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How to Write a CV for an Internship

A curriculum vitae provides internship hosts with an at-a-glance illustration of the education, experience and skills that make you the best candidate for the position. Unlike a resume, CVs are often three to five pages long and focus more on academics than work experience. Although there is no set format for a curriculum vitae, there is some information that you need to include to have the best chance at scoring the internship.

Step 1

Place your name, address, phone number and email address on separate lines at the top of the page. There is no hard rule for whether your contact information should go on the left, right or in the center of the page, so you have some stylistic freedom here.

Step 2

Create an “Objective” section first. This consists of one to three sentences that describe the goal you are trying to accomplish by participating in the internship. A statement about wanting to gain real-world experience or implementing the skills your education provides, and how the internship opportunity can help you do it, is sufficient.

Step 3

Describe your education in the next section. List the degrees you are working on or have earned, starting with your most current. Include the major, any minors, your graduation date and the school’s name, city and state. List courses that are relevant to the internship to show you have specific knowledge.

Step 4

Include a section listing any certifications or specialized training that you can apply to the internship position. Provide the name of the certification or training course, the name and location of the institution or organization that issued it and the month and year you acquired it.

Step 5

List the scholarships, honors and awards you received. Include the school or organization that granted it, along with the month and year it was given. Include short description of each award.

Step 6

Create a section for professional experience. List each job title, company name, dates of employment and a bullet list describing your duties. Use action verbs such as “developed,” “implemented” and “organized” to start each bullet entry. To keep the CV concise and relevant, only include jobs that pertain to the internship.

Step 7

List your relevant volunteer and internship experience in the following section. Follow the same format as the professional experience entries.

Step 8

Add a section for relevant languages other than your native tongue in which you are fluent or have at least working knowledge of. Indicate your proficiency level with a statement such as,”Fluent in Italian” or “Working knowledge of Farsi.”

Step 9

Review the CV for grammar and spelling errors. Even a well-structured CV with all the right qualifications can be discredited by careless mistakes, so have a peer or professor look over it as well to catch anything you may miss.