Crafting a Winning Motivation Letter for Your Erasmus Internship


In this article, you’ll discover how to write an effective Erasmus Motivation Letter for your Internship

Importance of writing a strong motivation letter

In this article, you’ll discover how to write an effective and successful motivation letter for your Erasmus internship application. As a result, you will know how to showcase your skills, passion, and potential in your Erasmus motivation letter and increase your chances of securing a life-changing internship opportunity abroad.

Let me guess, you’re a student thinking about how to get the maximum from your internship experience ? So here is the answer – the Erasmus program may be just what you need. This program offers a wide range of internship opportunities in various locations across Europe, providing you with the chance to gain real work experience, improve your soft and hard skills, find new friends, and explore different cultures at the same time. However, to secure a coveted Erasmus internship it may look easy – but it isn’t, you’ll need to write a strong motivation letter that sets you apart from other applicants.

Don’t worry ! We’ll guide you through the process of crafting a brilliant Erasmus motivation letter and by the end of this article, you’ll have the tools and insights that increases your chances of landing your dream Erasmus internship.


Understanding the Erasmus Motivation Letter

Before we delve into the details, let’s first define what a motivation letter is and why it’s an essential part of the process.

A motivation letter – also known as a statement of purpose or personal statement, is a document that accompanies your application and explains why you’re interested in the position, what makes you a good fit, and what your ambitions. In the context of an Erasmus internship application, the motivation letter is typically the main piece of written material that the selection committee reviews to determine your suitability for the program.

It might look tricky, but motivation letter is not the same as a cover letter, although they may share some similarities. While a cover letter focuses on your skills and experiences that are relevant to the job or internship, a motivation letter is more personal and reflective. It should provide insight into your personality, interests, and motivation for pursuing the Erasmus program.

Talking technically, Erasmus motivation letters typically range from 500 to 800 words in length, and should be written in a formal and professional style. Be sure to follow any formatting guidelines provided by the program or your university, such as font size and spacing. Last but not least, don’t forget to proofread your letter carefully for grammar and spelling errors, as these can detract from the overall impact of your message.

Key Elements of an Effective Motivation Letter

To make your Erasmus motivation letter stand out and leave a lasting impression on the selection committee, it’s important to include certain key elements that showcase your qualifications, enthusiasm, and potential. Here are some essential components that you should consider incorporating into your letter:

Introduction and opening paragraph: Begin with a brief introduction that captures the reader’s attention and sets the tone for the rest of the letter. Don’t be shy, you might consider beginning with a quote or personal story that illustrates your motivation for pursuing an Erasmus internship.

Academic background and relevant experience: You are free to provide some background information about your academic achievements and any relevant work experience you have. Highlight any skills or qualifications that are particularly relevant to the Erasmus program or the internship opportunity you’re applying for.

Reasons for choosing the Erasmus internship program: It is important to explain why you’re specifically interested in the Erasmus program and how it aligns with your personal and professional goals. Don’t be lazy and do your research on the program and highlight any unique features or benefits that appeal to you.

Personal qualities and motivations: Demonstrate your personal qualities and motivations that make you an ideal candidate for the program. Discuss your passions, interests, and values, and explain how they relate to your future career aspirations.

Language proficiency: Since the Erasmus program involves traveling and working in a foreign country, language proficiency is a crucial factor. Be sure to mention your language skills and any experience you have studying or working in a foreign language environment.

Future plans and goals: Be very specific about what you hope to gain from the program and how you plan to use your experience to benefit your future career.

Tips for Writing an Effective Erasmus Motivation Letter

To make your Erasmus motivation letter as effective as possible, keep the following tips in mind:

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing your motivation letter. Give yourself enough time to brainstorm ideas, write and revise multiple drafts, and get feedback from friends or mentors.

Be genuine and authentic: Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not or use overly formal or flowery language. The selection committee is looking for candidates who are genuine, passionate, and authentic.

Customize your letter for each application: Avoid using a generic, one-size-fits-all motivation letter. Instead, tailor your letter to each specific Erasmus internship opportunity you’re applying for, and highlight the skills and qualifications that are most relevant to that particular role.

Be concise and to the point: Erasmus motivation letters should be no longer than 800 words, so be sure to use your space wisely and avoid rambling or repetition. Stick to the key elements we’ve discussed and make every word count.


Writing a successful Erasmus motivation letter can be a challenging but highly rewarding task. Remember to stay focused, be genuine, and take the time to carefully proofread your letter before submitting it. With a little bit of effort and determination, you’ll be one step closer to landing your dream Erasmus internship.

Click the link→ to learn more about the life-changing Erasmus+ internship program and take the first step towards an unforgettable adventure.

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