How to List Internship Experience on a Resume

By Victoria Robertson on July 28, 2021

For many college students, internships are the real way in which we obtain our experience. In other words, without the internship experience, most college students have part-time jobs that aren’t exactly relevant to the field they’re interested in.

For this reason, listing your internship experience on your resume is of the utmost importance. Here are a few helpful tips to help you list your internship experience accurately on your resume.

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1. At the Top (Based on Relevance)

Given the importance of your internship experience, you should be listing it at the top of your resume, as that’s what the employers are going to see first. So, just as you would list job experience, you should lead with your most important internship experience.

That said, this only applies if your internship experience is directly applicable to the career path in which you’re applying for a position. If there is no relevancy whatsoever, your internship experience can be listed later on in the resume as a means of bulking it up.

2. Most Relevant Listed First

As mentioned previously, once you’ve narrowed down your resume to only the most important internship experience, list your experience based on its relevancy. Which positions are the most applicable to this job? Which positions aren’t at all applicable? Which positions are relevant, but didn’t offer as much experience as they should have? There are lots of questions to consider here and sort your experience by.

For those that are relevant, you’ll want to list them front and center, and spend more time talking about your tasks at that job. When your experience is relevant to the job you’re applying for, internships could make or break your application.

3. With Dates of Employment

Just as you would organize a professional resume filled with full-time jobs, you should list your internship dates of employment. How long was your internship? Was it a recurring internship, or did it extend throughout your college career? Was it a short-term internship?

Internship dates tell a lot to an employer, especially when it appears you were asked to come back repeatedly, as it demonstrates you did a good job. Regardless, employers will want to see how recent your experience is, to determine whether or not you have still retained that experience.

4. With Applicable Job Functions Bulleted

Again, just as you would format a resume otherwise, when you are listing your internship experience, especially if you don’t have applicable part-time job experience, you should be detailing your tasks at that internship.

First, you’ll want to tailor your tasks to the job at hand. Read through the job description and highlight any crossover between your internship and the job you’re applying for. That’s the experience you’ll want to list first.

Next, you’ll want to list any experience not directly listed in the job description, but that you feel is applicable. Lastly, you’ll want to include any relevant soft skills (i.e. organizational skills) that you picked up at this job that will transfer into a career seamlessly.

5. Listed Honestly

As you tailor your resume, it’s fairly easy to flex the truth. While this isn’t necessarily a problem right off the bat, it can be one down the road, especially if you claim to have experience that you don’t in actuality.

So, when you list your experience, make sure you list it honestly. In other words, don’t flat out lie. You can always embellish, but when you do so, don’t pretend you have experience you don’t. Employers will sniff that out, and you may lose a job opportunity rather than gain one in these instances.

6. List College Experience Clearly

Finally, remember that just because you are a college grad applying for a job doesn’t mean an employer is going to be considering you among college grads. Listing your college experience prominently on your resume clues a skimming hiring manager into the fact that you don’t yet have professional experience.

If they don’t see this information, it looks as if your only experience is part-time work and internships, which may suggest you haven’t been hirable in the past. So when in doubt, list your college experience, including graduation dates, clearly.

Internship experience is so important, not only to your future in your chosen career path, but also in terms of simply getting your foot in the door at an organization you’re interested in working for. So, without a doubt, you should be listing that experience on your resume, and learning how to do it correctly.

For this reason, the way you list your internship experience is just as important as actually obtaining it. So, rely on these helpful hints to ensure you list your experience accurately and get the most interview requests possible.

Happy job hunting everyone!

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