When you are applying for an internship, the process will likely include submitting a resume to your potential employer. In general, it should be a concise and clear summary of your overall qualifications. It should include all your skills and relevant experience in a way that makes you stand out from the crowd. There is a generally accepted standard regarding the information it should include, which are detailed below. These are separated into clear sections for easy reference.
One important section is the contact details, which you must ensure is fully up-to-date. It is better to provide multiple means of communication such as a landline number, cell phone number, email or postal address. Obviously, all your effort in applying is for nothing if your prospective employer can't reliably contact you. A lot of experts believe that the Personal Profile is the most vital part of your résumé. Basically, it's a summary of your individual attributes and qualities – the qualities that make you stand out.
This section is where you put your objective/s for applying to this position. In your case, you should clearly state here that you are applying for an internship position to strengthen the skills, theoretical knowledge and experiences that you have garnered so far from studying at university and your other work experiences. If you have some other objectives, then you can add these also. However, you should remember that this portion should not be that long. Keep it short, simple, and straight to the point.
This section would include the details of your academic qualifications, starting from secondary school. The information should be written in reverse chronological order. You should also include the year or duration you have attended a specific educational institution.
You can highlight your skills such as proficiency in using computers, knowledge of foreign languages, use of special computer programs, knowledge in graphic design, etc.
Information on your academic achievements like awards received, and contests won can be included here. You can also put sporting and professional achievements in this area, if you have any.
Also be sure to include your research publications and thesis if any.
This is the section where you can put the details of your past working experiences. Not only can you put full-time jobs, but also even part-time, temporary and voluntary employment. All of these should again be listed in reverse chronological order as with your educational experiences.
Basically, you indicate the company you have worked for, the position you have held, a short job description of the tasks you did, and the duration of how long you were employed in that kind of work. There's no need to put how much you earned, or why you resigned or were fired from the job.
This area is generally omitted if you are applying in the US. However, there are still some that would argue that it is a good way to reflect and show something about your personality. Presenting that you are able to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle while juggling work, studies and personal life, can sometimes be an asset.
Here is a list of five websites that can help you find your dream internship. These websites are great choices for all types of opportunities – summer/spring/fall internships, paid/unpaid internships, non-profit internships and also some opportunities for internship abroad. If you know of any other such websites, please be sure to share them via comments.
Internships.com – Internships.com is the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location.
YouTern - YouTern is dedicated to matching the best young talent to leading organizations through high-impact, mentor-based internships.
Monster College - MonsterCollege, which helps recent grads and college students find their first career also has many internship listings that students might find useful.
Indeed.com - Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 100 million unique visitors per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages.
InternMatch - InternMatch.com helps companies of all sizes (ranging from a two person startup to a multinational corporation) find amazing interns using a network of 250+ university and department level partners to ensure that every posting receives the right student applications.
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