Summer internships are valuable, they can be fun, though, rough or even dull for some. But in this entire process, one gets to discover and learn a lot. You get to understand the areas you are interested in and likewise the fields that you wouldn’t want to specialize or study further.
Also, it’s a great time to build contacts that can prove beneficial in later years of career. Furthermore, if nothing at all happens, your CV gets updated, and you get credits proving useful while applying to foreign universities for higher studies.
So, if you are having second thoughts about going for a summer internship, we say give it a short. The entire process will only help you pave the way for your future course of actions. And you never know during those few months you get a mentor or passion that drives your energy in the right direction.
However, there’s one small hurdle you have to cross before you start your internship journey and that’s getting selected for one. The first step that’s mandatory whether applying for a full-time job or an internship is getting your resume ready.
Here you got to understand that an intern’s resume is different from that of an experienced individual and therefore, shall be designed in a way that best highlights your credentials as an intern.
The Internet is filled with resume drafts for individuals applying for internships, but most of the links take you to identical looking resumes that one can hardly differentiate.
Instead, go to websites like Canva where you can find great resume formats for summer internships. Such sites have professionally designed templates, giving insights as to what to mention and how.
Here are a few tips an intern should follow while designing his/her resume –
Never create a one for all resume
One of the most common mistake graduates makes is of creating a generic resume for all the internships programs. Such resumes don’t tell the employee as to why you are a suitable candidate for that particular program. And most of the time such resume end up in the trash can ( it’s harsh but true).
Always study the company you are applying for, and then draft your resume prioritizing your skills that can be useful for the program.
Add an achievement section
After adding your education qualifications, skills, goal, and hobbies, it’s time to add some more information, so that your resume at least cover the page length. Most college or high school students often find it difficult to search title and appropriate pointers to follow. As unlike the professionals, who have hordes of experience and achievements to share, they have none.
Don’t Panic! you are applying for an internship and the employer don’t expect to see a ‘Professional Experience’ column on your resume. You can, however, grab attention by adding a ‘Major Achievement’ column, wherein you can talk about college societies you are part of, major projects/assignments, and even mention participation in a tournament where you have represented your college.
Design a resume contrasting the job profile
If you look from a distance, all resume look alike as if they are photocopied versions of one another. Imagine, what the employer must feel looking at such a pile of duplicated resumes.
Even if your qualifications and skills are best in amongst the lot, in such monotony there are chances of all of it getting unnoticed.
Don’t hesitate from doing things differently. Create a resume that goes along with the job profile, like if you have applied for the post of a graphic designer, illustrator, animator or a preschool teacher. Let your resume visually highlight your credentials, however, don’t get overboard with creativity.
Don’t skip information
Once you have designed your resume, read it thoroughly and look out for missing information. Keep a note that your education qualification is mentioned chronologically with the proper mentioning of the passing year.
Do remember to additional skills or courses, if any, especially the ones that are related to the profile you are applying for. If possible, you can even add references to your university professors or like.
We have indeed proved the solution to the problem itself. The best way to long with it is studying the profile you are applying for, and all add the information and credits in your resume.
Go, start creating a resume for your internship. Soon summers will start, and you don’t want to devote your time creating one when all your class fellows have begun sending their resumes off to corporate and promising startups.
Best of Luck!