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Original Cover Letter Draft

The accompanying vita is to introduce myself as a candidate for the [SCHOOL NAME] school psychology internship.

I am currently a graduate student at [SCHOOL NAME] in the School Psychology program. [SCHOOL NAME] interests me as a place of internship because I seek to gain experience functioning as a change agent for students, teachers, families and systems. At [SCHOOL NAME], the purpose of an internship in school psychology is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a full range of psychological services in an educational setting. Upon completion of the internship (minimum of 1200 hours), it is expected that students will possess entry-level skills to begin employment as school psychologists. Field supervisors are expected to provide two hours per week of direct supervision as well as on-going feedback regarding the intern’s written reports, specific skills and interpersonal competencies.

As you will see from my curriculum vita, I have gotten a breadth of relevant experiences over the past three years including working at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with ethnically and economically diverse children and families. In addition to numerous other activities, main areas of focus during my practicum year have been implementing a behavioral intervention within a classroom using the consultation model (e.g. entry and contracting, problem identification and analysis, intervention design, implementation, etc.) while also utilizing motivational interviewing strategies; and counseling a student using evidence-based approaches (e.g. solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy). In addition, I have been responsible for collecting assessment data, implementing behavioral interventions, and monitoring student outcomes throughout the year.

I am interested in an internship within [SCHOOL NAME] because I believe my graduate training, field and related experiences, and skills have directly influenced my ability to work in the best interest of students. Through creative problem solving, critical thinking skills and innovation, I seek to personalize learning that meets students’ at their needs. Since graduating from my undergraduate institution, I have worked alongside children and adolescents by assisting in their growth to success and accumulated valuable knowledge along the way. Particular areas of interest for me are multicultural issues including social advocacy for underserved or marginalized students and families. As a student intern for a District Court Judge, whom presided primarily in juvenile court, hearing trials and motions involving custodial cases of the Department of Social Services – Youth and Family Services Division and delinquency cases, I witnessed numerous cases involving an adolescent who made one bad decision which affected/altered the trajectory of the rest of his life. From this point forward, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to intervening within children and adolescents’ lives in order to provide them with better services/options to further their success. I also would like to gain additional experience with crisis intervention teams.

I firmly believe in [SCHOOL NAME’S] vision to inspire and empower every student to learn and excel. I not only wish to be a part of this vision but I also desire to contribute my strengths and skills to your learning community.

Upon review of my vita, you will find that I have extensive experience counseling/working with diverse populations, a demonstrated ability to collaborate amongst/alongside a team (of individuals), outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills, and a willingness to learn more about new concepts and strategies that can aide my growth as a school psychologist.

The enclosed resume will furnish additional information on my background. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Revised Cover Letter

I am currently a graduate student at [SCHOOL NAME] in the School Psychology program interested in the [SCHOOL NAME] for a school psychology internship. I seek to gain experience serving on crisis intervention teams, and I wish to be a change agent for students, teachers, and families. I firmly believe in the [SCHOOL NAME] vision to inspire and empower every student to learn and excel. I not only wish to be a part of this vision, but I also desire to contribute my strengths and skills to your learning community.

As you will see from my accompanying curriculum vita, I am a qualified candidate with extensive experiences counseling diverse populations, a demonstrated ability to collaborate alongside a team, outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills, and a willingness to gain new concepts and strategies that can aide my growth as a school psychologist.

My breadth of relevant experiences over the past three years comes from working at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with ethic and economic diversities. Having been a student intern for a district court judge, a particular area of interest for me is social advocacy for underserved or marginalized students and families. I witnessed numerous cases involving adolescents who made one bad decision that affected his or her life trajectory. From that point forward, I dedicated my life to intervening in children’s lives to provide them with better options and services, and a school psychology internship in the [SCHOOL NAME] will help me accomplish my personal and professional goals.

To achieve this end, my practicum at [SCHOOL NAME] has allowed me to implement a classroom behavioral intervention using the consultation model (e.g. entry and contracting, problem identification and analysis, intervention design, implementation, etc.), motivational interviewing strategies, and counseling using evidence-based approaches (e.g. solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy). Additionally throughout the year, I have been responsible for collecting assessment data, implementing behavioral interventions, and monitoring student outcomes.

If you are willing to serve as a field instructor, you would provide two hours per week of direct supervision as well as on-going feedback regarding my written reports, specific skills, and interpersonal competencies.  A minimum of 1200 hours is necessary to complete the internship, and this time will provide me with entry-level skills when seeking employment.

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