A motivation letter is an introductory document that accompanies other application documents. In Kenya, motivation letters are usually requested by universities, non-governmental organizations, some startups and also some companies. Organizations that request for motivation letters are usually looking for something more than just qualifications in their candidates. They look for attributes like passion, sound ideologies, and a strong sense of purpose.
The difference between cover letters and motivation letters is that the latter are used when one is applying for something like a course in a university or college, internship or volunteering positions in non-governmental organizations and sometimes in entry-level jobs. The purpose of the motivation letter is mainly to persuade the organization that you are the best candidate to join them. In a motivation letter you need to explain why the specific activity, course, program, internship or volunteering opportunity interests you. Cover letters on the other hand, are used when one is applying for a job.
You might be already familiar with a cover letter and how to write one, this article explores the motivation letter and advises on how to write one, just in case you ever need to, or know someone who does.
Tips When Writing a Motivation Letter
Below is a short sample of a motivation letter for an internship position with a non-governmental organization.
P.O Box 2354,
M/s Cecilia Mzalendo,
ABC Outreach for the blind,
P.O Box 344457,
31st March 2016.
Dear M/s Mzalendo,
Ref: Application for an Internship Position In your Organization (Motivation Letter)
I would like to apply for a 6-month internship position in your esteemed organization starting in May 2016. I have a degree in Community Development and a certificate in project management. I was recently attached at World Vision for 3 months rotating within the projects, proposal writing and community outreach departments.
I have chosen your organization because the plight of visually-impaired members of the society is a cause close to my heart, since I have been brought up by a visually-impaired parent. I appreciate the work you have done, especially in the remote areas of Kenya. I would, therefore relish the opportunity to be part of a team that is responsible for positive and tangible difference in the society.
My course and previous experience with non-governmental organizations have exposed me to the glaring needs in our society; and I would be grateful for a chance to learn more on managing projects and teams, writing proposals, creating and managing budgets and giving back to the society, among other intricacies of working in non-governmental organizations.
An internship with you is of great interest to me and I look forward to hear from you soon.
Please find attached my CV and academic credentials for your perusal and consideration.