It doesn’t matter what role you’re applying for, you’re always going to need to send an up-to-date CV, and in most cases, a cover letter as part of your application.
Your CV should highlight any relevant work experience you have to date, as well as any volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, skills, education and contact details.
It’s important to align any experience you have with that of the internship job description, so you can really show employers why you’re the right fit.
Consider these tips when writing your CV:
- If you’ve already had some work experience, use the STAR technique – situation, task, action and result – to highlight your achievements.
- List your key accomplishments – backed up with examples and/or figures, as well as the everyday tasks performed in other jobs.
- Highlight any certificates or training courses you have done
- Try to keep your CV to one page where possible. Bullet point skills and responsibilities, keep your writing concise, and remove any waffle.
- Include a very brief bio at the top of your CV comprising one to two sentences maximum, which outlines your experience and why you want the role.
- Include any links to your personal website, portfolio, LinkedIn, or other professional channels.
Once you’ve written your CV and tailored it to the internship you’re applying for, it’s time to tackle your cover letter.
A cover letter adds additional context and information to your application, whereby you can go into more detail about your skills and past roles. It’s important that you don’t just repeat what’s on your CV, but instead persuade the reader why you’re the right candidate for the internship, including how you can benefit the business and what you’d hope to learn along the way.
A convincing cover letter might just make your intern application stand out from the crowd, even if you haven’t got as much experience as somebody else.
Use these tips when writing your cover letter:
- Demonstrate that you’ve done your research into the company, you understand it’s mission and the purpose of the internship
- Show that you have a genuine enthusiasm to work there
- Explain how previous roles or experience helped you prepare for the internship
- Share how you see yourself contributing to the success of the company, as well as the skills or training you’d like to gain along the way.
- Be sure to keep sentences clear and concise, and try to keep your cover letter no longer than two-thirds of a page.
- Ensure your cover letter is bespoke to the role and company you’re applying for.
If you’re unsure how to structure your CV, there are dozens of free CV templates online to give you a helping hand, and if in doubt, ask an ex-tutor, colleague, or trusted friend to check it over for you.