How to Write a Résumé
A resumé is a summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience that a potential internship site will use to help gauge whether or not you are fit for a particular position. Following are some guidelines on how to create a resumé to accompany your internship application, and a sample for your reference.
- Résumé Length: One page in length. Include relevant and important accomplishments, but be judicious about how many words you use. A vigorous, concise resumé will be examined more carefully than a long-winded one
- It may be appropriate to use a second page only if you have made an effort to be concise and impactful, but have enough relevant experience to warrant the longer length. Going onto a second page is preferable to cramming everything onto one page in a small font
- Font: Use a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial, no smaller than 10pt, and no larger than 12 pt
- Bullet Points: These make lists easier to read and give your resumé a sense of cohesion. Resumés without bullet points will be returned to students for reformatting
- Graphics: Graphics are a distraction so don’t use them. This includes headshots, graphs, color blocks, etc.
- Be Positive: If you achieved something, say so, but don’t exaggerate to the point of misrepresentation
- Be Relevant: Don't include information from high school
- Be Consistent: Ensure the layout, punctuation, etc. is consistent throughout. The header and style should be the same across your resumé and cover letter
- Proofread: Proofread all documentation. It is often helpful to have a second set of eyes review your work. We encourage you to utilize career services at your college/university