While a resume for an internship emphasizes your education history, a standard resume should highlight your relevant work experience, as that’s what employers are looking for.
Fortunately, internships count as work experience, and adding them to your resume can help you land full-time work.
When to put an internship on your resume
Internships offer valuable work experience and are a great opportunity for recent graduates or people with little work experience to pick up some important professional skills.
You should put an internship on your resume if:
- You’re a current student or recent graduate
- You have minimal work experience
- You have internship experience that is highly relevant to the job you want
However, listing internships on your resume isn’t always the right move. If you’re years into your career and are struggling to list all your relevant experience on a one page resume, you should omit internships. This gives you more space to highlight accomplishments from your full-time positions.
Where to put an internship on your resume
List your internships in the work experience section of your resume. Each internship should be placed next to previous jobs you’ve had or projects you’ve worked on.
If you’re using a chronological resume, list each internship you’ve done in the order you did it, with the most recent position at the top.
Here’s an example of internship experience listed in the proper part of a resume:
How to list an internship on your resume
List your internship experience using the same format as any full-time job you’ve held.
For each internship you’ve held, include the following information:
- Name of the company or organization you interned for
- Your position title
- Your employment start date and end date (including month and year)
Underneath, provide a bulleted list outlining projects, responsibilities, and accomplishments you made during your internship.
Be sure to frame your accomplishments in terms of how your presence directly contributed to the success of the company at large. If possible, use hard numbers such as percentages, financial figures, and/or hours you spent on a specific project.
Examples of Internships on Resumes
Digital Marketing Intern Example
Digital Marketing Intern, 2017 – 2018
American Heart Association (Dallas, Texas)
- Developed 12 editions of the AHA monthly newsletter
- Continuously updated the company website with relevant medical news
- Wrote and edited copy for brochures and pamphlets for patients
- Received training and certification in BackLinko’s Advanced SEO Strategies
Computer Technician Intern Example
Computer Technician Intern, 2015 – 2017
Asus (Berkley, California)
- Performed 30+ computer repairs and maintenance checks per week
- Assisted in regular installations and system updates
- Applied troubleshooting tactics and predictive maintenance practices to reduce downtime by 12% across the board
Legal Intern Example
Legal Intern, 2016 – 2017
Shelley Ingram Law Office (Columbia, Maryland)
- Developed hundreds of polished legal documents, including briefs and memos, to aid court affairs
- Coordinated 40+ hours of trial exhibits to support litigation proceedings
- Mitigated the overall legal team’s workload by at least 6% by creating highly research legal paperwork