Cover Letters for Academic Jobs

Producing a cover letter can be overwhelming, and the best way to get started
is by studying successful examples from your discipline and related fields.
This workshop has an emphasis on grammar, tone, and presentation of
ideas specifically for international students.

Purpose of a cover letter

  • Connect your skills and experiences to the position for which you are applying.
  • Show that you are familiar with the university (or company) and demonstrate that you are a good candidate for the position.
  • Demonstrate that you understand the conventions of formal academic communication.


  • Position for which you are applying and where you found out about this position
  • When you expect to have your Ph.D. in hand
  • Teaching: experience and philosophy
  • Research: experience and future plans
  • Enclosures
  • Tailor the content to the position.  Write a different cover letter for each institution!


Starting a Successful Job Search

Finding a job or internship can be a confusing and challenging process.  This workshop makes it a little easier.  While employers may be looking for applicants with diverse experience and the ability to speak more than one langauge, searching for a position as an international student can involve additional challenges.

An informational interview can help you to:

  • Investigate a specific career field
  • Uncover career options you never knew existed
  • Assist in narrowing (or expanding) options
  • Obtain advice on where your skills might be applied
  • Learn about important issues in a career field
  • Broaden your own network of contacts for future reference

Starting a Successful Job Search Summary

Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview

Sample Telephone Conversation Requesting an Informational Interview

Sample Letter of Thanks After an Informational Interview

How to Improve Your Academic English

How to Improve you Academic English

This workshop presents several techniques non-native speakers can utilize to maximize their success when speaking and writing in English. Participants can learn how to identify and overcome the most common mistakes and problem areas encountered by international students.

Make a plan for working on your academic English
• Set realistic goals
• Learn about the features of academic English
• Read for more than just content
• Use your new vocabulary in your daily life
• Favor frequency vs. length
• Making Pronunciation a Habit