Including Your Internship on Your Resume
Your internship in the United States is the perfect addition to your budding resume. After all, the connections and letters of recommendation you may receive should act as a launching pad for bigger and better future jobs. But including your internship on your resume just for the sake of it will not propel your career the way you think. In fact, an improperly conveyed internship on your resume can actually decrease your chance of landing that dream job.
So what exactly should you include on your resume?
If you want to showcase your internship in a way that will get you noticed, you need to evaluate yourself and your experiences. You can do that by asking yourself questions that go beyond the basics of the job.
It’s like a job interview…on paper
Showing is better than telling when it comes to including your internship on your resume. Your resume is the first glimpse a potential employer has of who you are and what you can bring to the company. If you submit a resume that is improperly formatted or has spelling errors, it will most likely end up in the recycling bin. Likewise, if you simply write down a list of job responsibilities, your resume will be bland and underwhelming. In fact, you’ll be just like every other applicant.
But you’re not like every other applicant.
You worked hard to earn your spot as an intern and you need to highlight that fact. Let potential employers see how hard you worked and how you developed your skills. Including your internship on your resume in a vibrant, yet professional way can set you apart. It can act as a bright light for potential employers to look at you a little closer. To let them see the assets that you bring.
How do I show my skills?
Time management is a skill often listed on a resume. It’s an important skill, but if everyone lists ‘time management’ on their resume, it’s not very unique. Rather than simply listing ‘time management’, follow it up with skills you learned during your internship.
For example, if you were able to go from completing five tasks an hour to nine or ten, that is a major time management skill you acquired. The ability to almost double the production with your time management skills is a huge asset. When you follow up ‘time management’ with this incredible detail, you are now showing this skill to potential employers rather than listing it.
This same principle can be applied to any talent or skill you picked up during your internship. Ask yourself a few questions and be honest with your answers. This will help you discover exactly what skills you want to feature and what elements you want to improve on.
- Are you better with time management and workplace communication than before?
- Did you learn trade secrets that can be helpful?
- What were your strengths and weaknesses?
- Where there any moments when you were particularly proud of yourself?
- Did you keep your head down and simply do what you were told the entire time or did you get out and engage with the eclectic American culture daily?
- What social skills did you acquire?
- Did your knowledge of the English language improve?
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? If so, what would you do differently?
Where do I put my internship on my resume?
Including your internship on your resume should be done for the first five years of your career or after you’ve had two to three jobs. Your internship is looked at as a real-world experience by most employers. Therefore, list your internship under the ‘work experience’ section of your resume.
Take pride in your interning position. Don’t simply write ‘internship at xxx company’ as your title. Give yourself the proper title–so long as it is real and your boss approves. This can be anything from Culinary Intern, Front Desk Intern, F&B Intern, etc.
You’ll also need to write the dates of your internship. It can be as vague as ‘March 2018 to March 2019’ or as detailed as 03/01/2018 to 03/01/2019. Either way is acceptable to most employers.
Including your internship on your resume
If you’re not sure how to include your internship on your resume, there are many websites to assist you. Some will even write your resume for you for a small fee. But, including your internship can be as easy as:
Major Hospitality Company
Front Desk Management Intern
March 2018 – March 2019
- Assigned duties and shifts to workers and observed performances to ensure adherence to hotel policies
- Created schedule using projecting and scheduling tools to provide maximum efficiency and labor savings
- Provided information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person
- Kept close communication with housekeeping, sales, maintenance and all other departments.
- Maintained a professional image at all times through appearance and dress
What will you include?
Whether you’re finishing up your internship, just starting out, or ready to put your honed skills to work, including your internship on your resume will help you land your dream job. Especially if you know how to showcase your skills and set yourself apart. If you’re honest with yourself and what you want to accomplish, your internship will truly be a life changing experience.