Thinking of applying for an internship? It’s definitely a good idea! Internships add value to your CV, especially if you’ve recently graduated and are looking for your first job. We’ve got some great career advice to help you include internships in your CV.
Why take an internship?
Internships are typically unpaid, or very low paid work – so why would you want one?
Getting a job straight out of university can be tough. The value of an internship – even unpaid – is that it shows potential employers that you have relevant work experience. Many internships are quite competitive, and if you landed a prestigious internship at a well-known company it can add a bit of a ‘wow’ factor to your CV.
What internships should you include on your CV?
- If you’re looking for your first job, include details of all internships you have done that relate to the job you’re applying for. As you progress in your career, you can be more selective.
- Focus on internships where you really had a chance to learn and grow your career skills, and where you did well.
- Any prestigious internships should be prominent.
- If there were problems at an internship, and you don’t think you’ll get a good reference, rather leave it out.
How to list internships on your CV
- Internships should go under the section ‘Work Experience’ – after any non-internship positions.
- List the most recent internship first.
- For each internship, list your job title (try to be specific and don’t just put ‘Intern’), the dates you worked, the company name, a contactable reference, and your job description.
- In the job description, include your responsibilities, key skills and any accomplishments or noteworthy projects.
Internships can make or break a job interview
Employers interviewing for entry level positions realise that students who have just graduated won’t have any work experience. Thus, they rely on internships to determine if potential employees are suitable.
Internships are a great way to gain practical, real world experience in your chosen career – the kind of stuff that can’t be taught and needs to be learned ‘on the ground’. Multiple internships on your CV shows that you are motivated and committed and can help you land that first job.