by Tina Amo, Demand Media
Your resume is the first contact between you and the employer. Because the contents may determine whether or not you get a call for an interview, it should include any experience relevant to the job, such as your internship. The experience you gained from the position, however brief, could be your ticket to a new job.
You can create your resume in a style that suits your needs or use one of the popular resume formats. These include chronological, functional and combined. The chronological style focuses on titles, companies and dates; the functional resume highlights skills and abilities; and the combined resume merges aspects of the first two formats.
What you choose depends on the amount of experience you have acquired and where you would like employers to focus. A chronological resume might be best if your internships show progression and growth when combined with other sources of work experience. Consider a functional resume if your work experience is limited or the timing is inconsistent.
You have options on where you place your internship experience on your resume. If you have completed several internships, you could create a section titled Internship. You could place this section near the top of the resume, under your job objective to draw the employer’s attention to recent and relevant experience. You could also list your internships with jobs you have had in a section titled Work Experience. Arrange the positions in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top.
The way you list your internship experience on your resume is similar to the way you list a job. Write the title of the internship position, the name of the company, the city and the state. Follow with the date of the internship. If it was in the summer, you could write that and include the date. For instance, you might write Summer 2012. Write Internship beneath the header if you are placing the internship in the Work Experience section.
Write a description of your internship duties in a few sentences. Focus on the duties that are most relevant to the position you are interested in now. You could write the description in a paragraph or outline your experience with a bullet list. If you create a bullet list, arrange the duties in order of relevance.