Your Internship Resume and Cover Letter
Your resume and cover letter are vital components of your internship search. In fact, they are probably your most important self-marketing tools. Yet, many college students still struggle with developing materials that are both visually appealing and content-rich.
Once you develop the core of a basic resume and cover letter, remember that this version is really just a starting point — because you should be adjusting each copy of your resume – and especially cover letter — that you submit, tailoring each to the specific employer and internship opportunity.
Powerful college-student resumes and cover letters have several things in common, so you can kill a number of birds with one stone with this list:
1. Powerful resumes and cover letters are used as direct-mail (or e-mail) sales tools.
It’s important to remember the purpose of a resume and cover letter. They don’t have to perform the task of getting you an internship since very few people are hired sight unseen. All they have to do is get you an interview. So the primary mission of a resume and cover letter is arouse the reader’s interest and sell yourself enough so that you get asked to meet with the employer.
The lesson here is to keep your documents concise and to the point. You don’t have to include everything about yourself, and you should not include anything that’s not relevant. You don’t have write your autobiography. Now, granted, some college students have the opposite problem. Instead of limiting the information they list on their resumes, they worry about not having enough. Others are tempted to list every class they’ve taken, every award, and every extracurricular activity. Many of these items may be worthy resume components, but for every item you’re considering inserting into your resume, ask yourself, is it relevant to the kind of job I’m seeking?