How to showcase your corporate internship on a resume?

As the job market has become more competitive in passing months, it is getting more than important for aspiring students to list all the relevant internships on their resume. It is even proven and seen that students who outlay their corporate internships in the very beginning of resume attract more recruiters than those who keep it for the end. Being a fresher, you must understand that even a little experience or volunteering can set your application apart from others. 

Pursuing a masters degree itself offers a breadth of experiences that prepare an individual for the job they want. Then, why most of the aspiring student find it difficult to be the limelight of interview drives even when they carry a bag full of professional experiences including internships, summer training and, volunteering experiences. 

When to list your internship on a resume?

Listing internships on the resume directly states that you’ve got the required professional ethics and broadly aware of the corporate culture. After all, working in corporate culture for just two-three months simply means that you’ve been through the critical experience; the mindset shift from college campus to the corporate sector dictates your skills and abilities. But, again, it is important to seek when to add a particular internship on your resume. 

Include internship on your resume when:

  • It seems relevant to the job you’re applying for. 
  • It dictates any particular skills/strengths that catch the attention of a recruiter. 
  • It helps your application to move from ‘unexperienced fresher’ to ‘experienced fresher’ slot. 
  • You’ve interned from a renowned company which can possibly uplift your career start.  

Where to put internships on a resume?

Corporate internships should be land nicely in a separate section on your resume. Being a fresher, you can either put your internships under the ‘Work Experience’ section or create a separate ‘Professional Development’ section. Internships are real-world experience and should be given equal weightage in resume. 

Added Bonus! Try out STAR Method to showcase your corporate internship on a resume. 

Unlike a normal CV, STAR-based CV focuses on providing a concise narrative of your experiences and help you to picture your core competencies effectively. STAR is an acronym for ‘Situation, Task, Activity, Result’, and is widely known as an approach that allows aspiring candidates to list out their knowledge and present its practical usage in an organization. So, with STAR approach in your CV – you can bespeak your intellect and capabilities without actually talking much. 

How you can make use of these four words to convey your role in a particular internship?

Situation: Take this slot to describe your role & responsibilities in the company you’ve interned with. Here, indirectly you’re describing your capabilities. 

Describe Task: While writing for this particular slot, think of a time when you had to show your qualities by completing a specific task or solving a problem. Use this to describe your qualities and attitude towards the situation. 

Activity: This is the slot where you can flaunt your uniqueness and talk about the initiative you took, guidelines you followed, and time you spent to complete a particular task. Here, you should picture your strengths and relevant steps taken to get ahead of a task assigned. 

Result: How growth-oriented was the outcome of your actions? What specific contributions did you make in the success of the project? Specify all the results you’ve bagged either single-handedly or with the entire team. 

STAR is an approach that demonstrates your knowledge and tells the interviewer you’ll add real-world value to the organization. One best part of stating this approach in your resume is that it answers many follow up questions and eradicate doubts a recruiter may have.