Keys to Writing an Effective Internship Resume

Many industries provide opportunities for job seekers to join firms as interns—students or trainees who are willing to work without pay or for low pay for a certain amount of time in order to learn a particular profession or trade. Carpentry, plumbing, masonry are a few of the trades.

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But there are academic internships, as well, where you as a student working on a graduate degree would come alongside a professor, helping in the classroom, grading papers, and meeting with students on behalf of the senior professor.

If you have a certain trade or profession in mind you can write an internship resume initiating such a job for yourself. You may find ads for internships and you may also know someone in a trade or profession that you'd like to learn. You could write to that person and ask if there is an opening.

Such a document, however, would not be casual. It should be as professional in tone and approach as any job-search resume.

Consider these keys to writing your internship resume:

1. Include all your personal information at the top and use a larger font than usual if you wish in order to stand out.

2. Focus your resume on the specific industry where you hope to serve an internship. Use familiar language and indicate your qualifications for the position so there is no mistaking what you hope to accomplish. This means that if you have experience in the trade or profession even on a voluntary basis, be sure to list it.

3. Use precise verbs that 'show' rather than tell. Example: assisted, performed, created, initiated, practiced and so on.

4. Proofread your resume. A spell checker is not enough. Some words may be spelled correctly but misused. Example: you're and your; its and it's.

5. Avoid little 'white lies.' They will catch up with you. Be honest from the first line to the last.

6. Spotlight your goals and objectives so the employer will see at a glance what you hope to accomplish while serving as an intern.

7. Use numbers when referring to your successes in your profession.

8. State your education, experience, and references, especially if you are still a student.

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