Cover Letter Making Media Rounds

One job applicant’s cover letter is getting attention for its humble tone. An excerpt:

I am writing to inquire about a possible summer internship in your office. I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like (BLOCKED) to intern at (BLOCKED), but nevertheless I was hoping you might make an exception. I am extremely interested in investment banking and would love nothing more than to learn under your tutelage. I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.

However, here’s one banker’s reaction: “The letter is well written and makes you have great sympathy for the applicant. However, it also feels as a call for charity.”

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