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Highlighting Your Internships in a Resume

Fri, Mar 5, 2010

Internship Resume

After you spent a few months working at an internship, you may be wondering how to highlight that experience on your resume so that it catches the attention of a future employer. While there are many ways to write a resume correctly (and also many wrong), there are a few ways you can make sure your experience is the first thing the person reading your resume sees.

Standard Resume Form

A very traditional resume has a simple, easy to remember format:

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Internship/Volunteer Experience
  • Achievements
  • Other Skills/Interest

Here is an example of a standard resume format:

Anne Smith

555 First Ave. N

New York, New York 55555

111-555-5555

anne.smith@email.net

EDUCATION

2008-Present

Master’s in English Literature from New York University.

2004-2008

Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from New York University.

EXPERIENCE

2008-Present

Graduate Assistantship in English Department at New York University – Taught beginning level college English courses to incoming freshman students; corrected essays and tests; held office hours to assist students with questions.

2004-2008

Volunteer for YMCA Summer Day Camps -Participated in a variety of summer day camps such as Horse camp and Swim camp and helped to plan activities and meals for children ages seven to twelve. Initiated a daily reading hour for children ages seven to nine, to instill new vocabulary and reading skills.

ACHIEVEMENTS

2008- Graduated New York University Summa cum Laude

2007- Excellence in Historic Literature Award from New York University

2006- YMCA Volunteer of the Year

INTERESTS

Teaching, Historical Literature, Investigative Journalism, Writing Novels

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Resume Highlighting Internship Experience

Here is an example of a resume that highlights the candidate’s internship experience:

Anne Smith

555 First Ave. N

New York, New York 55555

111-555-5555

anne.smith@email.net

EDUCATION

2008-Present

Master’s in English Literature from New York University.

2004-2008

Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from New York University.

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

College of Fine Arts and Humanities, English Department, New York, New York.

(555)-555-5555

2008-Present

Graduate Assistantship in English Department at New York University– Taught beginning level college English courses to incoming freshman students; corrected essays and tests; held office hours to assist students with questions.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

YMCA Outreach. Summer Camp. Childhood Development and Literacy. Bloomfield, New York.

(555)-555-5554

2004-2008

Volunteer for YMCA Summer Day Camps-Participated in a variety of summer day camps and helped to plan activities and meals for children ages seven to twelve. Initiated daily time and activities, for children ages seven to nine, to instill new vocabulary and reading skills. The reading time was vital because many children did not receive that time at home to help them develop those necessary skills.

ACHIEVEMENTS

2008- Graduated New York University Summa cum Laude

2007- Excellence in Historic Literature Award from New York University

2006- YMCA Volunteer of the Year

APPLICABLE SKILLS

Childhood Literacy: Spent over 100 hours developing a reading program for the children at the YMCA summer camp.

Computer: Extensive knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Microsoft Works, Outlook. Some knowledge of C++ and Visual Basic programming.

Languages: Spanish (Intermediate), French (Intermediate), Russian (Basic).

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

In the second resume, you will notice that the internship experience is separate from the volunteer experience. If you have additional professional experience, you can put it after the internship experience and before the volunteer experience.

We hope this has been helpful in your resume writing quest!

By Sara Beck. Sara is an expat who lives in Santiago, Chile and is studying for her MBA.  Send her an email at sarabeck86@gmail.com.


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated!

  2. VanyK Says:

    I didn’t understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?

  3. Jennifer Says:

    VanyK,

    Thanks for your comment. The conclusion of this article explains that if you choose to highlight your internship experience in your resume but you have some professional experience, you can list the internship experience first, followed by the professional experience and concluding with the volunteer experience. The goal in writing this type of resume is to highlight your internship experience if you are looking to land an internship and want your future employer to see that you have successfully interned. Please let me know if you have more questions and thanks!

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