I'm an italian student,attendig the university, and I have to apply for a Work placement during this year, in order to complete my path and graduate. I have already found a firm in London and I would like to send as soon as possible my request. The point is that it's my first time and I have some doubts:

Should I send, with my CV, a motivational letter in order to introduce myself or this letter should be done only for jobs or accademic application like PHD and Masters?

I read this thread below very carefully, and I loved it!

A good motivation letter

Could be the first answer from @penelope a good structure also for my application?

Thank you so much!

  • This is probably more in scope of workplace.SE, as it is about a placement in industry, as fas as I understand.
    – skymningen
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 9:20
  • Sorry I didn't understand the the second sentence . . . What Does SE mean?
    – Fuboski
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 9:22
  • 2
    SE = Stack Exchange. @skymningen was talking about Workplace SE
    – Nobody
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 9:31

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I'd send a CV and a motivational letter - it might be a good idea to call as well if you are unsure exactly where to send it.

Penelope's answer is good, but recruiters can spot a 'template' motivation letter a mile away - I'd try and do it from the heart as much as possible.

Also, make sure you include contact details on both your CV and covering letter!


It's better to send resume and CV along with motivational letter. Here is a letter which might help you.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to you to apply for a summer work placement at your department.

My name is AB and I come from Finland. This semester I am studying at the University of Sheffield as an Erasmus Student. I study Human Geography programme with specialisation in regional development and regional policy. I would like to utilize the opportunity of studying in the United Kingdom and extend my stay beyond the end of the semester over summer holiday. My plan is to spend this time by work placement at a regional planning department. 

I have explored your internet pages, and I was very interested in the topics you are dealing with, such as the creation of Local Plans, Joint Structure Plan or Local Development Framework. I would like to apply for a 4-week placement in June or July, most preferably at the Department of Forward Planning. 

During my prior studies I have been working on several training developmental projects. We were mostly engaging with rural microregions’ strategic plans. During this projects I have learnt basics of regional planning and the creation of strategic and developmental plans. I also have a good theoretical knowledge of the European Structural Funds.

I think I could bring a lot of assets to your team. I can offer strong commitment to work. I am very reliable person who can work hard. I learn quickly and after short training I am perfectly able to work independently, but at the same time, I am a team player. I believe, I could enrich your team with my international background and perspective. 

The stay in Yorkshire gave me a good opportunity to get in touch with local environment and people, and, I have to say, I really got to like the region. I am excited by the pace of the changes, it is currently going through. The opportunity to actually take part in these changes would be priceless. Furthermore, I believe, the placement would really help me in my future studies and prospective career. At the same time I believe, I could be a useful member of your team and bring a lot of positive elements into your department. 

Please find my enclosed CV. Thank you for considering my request. I am looking forward to your reply. 

Yours Faithfully, 


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