Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Writing Your Resume

Using your resume, you have about 60 seconds to convince a potential employer you deserve an interview. Thus, your resume must clearly and concisely summarize your accomplishments, your education, your work experience, and should highlight any strengths

There is no single correct way to write a resume. Resume styles depend on your field, the type of organization you are applying, and the amount of experience you have. Most important of all, you should always tailor your resume to the position of interest.

The following are the major components of a typical resume in chronological order, which is the most appropriate style for internships and entry-level job seekers.

Contact Information -

It is paramount that a potential internship host/employer can contact you. This section should include your name, address (school and, if appropriate, permanent addresses), phone number, and e-mail address.

Job Objective -

Stating your job/internship objective is discouraged. It is assumed that your objective is to obtain the job you are applying for.

Summary of Qualifications -

A section that highlights your key accomplishments and achievements in bullet form can encourage a reviewer to read your resume with greater interest. This section should highlight key skills and experience, such as "Extensive computer skills," "Environmental sampling experience," "Volunteer Coordinator for Major Earth Day festival, and so forth.

Education -

Because you have not yet graduated, this section should include school(s) attended (including years of attendance), any degrees, your concentration, and honors and awards (scholarships) received. You should list any classes you have taken that may be beneficial to the position. And, if your GPA is high (>3.5), it should be noted. GPA can be expressed, and should be correctly identified, as overall GPA, major GPA, or concentration GPA.

Experience -

In this section, you will be listing all relevant experience. This is not limited to paid work, but should include volunteer work, research support, project-based experience, and major school projects that showcase your skills and abilities relevant for the position. With each entry, be sure to include the organization/company name, job title, dates of employment, and major accomplishments.

Affiliations/Memberships -

In this section, you should list and professional and/or academic memberships or students groups. You should avoid listing any organizations that may be viewed as controversial.

References -

You should not include the names of your references on your resume, but note that they are available upon request.  Alternatively, have a separate sheet listing contact information of people who have agreed to be standing references for you.