I'm an undergraduate student that is actively looking for any involvement in personal projects, internships or employment opportunities within my field of study. As a result, I tend to carry plenty of CV's with me wherever I go, just in case the opportunity arises.
Some of these on-the-fly applications are sometimes for positions that might even potentially make my future career, depending on the people I meet. Therefore, I'm assuming that a cover letter would be appropriate. However, the cover letter would have to be generic, as in not specified to anyone in particular, but rather just explains my enthusiasm for an opportunity in the field, and my qualifications/specialties.
My questions is...
Is it better or more effective to include a generic, unspecific cover letter with my CV for spontaneous applications?