Resumes & Cover letters
A good resume will not get you an internship -- but a bad resume could keep you from one.
Use the resources below:
- Resume writing - from UM Career Center
- How to Build a CV - how to successfully represent yourself, from How2Become.com
- Describing special activities - research experience, study abroad, internships, learning communities, etc., from UM Career Center
- Email correspondence - from Virginia Tech
- Writing samples - from American University
- Asking for a letter of recommendation - from Dickinson College
- Possible interview questions - from the Univ of Michigan
- Professionalism - presenting your best self, from UM Career Center
Sample ENSP resumes:
- Elliot - worked full-time after high school in international service programs. However, he wanted a technical/lab-oriented position upon graduation, so emphasized those skills on his resume. You could do the same with GIS/computer skills, foreign language skills, and/or a list of supporting courses. Elliot's format (BLANK).
- Courtney - was a Psychology major who took ENSP classes as "supporting area" and built a "minor." Her leadership activities and wealth of environment-oriented courses made her a strong candidate for environmental positions. Courtney's format (BLANK).
- include a high-quality, error-free resume. The thinking goes: if you are not taking care with your resume, then what's to say you will take care with your work?
- include a carefully-prepared cover letter that addresses the requirements of the internship and your unique qualifications for it, including your long-term goals, and personal interests.
- are appropriate to your background. Apply during early college career for less selective (often unpaid) internships to build the expertise necessary to qualify for more advanced (well-paid) internships later on. Do not spend time applying for internships you are clearly not ready for -- but do keep the information on file for next year's round of applications!
The University Career Center & the President's Promise now has embedded career advisors in each academic College that can assist you with your career development! Please click on their name to learn more about their services and to make an appointment.
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Ms. Christina Farmer
- College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences: Ms. Rachel Wobrak
- College of Behavioral and Social Sciences: Ms. Crystal Sehlke
For general services, such as resume and cover letter reviews, visit the University Career Center, 3100 Hornbake Library (South Wing, facing Campus Drive).
You may also meet with Angela if you would like help with your resume. After reviewing the examples above and revising your resume accordingly, please make an appointment if you would like to go over your draft in person (https://enspadvising.youcanbook.me/). Thank you!