QUESTION: Where do you place internships on a resume?
Internships are valuable work that should be included in your history especially if you are a recent grad or making a career change. Include them chronologically or topically as it makes sense. Be certain to reflect the details of the great work and impact or outcomes as measured by quantitative or qualitative results.
Internships can go under your professional experience, although if you’ve held multiple internships, you can create a separate “Internships” section. For the most part, including internships is advantageous if you’re in your first OR second job in your target industry. Yet, if you’re making a career change, then it’s in your best benefit to emphasize relevant internships that you’ve undertaken.
Internships, if paid, can be listed under your work experiences and treat them as such. List your ‘job’ title, the organization, what you were tasked to do, the challenge you had, how you overcame it, the result, and the impact it had. You can also list your internships under Volunteer Service and use the same strategy. Best of luck!
Internships are extremely IMPORTANT, especially if you are a recent graduate with little, or no, job/industry related work experience. I consider an Internship a “job.” They belong in the Work History section, like all other jobs, and are listed by date in reverse chronological order. List your quantified Accomplishments just like you do with other jobs.
Internship placement is about the value it adds to a resume. For new graduates, internships are work history, so place it in the Experience section. If the organization you interned with has a high brand equity, (i.e., NASA), you may add it in the Summary. Internships become less relevant over time, so seasoned workers might place it as a mention with their education at the end of the resume.
1) If the internships are impressive or extensive, or if you have limited experience, you can format them in the same manner as you would a job. 2) If there are several or many internships, you may consider aggregating them into a special internship section. 3) If the internships are relatively minor and/or long ago, you can list them within the educational section to which they are associated.
Students should create a separate “Internship” section and list these experiences here (to make them very easy to find). Recent graduates, who have not worked in their field outside of internships, should list these within their professional experience section (in place of traditional employment). All others, should only include an internship if it demonstrates a sought competency or trait.
It depends how long you have been in the job force. If you are a current college graduate, it should be placed under Education using the heading of Internships. They should be treated like any paying position with job titles, job descriptions, and accomplishments. After you have some professional experience, you can put them at the bottom of your Education section.
Academically-endorsed internships offer career readiness opportunities to test drive a career. If relevant to a student’s career path, they are best placed in Professional Experience articulating accomplishments and value-added skills (keywords) the student learned as an intern. HINT: Its best to present the internship with a job title not simply “intern” – perhaps Audit Accountant Intern.
When deciding where to place information on your resume, imagine an inverted triangle. Start with the most relevant information, followed by important details, and ending with general/background information. If your internship equipped you with recent and relevant skills and experience that align with your target job, then place at or near the top of your experience section.
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