In today’s competitive job market, a relevant internship can set you apart from other job applicants. This is especially true if you are a student or recent graduate with little work experience, or if you are changing careers.
Don’t hide your internship experiences at the bottom of your resume. Instead, highlight your internship experiences, and detail how they have prepared you for the job you want.
When to Include Internships on Your Resume
You should include an internship on your resume when the internship is relevant to the job you are applying for. This is especially the case when you are a student or recent graduate with limited work experience. Internships provide you with critical experience in an industry, so be sure to include them to show your skills and abilities.
You should also include internships when you are making a career change. While you might have many years of work experience, these jobs might not relate to your new career. Highlight any internships that have prepared you for a job in your new industry.
When to Leave Out Internships
You can begin to remove internships from your resume when you’ve developed enough work experience in your field. After about five or so years (or two or three jobs) in your industry, you can focus primarily on this work history rather than on your past internship experience.
If you held a particularly prestigious internship in your field, you might keep it on your resume for a bit longer.
For example, if you had an internship at Google or Facebook, or another important internship in your industry, keep it on your resume.
Where to Put Internships
Work Experience Section: Because internships provide important work experience, you should include your internships in the “Work Experience” or “Work History” section of your resume, along with other jobs you have held.
Internships Section: If you have held multiple internships, you can include a separate “Internships” section on your resume. Put this section towards the top of your resume. Put your “Internships” section above your “Work History” section if your internships are particularly relevant to the job you are applying for.
Whatever you do, don’t put your internships at the bottom of your resume or in the “Education” section. Internships are real-world experiences, and should be given as much weight as a job.
How to Include Internships
When you include an internship on your resume, include the same information as any other job:
- Include the internship title. If possible, don’t just say “Intern” – ask your supervisor if you have a more detailed title, such as “Marketing Intern” or “Sales Associate Intern.”
- Also include the company name, location, and the dates of the internship. You can list the dates by month and year, or by the season (such as “Summer 2018” or “Spring 2019”).
- Underneath this information, include 2-4 bullet points that list your responsibilities and achievements during the internship.
Focus on responsibilities that relate to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a writing job, mention how you wrote and published five articles during your internship. You don’t need to include your less relevant tasks, such as answering phones or photocopying.
If you are having trouble deciding what responsibilities and achievements to include, start by making a long list of everything you did at each internship. Then look at the job listing for the position you’re applying for. Circle anything from your list that matches the skills or abilities required for the job. Highlight these particular experiences.
Also ask your intern supervisor for advice on how to include your internship on your resume. He or she can help you highlight the most important skills and experiences for the industry, and can tell you what key terms from your industry to include.
Make sure that you format your internships in a way that is consistent with the way you format your other work experience.
Again, internships are just as important to your career as a job, so you should not format them differently. This is especially the case if you include internships under “Work History.” For example, if you bold your job titles, do the same for your internship titles.
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Example of Internships in a “Work Experience” Section
This is an example of a “Work Experience” section of a resume that includes two internships.
New York History Museum
New York, NY
Academic Programs Intern
Jan. 2019 – May 2019
- Developed and ran activities for museum visitors ages 5-15 for February and April school break programs
- Wrote five articles for monthly newsletter with 5,000 readers
- Conducted research on latest curriculum standards and reported findings in presentation to Education Department
Albany History Society
- Developed and implemented activities for museum visitors ages 4-10 related to new museum exhibit on the history of transportation
- Collaborated with Education Department to develop and run an all-day history workshop for elementary students
- Received award for Outstanding Intern of the Summer from the President of the Society
Resume Example With an "Internships" Section
Here is a complete resume that highlights the job candidate’s internship experience in a dedicated “Internships” section. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Microsoft Word), or read the text version below.
Resume Sample With an "Internships" Section (Text Version)
123 Cactus Lane
Dallas, TX 75001
Highly creative, trend-savvy emerging professional positioned to excel within fast-paced digital marketing environment. Well-versed in SEO strategy development, keyword research, and website optimization.
- Superb writing and graphic design talents complemented by ability to easily build rapport within social media venues including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and LinkedIn.
- Practical “hands’ on” internship experience in segmented email campaign development and social media management.
- Technical Proficiencies: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Campaign Builder, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Facebook Analytics; advanced command of HTML and CSS.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (2019); GPA 3.7
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Betta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; Golden Key
MAJOR MARKETING CORPORATION, Dallas, TX
Marketing Intern, April 2019–June 2018
Tasked with creating and launching daily eblasts and calls-to-action for high-velocity email campaigns. Identified target audiences, tracked unsubscribes, and monitored spam complaints.
- Honed expertise in template design, A/B testing deployment, market analytics, and lead management.
- Recognized by senior management for success in landing 89% of lead conversions.
WESTERN GEAR, Dallas, TX
Social Media Intern, September 2018–December 2018
As intern for upscale clothing retailer, wrote and scheduled posts on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Took and edited digital photographs of sales items; generated and analyzed social media performance reports using Google Analytics and Facebook Analytics.
- Increased Facebook audience by more than 2,000 “likes” by actively managing user conversations and encouraging repeat engagement.
- Launched and built company’s first-ever Pinterest and Instagram sites.
DALLAS CLOTHIERS, Dallas, TX
Sales Assistant, June 2017–June 2019
Concurrent with education, provided attentive customer service to clients of family-owned clothing boutique. Merchandised products and assisted clients with their selections. Operated POS system.
- Used WordPress to create new digital sales website for store.