What do employers look for in an intern's CV?

What do employers look for in an intern's CV?

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Creating your first CV, or curriculum vitae, and applying to internships can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect. We’ve provided you with some advice on how to put your CV together and what to include. For tips on the next step of the application process, the interview, take a look at our article “How to present yourself in internship interviews”.


Intern resumes differ from regular resumes depending on your age and experience. If you are coming straight after high school or maybe even during college, you might not have much professional experience yet. This is why it’s okay for you to state your major as well as relevant extracurricular activities and volunteering work. 


How to format your CV


Try to keep your CV short and to the point. Section it by the following titles: Info, Objective, Education, Experience, Extracurriculars and Skills.


Start off by listing your name, nationality, birthday, telephone number and email address. This way, your employer can easily see your basic information and know how to contact you immediately. 


Follow this up by your objectives. Here, you will state what you aim to bring to the table during your internship, such as relevant skills, as well as what you aim to achieve through partaking in the internship. For example, new abilities or assets you hope to gain from the experience.


Next, list your education starting by your most recent school. Share your current position at the school as well as courses which are relevant for the internship you are applying to. 


After this, add any relevant professional experience you might have. Whether it be a job you had working as a student or a previous internship. Then, list your extra curricular activities. This gives your employer extra insight on who you are as a person and can set you apart from the other candidates.


Finish your CV by listing your skills. These can vary from languages to software skills to personal soft skills such as creativity or multitasking. 


Taking on the CV cover letter


To begin the cover letter, introduce yourself and why you are writing the letter. The reason why you are applying for the position will show your motivation towards obtaining the internship and gaining further experience and skills. 


Next, share your educational background. What you have studied, why you have studied it and why you are hoping to pursue a future career involving these subjects


Follow this up by your skills, past professional experiences, relevant extracurricular activities and what you have to offer to the company you are applying for as an intern. 


End your letter by thanking the recruiter for taking the time to review your resume and application along with your email address and phone number at which they can contact you with further questions. 


Remember, before you send in your application, reread everything you have written. Make sure nothing is exaggerated as employers are relying on you to use all of the skills you have listed so there is no point in adding false information. Run a spell check and have someone check your resume and cover letter for you. Spelling, grammatical errors and resumes that are too long can be a direct indication to employers that you are not a right fit for the company and will not give your internship application a second glance. 


Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to send out your CV and find the internship that is right for you! Check out our website to view internship availabilities or contact us with any questions you may have. 

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