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Video:Internship Resume Tips

with Debbie Anderson

Learn how to write an internship resume so that your application will stand out. Here are some tips on how to write an internship resume effectively.See Transcript

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Transcript:Internship Resume Tips

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Toward the end of your education, it's important to get out in the workforce and start acquiring on-the-job skills that apply to your areas of interest. So today, I'm going to show you how to effectively write a resume for your internship.

Highlight Accomplishments in the Field When You Write an Internship Resume

First, the most important thing to remember, is that when you have very little job experience in your field, it's important to highlight any accomplishments that are relevant to the field and position for which you are applying.

To get started, always start by writing your name and contact information at the top of the page.

Next, it's time to define the reason you are writing this internship resume in the first place, by stating your "Objective." This is an optional section that can be left out, however, if you clearly have your goals in your mind, it's important to let potential internship interviewers know this about you.

Next, highlight your educational achievements and degrees. As an added tip, always include your graduation date and Grade Point Average if this is relevant information that can boost your chances of landing a good internship.

Below your education information, highlight any honors or awards you have achieved during your education, such as if you were on the Dean's List or received any scholarships.

Outline Work Experience When You Write an Internship Resume

Once you have created a quick summary about your education background and achievements, it's time to let an interviewer know if you have any relevant experience in your field of interest so they can put your resume at the top of the short list of candidates.

In this section, list any relevant experience by Job Title, The Name of the Organization you worked for, the location, and the dates when you worked there.

Next, follow your work experiences with a section describing any relevant course work that could give you an edge over other applicants. List these achievements by Course Name, Academic Department, College, and the dates of your accomplishments.

It's important to note here, that when writing out this section, be sure to highlight any and all relevant skills you have acquired that are applicable to the internship you're applying for, because this is oftentimes the most important section of the resume.

Describe Additional Activities When You Write an Internship Resume

Next, create a section to describe your additional work experiences that help describe your organization, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills.

List your additional experiences by Title, The Name of the organization, the location, and the dates you were working there, along with any other information about this work experience that you feel is relevant to the internship opening.

Toward the end of your internship resume, list any co-curricular activities, that can highlight your skills, such as club memberships, sports that you've played, or musical and artistic interests.

Finally, polish off your internship resume by highlighting any other skills you have, such as computer, foreign language, music, or photography skills because these could be useful skills for the internship position for which you are applying.

Tips for Writing an Internship Resume

Once you have all of the pertinent information in your resume, check that the page margins are set to approximately one inch for both the sides and the top and bottom margins of your resume so that it is easy to print.

Then, enhance the formatting of your resume by using bold type for the headings at the top of each section, use bullet points when necessary under each section, and play around with different fonts and sizes for the entirety of the text in the resume until you have an easy to read appearance for your resume.

As an added tip, avoid using offensive type colors, such as lime green, when trying to emphasize key areas in your resume. This will also help improve the overall reading flow and attractiveness of your resume.

Once you have written your internship resume, always remember to proofread your resume for spelling, grammatical, and formatting errors prior to submitting it.

With these few helpful tips on how to write your internship resume, you're sure to get the experience you're looking to acquire.

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