Is a GPA really necessary? Should other internships, part-time jobs or high school honors have a place on a resume for an internship?
First, ask yourself: “What do I want the internship supervisor to know about me? What should they be able to take away from this document to make them choose me over anyone else?” This resume should highlight your academic and professional accomplishments – without using filler to make your resume seem more important. Take this time to really sell yourself – and showcase your unique qualities.
In securing an internship and applying for a job – many of the most important aspects are the same. Remember that Internship supervisors want to know if you can fit in with their company culture. They will also look at your personality to see if you can handle performing entry level duties. Your GPA may not always matter for an internship, but your skills will. Before you update your resume, see if you can picture yourself at that specific organization. What can you bring to the table? Can you communicate effectively? Do you ask enough questions? Are you willing to work with other departments? You’ll be expected to work alongside all levels of employees, so confidence is key.
Here are some basics to remember when writing a resume for an internship:
Update Your Professional Contact Information
You may need to create a new email address or change your mobile phone voicemail to reflect a more professional tone. Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail all offer free email accounts, so it’s easy to change from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com.
Place Your Education at the Top
It’s a good rule of thumb to place your education, including the name of your university, college and degree, in addition to your GPA at the very top of your resume. When relevant, also include one or two upper level courses along with a brief bullet explaining the course. If you completed a group project or wrote an exceptional paper, that information should also be added to this section.
Professional Work Experience
Say you’ve held a part-time job while enrolled in school, should you add this information to your resume? Absolutely. But, if you do be prepared to include bullet points explaining what significant skills you learned from your part-time job. This will show internship supervisors you can bring work ethic and real world experience to the table.
Internships or Certifications
Also list on your resume, any past internships and any special certifications you have acquired throughout your career.
Other Important Pieces
To round out your internships resume, add any professional affiliations, awards, honors, volunteer work or leadership roles. When you’re done, double check your document and have another person review it to ensure there are absolutely no grammatical errors, there is lots of white space, and a variety of action words.
Your resume – even early in your career – must represent what you can bring to the table, how you can solve an employers problem, and how you fit into the existing culture. Follow these tips – and you’re sure to impress!
About the Author: Andrea Genevieve Michnik is the Founder and strategist behind BrandKit, helping students and young professionals develop their personal brand. She lives in Austin, TX by way of Washington, DC where she taught at The George Washington University. Andrea is actively involved in the Association for Women in Communication and Social Media Club EDU, and is an adjunct professor of PR and Digital Media Marketing at St. Edward’s University. Find her on Twitter @AndreaGenevieve and visit www.brandkit.co to learn more about BrandKit’s identity kits and mentoring programs.