How To Compile A CV For Internships

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Submitting a well-written Curriculum Vitae (CV) can help you show potential employers that you are an ideal candidate for an internship position. Below is guide that can help you compile a CV for an internship position. 


Completing an internship can help you achieve your career goals, as it gives you a chance to practice skills you've learned in the classroom with guidance from professionals in the field.

Interns often fill roles that involve work in multiple areas of a business, allowing them to learn more through guided practice in real professional situations.

There are several sections to include in your CV but always remember that your CV should be tailored for the internship programme you are applying for.

Sections to include in your CV:

Personal information

Start off your CV with a basic list of your contact details and make this information easy to read so prospective employers can easily contact you about the position.

  Here’s what you should include:

  • Mobile number – It is crucial to Include your current cell phone number, so potential employers can easily contact you. 
  • Email address – Most employers prefer email correspondence, so it is always important to include your email address
  • Location – You can share your town or city, there is no need to include your full address.


Often referred to as a ‘personal statement’ or ‘motivation’. Usually, a CV motivation statement provides employers will provide a brief overview of skills and abilities.

It should highlight why you are right for the internship. It is also important to use this section of your CV to show hiring managers you are ready to learn and eager to apply the knowledge you've acquired throughout your educational experiences.

Additional languages

If you do speak any additional languages, it's important to list these as separate qualifications on a CV. 

Key skills

The skills section on your CV is highly important. Here you can focus on including any skills or knowledge that you have that is relevant to the specific role of job.

List at least five main skills to show your top qualifications as a potential intern. It's important that these skills relate to the job description for the internship role you're pursuing.

Previous Work Experience

Employers usually don’t expect interns to have years of work experience

While the internship may be your first career-focused employment, listing additional work experience can prove your ability to succeed in a professional environment.

Previous jobs in retail or babysitting can show responsibility and dedication to employers looking for interns.

Education and Qualifications

As you’ll have limited work experience, you can dedicate lots of space for your education. An internship connects your qualification programme to your future career industry, educational background is an important part of your CV. 

Awards and Certifications

Include academic, career and other relevant awards you have received as part of your CV. You can also include a section for publications if you've contributed to a significant academic or professional journal or other published work.

Hobbies and Interests

The section is optional, which should only be used if your hobbies or interests are relevant to the internship you are applying to.

A key tip is to research the role and review the job you are applying for. A CV for an internship needs to be both visually pleasing and packed with targeted content. Keep it short but also include the necessary information.


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