5 Easy Ways to Describe Your Internship On Your Resume

By Seow San   •   5 min read

The objective of an internship is for you to get first-hand exposure in working in the real world. Be it summer internships or winter internships, you will be able to acquire real-life work experience and skills – and these are plus points to be added to your resume.

But despite including all of your past work details on your resume, job interviews simply are not coming in. You wonder – what did you do wrong when crafting your resume? Whichever the case, we are here to help you craft the best resume you can have so you do not undermine your potential and the work you’ve done for your previous employer.

Here are some tips on how you can best describe your past work experience on your resume, and fast-track yourself to the interview stage:


Pen Down Your Internship Experiences

Make it a habit to keep track of your progress during your internship. Jot down a list of what you’ve done during your internship in your journal. Include details like the challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them, on-the-job reflections, or tricks of the trade taught by your colleagues or bosses.

Be consistent – write it at the end of every week or fortnight when your experience is still fresh in your mind. This makes it easier when you update your resume at the end of your internship. Not just that, you’d be less likely to have a mind-blank moment in future interviews, when you are asked scenario-based questions like “Tell me a challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it.”

Skip that Grandmother’s Story

Don’t be too quick to include all of your experiences in your resume – employers don’t have the time for that! Keep it short by including only skills that are relevant to the jobs you’re applying.

If you have acquired various relevant skills, return to your resume periodically to remove some of your school activities or experiences that you’ve gained a few years back! Recruiters are more interested about your recent work achievements and not a piano-teaching stint that you’ve done back when you were in Junior College.

Spice Up your Job Description: Useful List of Action Verbs & Quantify your Achievement

Be as descriptive as you can be. Don’t use mediocre words like “said”, “contributed” and “helped” – it has no impact on your recruiters. Instead, be more specific when it comes to describing your skills. Use action words like “initiated”, “designed”, “led” and “implemented” when you are describing your experiences. Here’s a useful list of action verbs you can use in your resume.

Quantify your description to make it more powerful. Numbers leave a substantial impression on employers, which enable them to gauge your performance better.

So instead of writing it this way:

TalentTribe Asia, Singapore (Mar – June 2017)

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  • Came up with new marketing campaign ideas
  • Helped to create marketing campaigns for the team
  • Came up with an editorial calendar for the content blog
  • Wrote career-related articles for the career blog
  • Helped to maintain the social media pages

Try this:

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  • Proposed and led new marketing campaign ideas for Facebook and Instagram
  • Administered the creation and execution of marketing collaterals for the team, including EDMs, brochures and social media assets
  • Created a comprehensive editorial calendar for the content blog, that increased content production efficiency by 10 articles per month
  • Composed career-related articles for the career blog, in the areas of workplace productivity, job search and resume design
  • Improved the engagement of the social media pages by 20% within 1 month through marketing campaigns targeted at undergraduates in Singapore

Check and recheck

Proofread for any spelling and grammatical mistakes. You don’t want to appear unprofessional just because of these few mistakes. So make sure you check and recheck for any spelling errors, especially the names of the company and your positions. Correct any grammatical errors you have.

Always get someone to check your resume. Anyone is prone to blind spots. Even if you’ve checked, you may have missed out certain details. Having a third party to review your resume minimises the mistakes made. And knowing that you only have one chance to make a great first impression, this sure is important.

Plus Point: Visuals or Video to Showcase Your Experience

Get creative: showcase your experiences with a portfolio.

Instead of traditional paper write-outs, use presentation slides or videos to spice up your resumes.

Include a portfolio ZIP file or PDF of some of the past presentation decks you have done for school if you are applying for a marketing position, or add in any reports if you are looking for a financial position! Even though it takes more effort to create visuals, it’s worth the shot.

Don’t Be Shy About Your Internship Experiences.

Every skill, be it hard skill or soft skill, that you have learnt during your internship is something worthy to be put on your resume. Don’t discount your own efforts!

Seow San

TalentTribe Writer


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