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How do I write a “thank you” letter for donors of the Unpaid Internship Stipend?

Stipends are made possible through the generous support of alumni.  As a requirement for the stipend, we ask that recipients write a thank-you letter as appreciation for their contribution. Your donor will love to hear from you and will be pleased to know that his or her investment in you is meaningful and appreciated.   

Your first step is to provide your Thank You Letter.  Your thank you letter should be addressed to <the donor> and should be uploaded via this thank you letter link by Thursday, May 25th. Please note that when referencing the internship stipend, do NOT call it Magner internship stipend or Brooklyn College internship stipend. It should be referred to “an” or “the” internship stipend.  

Below are some tips to help you draft a personal, thoughtful, and appreciative thank you letter.     

• Briefly tell them about yourself.  You might include your reasons for choosing Brooklyn College, your class year, major, campus and any community activities or leadership experiences you are involved in.

• Discuss your future plans.  Talk about what you hope to accomplish while at Brooklyn College, an expected graduation date, your career goals, or how you plan to utilize your degree.

• Express your gratitude for the stipend.  Tell your donor what this stipend means to you, how it will help you, and say thank you.  Be sincere and express your gratitude warmly.

• Provide information about the internship. They want to know that their money is helping out as it was intended to.

Style Guidelines

• Letters must be typed and signed.   

• Address your letter to the donor(s) or relative(s) of the donor that are listed in your award letter.  Please use their proper title/honorific and spell their names correctly.

• Keep the letter to one-page.

• Use sample thank you letters (as a guide but we encourage you to make this letter your own. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated.

• Have someone else proofread your letter to check for spelling and grammatical errors.  We encourage students to use the Learning Center in Boylan Hall.

After we receive your letter of appreciation, we will forward it to the donor(s).   If there are errors or the letter needs improvement, it will be returned to you to rewrite.

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