Creating a resume for an internship position can be difficult, particularly when the position is one of your first experiences in the workforce. Getting your foot in the door may seem daunting, but with these tips, you’ll be better equipped to succeed.
- Hiring teams understand that, with most internship positions, applicants may not be the most experienced. It is your job to show that you possess the necessary skills to thrive in a position, perhaps with your educational achievements, previous employment even in another field, previous volunteer work, or samples from your portfolio.
- If you are still in school or recently graduated, emphasize the parts of your education that are relevant to the internship. Besides the name of your school, include your graduation year and degree received (or expected), the field of study, awards and honors, and any coursework that applies to the position. If your cumulative GPA is over 3.0, list it as well.
- Tell your potential employer what sets you apart. Do you have extra certifications or licenses in your chosen career? Have you spent a semester abroad? Do you know more than one language? Are you the manager of your school’s lacrosse team? Did you participate in a community organization?
- Explain the content when it will help clarify what you have accomplished so far. Hiring teams don’t look for paragraphs of explanation, but when mentioning companies you worked at or courses you completed that are not self-explanatory, a sentence or two of background information is useful.
- During your internship, keep track of what you learn and accomplish. When you are ready to apply for a full-time position, you will want that information to appear on your resume. It is easy to forget that you came into the internship as a novice and are leaving as a knowledgeable person with skills valuable to your next employer.
Internships are more than resume builders—they are ways to gain crucial work experience and insight into potential career paths. At Robin’s Resumes®, we can tailor your resume to the opportunity.