Applying to your first internship may be difficult. However, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you. Below, you will find:
- Resume Instructions for students with no work experience
- Resume Template
- Essay tips
"Writing your first-ever professional resume is a challenge. How do you sell yourself to an employer, when you don't have any experience in your targeted field? When writing your first resume with no work experience, it's appropriate to include casual jobs like babysitting, pet sitting, lawn mowing, and shoveling snow. All experience counts - and the way you present yourself, your skills, and your assets to a hiring manager begins with a strong resume."
-Alison Doyle, The Balance
For more tips, please visit The Balance
Resume Sample Preview:
For this particular application, you will need to answer the following questions in 250 words or more. You may find the follow-up questions to the prompts helpful in your brainstorming stage.
What experiences have shaped your career goals in health? Please include specific examples from your academic successes and struggles and personal experiences.
- Why do you want to pursue a career in health?
- What is a specific experience that made you say, "wow--I want to become a [doctor, nurse, epidemiologist, health administrator, therapist"?
- Which classes, adults, etc. have encouraged you to explore careers in health?
- Why is it important for you to specifically pursue a career in health?
How will this internship experience help move you towards your goal?
- What does this internship offer that will help you move towards becoming a health care professional?
- Which part(s) of the internship would you like to learn more about?
- Which part(s) of the internship would supplement your current academics, activities, etc. the most?
- Why and how would these components help you become a health professional? Will it help you choose which major you will pursue in college? Will it help you choose which college you would like to attend to? Will it provide you with a mentor in this field?
- Which part(s) of the internship is the most appealing to you? Why?
- How will this internship help you [better your community, help your family, etc.]?
GENERAL ESSAY TIPS:
- Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
- Your essays should be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Have a teacher or trusted friend or adult review your essays before submitting.
- Try to avoid statements that reflect a generic approach to the program or unfamiliarity to the internship you are applying for.
- Be sure to visit the websites of the internships you are applying for to make sure it is a good fit for you.
- If you are unsure if the internship is a good fit for you, feel free to mention what you would like to explore.
- Use these essay prompts as a chance to show who you are and what’s important to you.
- Try to keep your answer focused and avoid the urge to spill everything. Instead, discuss one or two subjects that reveal your best qualities.