Internship Resume Example

Looking for a cool internship to get experience for your dream job? Our guide and resume examples will help you get your resume ready for any internship!

Flor Ana Mireles
Written by Flor Ana Mireles • Last updated on May 27, 2021
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A lot of colleges and universities require their students to complete an internship before graduation.

Internships are short-term work experiences that provide people -- usually students, but not always -- with entry-level exposure to a particular field or career. Internships are a good way of deciding if the career you've been wanting is actually for you by letting you into the career field for some time.

Internships in college are beneficial because they help you gain exposure and develop your professional attitude, which strengthens your character. Not to mention, internships are great opportunities to land an actual job in the industry you are interning for, and maybe even with the specific company you interned with.

Now, before you can land the internship, even if you've done many internships before, it is important to create an internship resume. This is where we come in.

In this article, we are going to be showing you 7 steps that will prepare your resume for any internship, and we'll show you examples, too.

Here's what we're going to be covering:

  1. How to format your internship resume
  2. How to write a resume summary and objective
  3. Listing your skills
  4. Describing your work experience
  5. Including your education
  6. Including projects you've completed
  7. Adding your honors and awards

We're also going to show you how to find an internship that's good for you, so you can get right to it once your resume is ready.

1. Format your internship resume like a professional

You may or may not know this, but how you format your resume says a lot about you and can even have an impact on if you're getting the internship or not. Therefore, it is important to format your resume correctly.

Here are some elements you should always include in your internship resume:

  • Contact information (name, address, email, relevant social media)
  • Resume summary or objective
  • Education
  • Honors and Awards
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Projects
Tip: Include a portfolio relevant to the internship you're applying for if you have one. Be sure to also include your academic email in your contact information, too.

When it comes to the format of your resume, there are three ways you can do so:

  1. Reverse-chronological, which emphasizes your work experience
  2. Functional, which highlights your key skills
  3. Hybrid, which combines the previous formats

Ideally, you'll use a hybrid format, which will place emphasis on your experience and your skills, which internships do want to know before they decide to take you on.

Take a look at our guide on how to format your resume if you want to learn more.

2. Write a resume summary or objective

Like an elevator pitch, your resume summary is a 1-2 sentence blurb that highlights your skills and experience.

Similarly, a resume objective is a 1-2 sentence blurb that describes your goals and objective with your resume and career.

Resume summaries and objectives are quick and easy ways to show those viewing your resume that you appreciate their time, which can help you stand out since not everyone writes one.

When applying for an internship, here are some elements to include in your resume summary or objective:

  • State if you're a student
  • Your high school or college
  • What you're interested in or passionate about
  • If you have any relevant experience to what you're applying for
  • Any awards worth mentioning

Every resume is different because it is very much tailored to the individual's achievements, goals, and experiences.

Here's an example of what your internship resume summary and objective can look like:

BA Honors Senior in Journalism at Full Sail University looking to expand my editorial experience through internships and work-study positions. Made Dean's List consecutively for three years and have completed one study abroad semester where I worked with the Vogue Spain editorial team.

Here's what your internship resume summary and objective should not look like:

Student of Journalism at Full Sail University looking for internship opportunities.

Tip: Sometimes, it's easier to write your resume summary after you have already written your resume. That way, it's easier to pick and choose what characteristics to include.

Want to write the perfect resume summary? Our guide on writing resume summaries has tons of examples.

3. List your key skills

Oftentimes, people take on internships before they actually step into the workforce. With that said, when applying to internships, it is possible that you are applying with little to no previous experience. If you have experience, great! If you don't, be sure to really highlight your key skills.

Highlighting your key skills show internship managers that you are qualified for the internship you are applying for.

Depending on what internship you are applying for, be sure to list relevant skills that will take your resume to the next level.

Let's say you're applying to an editorial internship. Here are some key skill examples you can include in your resume:

  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Graphic Design
  • AP Style
  • MLA Writing

If that's not what you're looking for, and chances are it's not, then here are some other key skills that are important to include on your resume:

  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Listening
  • Adaptability
  • Multitasking
Tip: Depending on what your internship consists of, you can even include skills like being CPR certified and being multilingual. Just be sure to tailor your skills section to the kind of internship you are applying to. Do your research.

Having trouble identifying your skills? We have a guide with 100+ key skills you can include in your resume.

4. Describe your work experience

You don't necessarily need to have work experience to get an internship, but if you have it, it helps. If you've completed other internships before, be sure to include that in your resume, too, so internship managers know you, at least, have experience as an intern.

Here are some items you can include in the work experience section of your resume:

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Part-time jobs
  • Independent jobs

Regardless of what you've done, here are some elements you must include when listing each individual job experience:

  • The company you worked for
  • Job title
  • Dates worked
  • Job location
  • At least 4 job description bullet points

If you've done an internship before, be sure to include it.

Here's an example of what your work experience could look like for an internship:

Editorial Intern, Vogue Spain

Barcelona, Spain • May 2019 — August 2019

  • Assisted in hiring and managing a team of freelancers, including writers, editors and photographers.
  • Assisted in the development, design and preparation of magazine issues.
  • Collected and distributed incoming mail and processed outgoing mail.
  • Served as a primary contact for incoming calls.
  • Provided general and editorial support to the Vogue Spain editorial team as needed.

Here's an example of what your work experience could look like for a similar work-study job:

Arts and Entertainment Editor for Student-run Newspaper, Full Sail University

Orlando, FL • January 2020 — Present

  • Copy edit, line edit and proofread submitted arts and entertainment articles.
  • Write arts and entertainment articles.
  • Provide feedback to writers on their articles.
  • Aid in design of weekly newspaper.

Want more tips and tricks on how to write your work experience description? Check out our guide on describing your work experience.

5. Include your education on your resume

If you're applying for an internship, chances are, you're a student. While you don't have to be student, regardless, it is important to include your education on your resume.

When adding an education section to your resume be sure to include:

  • High school, college or university
  • Program
  • School location
  • Dates attended
  • GPA (grade point average)
Tip: Don't include your GPA if it is below is the average.

Here's what the education section of your resume can look like:

Full Sail University

Orlando, FL

2018 — Present

B.A. in Journalism

GPA: 3.7/4.0

If you're unsure what else to include in the education section of your resume, take a look at our guide on how to list your education, which includes examples.

6. Include projects you have worked on

Let's say you're applying to a magazine as an intern and you've begun your own small zine or you're applying to a publishing company and you've already self-published your own books, these are projects you can include on your resume.

Including projects are your resume show internship managers that you are passionate about the field and have some self-employed experience and skill you can bring to the table. It's also a great way of showing leadership.

Here are some projects you can include on your resume:

  • Self-published books
  • Documentaries
  • Magazines
  • Music videos
  • Murals
  • Any other artistic endeavor you've done on your own

When listing your project, here are some things to consider:

  • Highlight projects where you used job-specific skills that are relevant to the internship
  • Include specific details of the project
  • List projects under a separate section of your resume
  • Keep project descriptions brief

Here's an example of what a project listed on your resume can look like:

Magic Madame Magazine

January 2021 — Present

  • In January 2021, as part of my senior project, I created Magic Madame Magazine, a magazine meant to showcase a variety of artists including poets, writers, models, photographers, painters, and drawers.
Tip: If you're not done any projects that are relevant to the internship you are applying for, create a hobbies section instead and list relevant hobbies. We have an article on including your hobbies on your resume that can help.

7. Add your honors and awards

When applying for an internship, it's nice to show internship managers that you've received praise, whether its for an academic endeavor or anything else.

Including honors and awards on your resume shows internship managers that you are dedicated and hard-working, which are highly requested qualities regardless of what internship you are applying for.

Here are some honors and awards you can include in your resume if you've achieved them:

  • Academic awards
  • Scholarships
  • Honor society awards
  • Contests
  • Honors
Tip: Be sure to include what year you received the award or honor and mention where it is from if it is not obvious.

Need more help? We've got a guide on how to list your accomplishments in your resume, including awards and achievements.

How to find an internship that's good for you

Whether you're nearing graduation, just started school or looking to test the waters of a new career, internships are going to be there, but sometimes, it's difficult to find the exact type of internship you are looking for.

Here are some good places to search for internship opportunities:

  • LinkedIn
  • Handshake
  • Job Fairs
  • Community and Industry Events
  • Google
  • ZipRecruiter
  • Glassdoor

In addition, there may be internship opportunities available through your network.

Here are some people you can reach out to see if they know of any internship opportunities that may suit what you're looking for:

  • Professors
  • Advisers
  • Peers
  • Relatives
  • Community Professionals
  • Alumni Students
  • Colleagues
Tip: Some companies may even post about internship opportunities via their social media accounts. So, it's important to be on the lookout there, too. Even if they haven't posted anything on social, check their website or email them for possible opportunities.

Key Takeaways

Overall, there may be internship opportunities right around the corner for you, and if there are, it's important to have your internship resume ready for any place you'd want to work with. It may just be the kickstarter to your career.

Here's a summary of everything we've covered in this article:

  1. Format your internship resume in a professional hybrid format way, and don't forget to include on your contact information
  2. Write an impressive resume summary and/or objective that lets internship managers know what you're looking for and what they can expect of you
  3. List your key skills that are relevant to the internship
  4. Describe your work experience, even if it only consists of part-time jobs and previous internships
  5. Include your education
  6. Include any previous projects you've completed that are relevant to the field you are trying to intern in
  7. Add your honors and awards so internship managers know of your achievements

Also, when it comes to actually finding an internship, be sure to do the following:

  • Search on job and internship sites for the specific kind of internship you are looking for
  • Attend job fairs
  • Reach out to your network
  • Search your desired company's social media and website for any opportunities

Soon, you'll be interning at the company of your dreams, or working in an industry you love thanks to the experience you got via an internship. Best of luck!

Flor Ana Mireles
Flor Ana Mireles is a writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and a background in English literature, music, marketing, and business. She is also the self-published author of two poetry collections and the lead singer of South Florida rock band Leather and Lace. Flor has experience in social media and getting crafty and artsy. When she is not writing, she's spending time in nature, reading, or listening to music.
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