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Most internships require that a formal application be submitted.  This application process usually includes a resume, cover letter, and one or more interviews.  The application process for internships can often be highly competitive.  Therefore, it is imperative that you have a professional quality resume and cover letter as well as polished interview skills.  The following will explain the entire process on applying for an internship.


Preparing a resume is an opportunity for you to reflect on your achievements and the skills and qualities you can bring to a job.  A resume is typically a one-page description of who you are and what skills you can bring to an organization.  Its long-range purpose is to get you an internship but its more immediate purpose is to get you an interview.  When preparing a resume, it is important to remember that the potential employer will scan it quickly.  Therefore, design your resume so that it highlights those skills that will satisfy the employer’s professional needs.

Your resume is an advertisement about yourself.  You can organize your resume in several ways to tell different stories.  You make the choice according to what you need to emphasize or de-emphasize.  There is no one right resume style; a resume should be tailored to meet the needs of the writer.  You might choose one of the resume formats noted below:

Chronological Resume

Prospective employers are most familiar with the chronological resume.  It’s the easiest to read since you list your experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent job and working backwards.  This type of resume illustrates the education and employment record of the individual.  (Sample Worksheet available on page 40)

Functional Resume

To highlight your qualifications without emphasizing specific dates, you may use the functional resume.  This resume format is useful if you’ve interrupted your career or want to de-emphasize certain things you feel can be best handled in an interview.  This type of resume can demonstrate professional growth or marketable skills.  If you are making a career change, you can use it to display those portions of your previous experiences that are applicable to a new job.

Combination Resume

A third option for a resume is the combination format.  In this form, you combine the functional and chronological types.  Company names and dates are included in a separate section after job functions are listed.  This resume should be attractively laid out and succinctly written so that the employer does not lose interest.

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