A 2010 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 42.3 percent of college seniors who completed an internship received at least one job offer and 30.7 percent of those without an internship received an offer. While internships are beneficial for college students, career changers and recent college graduates may also take on internships to gain experience in a particular field. Internship experience, along with a well-written resume, may help you gain the competitive edge over the hundreds of other applicants vying for that job you want.
Create a list of your accomplishments. Detail your duties and responsibilities at the internship including to whom you reported, and the assignments and jobs you completed. Even if you did not complete an assignment alone, you may still include the project on your resume, says Kim Isaacs for the ResumePower.com. Simply write that you "contributed" to the assignment.
Describe your accomplishments using action verbs in the past tense, suggests the Hope College Career Services Office. If your internship was in marketing, your resume could include statements such as "acted as a liaison between management and the marketing department, delivering the details pertaining to new products," or "contributed to the creation of a marketing strategy that led to the generation of $50,000 in revenues," or "reported directly to the assistant director." Rank your accomplishments from most relevant to the job for which you are applying to the least relevant when listing the accomplishments on the resume.
Include testimonials from supervisors. Excerpts from favorable performance reviews can add validity to your resume, reports Isaacs.
List the internship under the "Professional Experience" or "Work History" section of the resume. Put all jobs, including your resume, in chronological order, with the most recent experience first. When you list the internship, indicate the company's name followed by the dates you interned there first. Underneath the company's name and your work dates, list accomplishments and testimonials. Clearly label the position as an internship so that employers don't mistake it for a full time position, warns Isaacs.
Be prepared to discuss anything you indicate on your resume.
E.M. Rawes is a professional writer specializing in business, finance, mathematical and social sciences topics. She completed her studies at the University of Maryland, where she earned her Bachelor of Science. During her time working in workforce management and as a financial analyst, she reinforced her business and financial know-how.