What to Have on a CV When Applying to Internships

It’s important to understand that acquiring a good internship will take just as much effort as landing a good job. Whether paid or unpaid, internships make up a very competitive market—and justifiably so. Most companies are happy to hire college graduates, but most prefer one with some experience in the field. Don’t waste time while you’re in school. Start applying for internships as soon as you can and get the attention of hiring managers. To do that, simply make sure that your CV covers everything they’ll need. You can do that by including at least everything here.

Contact details

These are generally found at the beginning of a CV. Include every way that an interested employer can get in touch with you: address, home phone, cell, and email address. Ensure your personal email is a professional one. Remember: only use your .edu email address if you’re currently a student. Once you’ve graduated, using a student email address seems unprofessional.

Personal Statement

This is your opportunity to stand out. Your personal statement is not restricted by past experience or former jobs, it is your opportunity to really sell yourself. Preferably, you will tailor this statement to perfectly fit any internship you apply for. Don’t be cliché, and don’t sound oblivious. Instead, aim for accurate and passionate.

Businessman Reading Resume

Education and Training

Any job you’ll ever apply for will need to know the extent of your education, but very few will be interested in accomplishments beyond your actual degree. Internships may be a different story. They are aware that most of their applicants are current students, so more of their past experiences will come from their educational lives rather than their professional. Feel free to include any impressive clubs or groups you were/are a part of in high school or college. List any experiences or skills you may have learned in particularly notable classes.


If you have references whose names you think will hold particular weight amongst a company or organization, feel free to include them somewhat early on. If not, to save valuable space, feel free to simply write a line akin to “references available upon request.”  Make sure to get in contact with your references before you include them, so that they’ll expect someone may call to ask about you.

Experience and Employment History

You may not think that you have much to offer in this area while you apply for internships, but that may not be so. Even typical high school jobs can teach skills that are valuable in your coming internships. Dealing with a cash register can prepare you for banking, stocking backrooms can prepare you for logistics, and retail can prepare you for an exciting job in sales.

Look critically and analytically at your past experiences and jobs. Don’t be too eager to throw any part of your life out, just look at the situation carefully until you can see how it applies to the field your looking into. Keep your CV looking professional. Ensure it’s neatly written, error-free, consistent and concise, and waste no time getting it into as many hands as possible.

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