Write a persuasive essay explaining why an internship/research program should admit you. Successful personal statements usually establish your qualifications, demonstrate your ability to commit to and succeed in an internship/research program, and show that the applicant is a match for the particular program. Personal statements are written in first person, using “I,” through they are focused more on creating a professional picture of you than on offering a personal life narrative. You should view your personal statement as your chance to differentiate yourself from the other applicants. You should be trying to sell yourself by convincing the evaluators that you are motivated and qualified for the position.