Preparing Your Resume for an Internship
Career Path : Career Tips
You’ve finally reached that point in your academic career where you need more actual experience now that you feel as though you’ve mastered the academic side. It’s summer break or even the end of your academic career, and you’re searching for an internship to help get your foot in the door in your field. Now how do you find this internship? How do you prepare your resume so that it stands out from the pack and catches the attention of Human Resources or the hiring manager?
First off, before you can focus on your resume, you need to research what type of organizations or companies that you’d like to target. You can even take a look at your school news to find ideas. Targeting your resume is essential, as you will need to tailor it to the specific position that you will be applying to. Will your focus be on a corporate internship? Non-profit? International? All of these different industries require specific tailoring.
That being said, there is general information that should be included on every resume:
1. Personal information
Include your phone number and email address. If you have a blog or are on Twitter, depending on your industry, it is a good idea to include this information, particularly if you would like to work in a more creative industry and your blog highlights your creativity or if it has a professional focus.
2. Career objective
This objective is very important, since you won’t have as much career experience as you’d like, it’s important to give potential employers an idea of which direction you’d like your career to go, or what type of precise experience you would like. The rest of your resume should support this objective.
Now is the time to highlight your specific education such as your degree, including major and minor, as well as the courses that you’ve taken that are relevant to your field. Be sure to list your school in this section, as employers want to know which post-secondary institution you’ve attended.
Focus on the skills that you have that are directly related to the internship that you are applying to, or that you feel might be relevant. Be sure to include any computer skills, languages and other relevant skills.
For those with little to no full-time professional work experience, be sure to include all positions that you have worked in even if they are not relevant to the internship that you would like to do, including part-time and summer jobs. Career-related experience is the most important, so if you have previously done an internship or other part-time or volunteer work related to the position, then be sure to highlight this experience as relevant experience at the top of this section and then include another section with your other non-related work experience. A proven record of successful work experience is the most important factor in this section.
Finally, make sure that you proofread your resume thoroughly. Your resume should be error-free as it is basically your calling card and personal advertising campaign to the companies or organizations that you are applying to. And lastly, try not to get discouraged. Take the time to read educational articles or work on your skills while on your search. You will most likely be applying to many companies and organizations with the hopes of getting your foot in the door. Though it may take longer than you had initially hoped, you will eventually land an internship.