I'm finishing up my freshman year in college, and have begun applying to various internship opportunities for the summer. Despite attending a very rigorous degree program, I still have less technical knowledge compared to upperclassmen from other universities.
I won't name the company in question (but you've probably heard of it if you know anything about aerospace); however, suffice to say they expect very dedicated workers willing to forgo the work-life balance.
While I most likely can't impress with my technical skills (technically, I do fit all the requirements in their application; but they seem suspiciously primitive), I think I can discuss my drive for success, with points such as
- skipping two years of high-school to get into college,
- approved to take two extra classes (one later-year class required an prerequisite override from the professor); something not usually permitted for freshmen,
- taking on two projects rather than the required one,
- studying and working on projects 80+ hrs/week,
- As in almost every class.
These are points that reflect my work ethic, and I'd like to put at least some of them in my cover letter. However, I don't want the hiring manager to read an impressive cover letter, only to be disappointed (and potentially feel mislead) to see that my technical skills are lesser compared to more experienced candidates when s/he looks over my resume.
How should I mention these points in the cover letter without disappointing the hiring manager after s/he looks over my resume?