College Kid's Amazing, Plucky Cover Letter For Wall Street Internship Goes Viral

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By Julia La Roche and Joe Weisenthal

Sometimes we get forwarded applications for summer internships on Wall Street that are extremely embarrassing because the applicant is totally full of themselves or completely clueless. What happens is the letters go viral and the Street passes them around in long email chains blasting the applicant. They're always funny, but a little bit sad.

That's exactly what we thought was going to happen today when we received this one in our inbox. It turns that the cover letter originally sent to a boutique investment bank is exactly the opposite.

The cover letter below is unapologetically honest and people on Wall Street are calling it one of the best letters they have seen. Everyone on the thread agrees the letter shows energy and pluck and honesty.

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How about you hire a kid with a strong work ethic, a top education, and a passion for your particular line of business? Honestly, most Ivy-leaguers or top 20 kids bust their asses to get into a good school and have dedicated time to getting work experience at other firms/businesses. Passing them up for being "dishonest" (or whatever label you may ascribe to them) is foolish. There are many kids who, like this one, major in finance at not so amazing universities and have less than stellar work experience; I can't comprehend how any of them could genuinely hope to land a job/internship without write an essay exactly like this one. My point? This kid isn't that unique. The only reason this kid is "honest" is that he has little else to justify an acceptance for this internship. The language is pretty basic in it's attempts at emotional manipulation, and aside from that, is fairly cliche and uninspiring. The kid is not special in any way, but wants to get into investment banking because he works hard (like most other applicants). Honestly, if a kid telling you that he's an under-qualified applicant makes him an "instant classic" in your eyes, then I hope your business fails.

January 30 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Remember the Will Smith movie, "Pursuit Of Happiness" ? This was based on a real life man who had nothing to offer on paper but was so empowering at the interview that he got an opportunity to work in a stock brokerage firm on Wall Street. His determination and eventual success made him rich.

I believe that this young job applicant will work harder and with more success than the run of the mill job applicants with experience.

Best of luck to him. I would like to see followups when he is hired by a company.

January 19 2013 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for him,I hope he gets the job of his dreams.

January 19 2013 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honesty. I hope it gets hired.

January 19 2013 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes - the boy is great - the people who pass these emails around to laugh at them are not so great - arrogant sobs

January 18 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This boy is a genius. Hope he was hired

January 18 2013 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He spounds like someone who really wants to work, instead of just waiting for PopStar MESSiah to give them entitlements.

January 18 2013 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Poor kid.

January 18 2013 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great, but it really only works once. After this is public, a million of the same emails will be seen. Hope the young person got an internship.

January 18 2013 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you don't lie, it will come back to you.

Thank you, Jesuits, for the blessed training you gave me !!!! The truth is the truth and will always be on your side.

January 18 2013 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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