Example letter asking for a placement.


Date and name and address.

Employer's name and address


Dear Ms. Wise

As a biochemistry undergraduate at the University of Kent I am looking for a placement within a pharmaceutical company from July to September of next year. I am writing to you as I understand that Biologics may have appropriate vacancies available. I have a strong interest in anti-asthma products which I understand is a specialty of Biologics, as I have a younger sister who suffers from asthma. As I live only 6 miles from your site, travel and accommodation would not be a problem for me.


Gives the dates available to do the placement: this is very important.

States why he is interested in working for the company & shows evidence of having done research

States that he lives close by so won't need accommodation: may give him an advantage over other applicants

I first became interested in the pharmaceutical industry through talking to a Kent graduate via the University Alumni Network last March Since then, discussion with my careers adviser has confirmed my decision to aim for a career in this field.   States why he wants to work in that field.
Through my degree course, I have been able to develop my interest in biochemistry, whilst improving my laboratory skills and my numeracy skills. I have gained some experience in HPLC and have good computing skills, having used several scientific databases. I achieved 61% in my first year examinations and and hoping to achieve a good 2:1 for my course work this year. While at University, I have also been able to utilise my skills in working with people through a variety of vacation jobs. My work at the Tourist Information Office was valuable in teaching me the importance of ascertaining customers’ needs and providing clear and accurate information.  

Shows his interest in science

Shows he's doing well academically

Shows he gets on well with people

I would be most grateful if you could consider me for any suitable positions within your company. I will be available for interview if required at any time up until Easter. I will be at my home address in Manchester from 18th December to the 4th January: at all other times I can be contacted at my college address. Please find enclosed my CV where you will find further information.  

States when he's available for interview

Mentions that his CV is attached/enclosed

Yours sincerely

John Andrews






You can find another example of a science placement letter here and a Science CV here

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