A Basic Template for Writing an Internship Resume

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Constructing a well-thought-out resume that includes your goals, academic background, skills, accomplishments, experience, and activities, is a vital component of a successful internship search—as well as any future job searches.

Internship resumes can include high school information, relevant courses, activities, volunteer experiences, etc., but by your senior year of college, it is best to have experiences that include relevant college data such as internships or work experiences.

The internship resume includes experiences not typically found on an employment resume. However, once your internship resume is complete, later on, it can be tweaked by adding current information and relevant experiences—and deleting old information surrounding college activities, coursework, and college and summer internships, jobs, etc.—and then you can use it for all your job searches.

Consistency in Formatting Is Key

The following is an example of a typical chronological resume. This is a common format used for internships. Formatting can be done in a number of ways, including centering personal information, centering headings, adding lines, etc. Although there is no preferred way of developing your resume, the key is to present your information consistently by bolding, abbreviating, and formatting all experiences the same way. This makes it easy for the employer to find the information quickly and easily.

Also, in the chronological resume, list education and experiences with the most recent first. Resumes can also be functional or a combination of chronological and functional, but these are normally used for people with more extensive work experience.

Sample Internship Resume Template

First Name, Last Name
Street Address
City, State Zip Code
Email address

College, City, State
Graduation Date (Month/Year) Degree
Major/Minor/Concentration GPA (Overall and/or Major)

Honors & Awards
Honor Society, Dean’s List, Scholarships

Objective (optional)
To obtain an internship in the investment banking industry.

Relevant Experience

Title, Organization, Location, Dates

  • Use action verbs to explain your responsibilities beginning with the most recent experience first.
  • Use concise language to create effective action verb statements highlighting skills and accomplishments.
  • Edit out articles and pronouns and begin phrases with action verbs.
  • This section can include coursework and lab experience as well as previous jobs and internships.

Title, Organization, Location, Dates

  • The Relevant Experience section includes all information relevant to the position to which you are applying.
  • It is the most important section of your resume because it provides information about any relevant skills and accomplishments you’ve developed so far.​

Additional Experience

Title, Organization, Location, Dates

  • This section might include previous waitress, administrative, and on-campus jobs where you have gained some solid transferable skills including organization, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Be selective about what you include in your resume. Remember to give priority to information relevant to the job or internship and focus on the skills developed as a result of the experience. All previous internships and/or jobs do not need to be included on every resume.

​​Course Name, Academic Department, College, Dates

  • This section is used to highlight relevant scholastic information and achievements
  • Identify the objectives of the course including, projects, papers, and presentations.
  • Mention both individual and team accomplishments.

Co-Curricular Activities
Club Memberships, Sports, Music, Arts

List computer programs, foreign languages, and any specialized skills you possess such as music or photography.