Those are the 3 important elements to have at a very high level, if I receive an internship request and the CV or motivation letter or (worst) the portfolio is not so good…well that is it, I stop it having no interest to go on.The CV
The CV must be good, very professional, precise without lies (we see them right away). The CV can have a nice editorial graphic same as your business card. The CV does not have to have your photo! For more info about CV read my article “To get a job start from a good CV ”
The motivation or cover letter
The motivation letter is very important for some companies like french and american ones, it is a letter in which the candidate presents him/herself to explaine what really motivates him or her to apply for that particular company. You can immagine that letters that say “I would love to join your very well known company to feel very proud of…” are not very professionals. What to write? Present yourself, very breafly like a big paragraph plus a conclusion statement. In that paragraph you have to be able to convey the message you have in mind without over making it. This is a letter that, because of its nature and length, will be written and re-written several times before sending the right one.
The mini portfolio
When we receive mini portfolios with internship requests we start selecting the best ones ( at least for us), after we contact those we would like to meet for a person to person evaluation with a more complete portfolio, at the end of this processus we decide who (according to places availables) will gain the internship.