipped me with a skill set to best assist your team to improve AIDS care. I hope that I may change the quality of AIDS care for others by standing on the shoulders of your foundation.

Thank you for your consideration,

Ashutosh Mishra

Cover Letter for MSF

Sonya Seoyoung Chung

March 5, 2016

MSF Doctors Without Borders USA
333 7th Avenue,
New York, NY 10001-5004

Dear Selection Committee:

As a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Policy and Management and Chinese at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am writing to express my interest in the summer internship position assisting the HIV & TB Policy Advisor for Access Campaign. Given MSF’s prestigious tradition of excellence in and commitment to medical aid and medical access advocacy, I am eager and apt to intern at the office of MSF.

My aspiration is to work at a hospital in less developed countries, either as a physician, administrator, or researcher, to offer easier medical access and to educate the importance of hygiene, nutrition, and disease prevention. The internship at MSF New York office will complement my in situ volunteer experiences in offering me a deeper understanding of the essential and complex office works; my weeks in Myanmar, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Cambodia for medical services and volunteering provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with doctors and professionals of various fields to appropriately serve those in need of medical care and other demands.

Though my involvements may be of lesser scales compared to those of MSF, as part of the student government and as a secretariat of a conference, I possess the skills of taking organized notes, contacting other entities, and organizing events. Even though secretariats and historians may be the ones in charge of tracking events and meetings, I also took notes and organized them so that they were easier for our supervisor to read. As the class president, I convened with other representatives to coordinate various events for our class to participate. Furthermore, as the secretariat of a MUN conference, I cooperated with other positions to assemble the event and to officially contact other participating schools. My compassion and academic experiences have shaped me into a well-rounded, balanced individual.

I wish to partake in MSF’s Access Campaign to provide health care and various supplies to those with limited access due to financial and geographical circumstances, to prevent the prevalence of HIV and AIDs in third world countries, and to educate those who do not know much about diseases. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or inquiry. I hope to hear back from you, and thank you for your consideration.


Sonya Seoyoung Chung
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cover Letter- UNC REX Healthcare

March 1st, 2016


Selection Committee

UNC REX Healthcare

Raleigh, NC 27607



Dear Selection Committee,

In response to the volunteering position.


I have always been interested in volunteering and working in a health care facility so I was pleased to learn of your organization’s need for reliable and dedicated volunteers. I grew up watching my mother pursue a nursing degree and it inspired me to learn more about the medical field. Once she obtained her nursing degree, I shadowed her at her job and saw that working in a health care field was what I wanted to do. In high school, I was in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and we volunteered at all the school’s blood drives. I found that to be a very rewarding experience. As a student at UNC Chapel Hill on the pre-med track, I believe that volunteering for UNC REX Healthcare would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the health care field. I would be a great fit for one of these spots because I love working with people, enjoy helping people, and I am a fast learner.

My background of the allied health sciences allows me to have the knowledge of how to deal with patients, the knowledge of basic medical terms, and how to work with others. I know how important it is to be reliable. As a cashier, I learned how to communicate effectively, work under pressure, deal with sometimes angry customers in a professional manner, and how important it is to follow directions. I realize that with this position, I would have to be able to come in to my shift on time and be there every day, and I am definitely able to adhere to that rule. In addition to working with others, I also am able to work very well independently once I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I know that following directions and protocol are a must when working in a health care facility. Volunteering at UNC REX Healthcare would be the best place to get hands on experience in a professional and educative environment and I would be very grateful if you were to offer me a volunteering position. Some other skills that I possess that would possibly be helpful for this position include:

  • Teamwork and Cooperation Skills
  • Organizational and Time Management Skills
  • Know how to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Certifications in Microsoft including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and Access
  • Excellent Communication Skills

I find volunteering to be a very rewarding experience. It helps the community, the organization and the volunteer. It would be an excellent opportunity and life experience to be able to volunteer at UNC REX Healthcare. So with that being said, I really hope I am able to volunteer at one of your organizations.


Thank you very much for your consideration.



Elondra Harr

(919) 288-5629

411 Skipper Bowles Dr

Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Cover Letter for Sheeran Lab

9 March 2016

Sheeran Lab

Dear Sheeran Lab Coordinators:

My name is Sabrina Shah. I am currently an undergraduate student at UNC-CH pursuing a BS in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in Neuroscience. I would like to request an interview for the position of research assistant within your Psychology-based laboratory.

My interest in medicine began with my experience in medical scribing in the summer of 2015. I worked in documentation and procedural charting for emergency physicians in Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, NC. With this job I mastered medical jargon/terminology, diagnosis documentation, and coding for doctoral procedures. I learned to work quickly and accurately in the fast-paced emergency medical department. I also attained communication skills and extreme detail-orientation in dealing with patients and physicians, alike. My passion for psychology was motivated by the time I spent in the Behavioral Health sector of the ER, in recording patient health and improvement methods. Furthermore, I believe my zeal for clinical psychology will be an asset to my performance, if chosen to work in your lab.

I feel like I am a good fit for this position because my career interest lie in the field of psychology and if I am able to work on the various on-going experiments that Sheeran Lab conducts, I will be able to attain experience with the clinical and social side of psychology by doing paperwork and running participants, and the hands-on side of psychology by running software and configuring experimental products/data. I feel as though I have the analytical skills, and logical reason that the position requires through my past work experience with scribing, due to the amount of decision-making and quick chart-detailing that that I did in the job. I also have had experience with analyzing documents, so I believe I have the capabilities needed to be an asset to your lab. My acknowledged organizational methods and rewarded academic record shows my devotion to the things I pursue, and if given the opportunity I would bring these skills to the RA position.

I feel as though working in this position will allow me to increase my knowledge about the world of psychology and pursue my interest in psychology while also providing the lab with a diligent and passionate research assistant.

I hope you will review my CV and consider me for the position. I appreciate your time.


Sabrina Shah


Personal Statement-REU

I have always been fascinated with human diseases; specifically, the process of research to discover what causes diseases and how to cure them. My interest stems from two very interesting documentaries. In the fifth grade, I watched the first documentary, “Treeman,” about a man inflicted by human papillomavirus. This led me to become captivated with the rarity and range of diseases in our world. My passion was heightened when I watched another documentary in high school. The documentary was on the discovery of angiogenesis and how this influenced tumor growth of cancerous cells in organisms. The video showed the entire process surrounding the making of endostatin, a drug to inhibit angiogenesis. Endostatin was effective in mice, but unfortunately not in humans. This trial illustrated the complexity and limited knowledge we as humans understand about cancer and disease. I desire to further my knowledge in the causes and treatment of diseases, and I truly believe that the University of Iowa’s Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute can help me achieve these goals.

As a first-year Chemistry BS major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am currently enrolled in analytical chemistry lecture and lab (a sophomore level course). I have not yet had the opportunity to work in a research lab outside of class, but I have a strong desire to join one. I am excited to learn more about the application of nanoparticles and nanomaterials and their use in the health field. Specifically, I am intrigued to understand how the nanoparticles can be used to deliver drugs to fight diseases.

The three research projects that interest me are under Dr. Aliasger Salem, Dr. Sarah Larsen, and Dr. Jennifer Fiegel. The project most intriguing to me is Applications of Nanoparticles in Gene Delivery under Dr. Salem. This interests me the most because it is looking at minimally invasive drug delivery strategies. The lab is also looking at immunotherapeutic responses against cancer using various application techniques. I am thrilled as this project directly aligns with my research goals of investigating new methods for the treatment of diseases and it will help me explore applicable research for my future career endeavors. The second project, Applications of Porous Nanomaterials in Environmental Remediation, Catalysis and Drug Delivery under Dr. Larsen, is studying zeolite and mesoporous silica nanoparticles. These are being tested for use in drug delivery and imaging. Finally, Applications of Nanoparticles in Drug Delivery to the Lungs under Dr. Fiegel, is looking at targeted drug delivery systems for diseases of the lung. Both of these projects spark my interest as they are focusing on the treatment of diseases and new forms of drug delivery.

Admission into this program will allow me to advance my knowledge in the area of drug delivery and treatment of diseases. I will also gain valuable lab experience outside of the classroom. After participating in this research, it will help me to have a better outlook on what I want to do following my bachelor’s degree, improve my critical thinking skills in the lab and use the new skills to further my research later on, and improve my scientific reading and writing in order to better communicate my results.

My most important career goal is to make an impact on the research of treatment and drug delivery of diseases. In order to do this, I plan on earning a PhD in an area of chemistry and also attending either medical or pharmacy school. This REU will help me explore applicable research for all of my endeavors.