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Fashion Internships: How to find them, apply & land the job

Fashion Internships: How to find them, apply & land the job

In this simple guide you will find:

  1. Advice on finding the best fashion internships
  2. How to write a fashion internship CV
  3. A guide through the easy application process
  4. How to land the job
  5. Getting into this industry with no experience
  6. 5 reasons why you should complete a fashion internship abroad.

First, here is how you should begin your research…

How to find fashion internships

The first tip we give to anyone looking for an internship is… do your research! By this we mean thoroughly research the internship company, read their reviews, try to find some testimonials and make sure, not to skim over the small print.

To find the latest internship opportunities, make sure to keep an eye on our internship listing pages on Intern China and Intern Vietnam. Take a look below to find our current fashion positions. Our red logo indicates our China locations and green indicates Vietnam:

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Once you’ve found your perfect opportunity, it’s important to make sure your CV is going to impress the potential employer…


Here’s how to write a resume for a fashion internship

The basics…

Your CV is your first opportunity to impress a potential employer, so it is one you should grab with both hands and fully prepare for. Here are the basic tips that will build the foundation of your CV:

  • Contact information and personal details should be clearly displayed.
  • Try not to exceed 2 pages, it should be concise and to the point (avoid waffle!)
  • Don’t forget to include your qualifications and work experience.
  • Use professional language (no slang or inappropriate words)
  • Sell yourself! If you read your CV and get bored, imagine how an employer will feel? Keep it fast paced and make sure to showcase your best qualities.


Tailoring your CV to the fashion industry…

We understand that it can be difficult to express your creativity and eagerness for fashion through the typical CV layout, so here are a few extra tips guidelines for making the right impression:

  • If photos of your work are relevant to the job in hand, include them in the document.
  • If you have a portfolio of work including photos and videos, it may be a good idea to showcase them on a blog and include the link on your CV.
  • Use exciting and engaging language to describe your creative history.
  • Stay away from the ‘creative’ fonts! Arial or Calibri are good options for a CV.
  • Simplicity is key. Your writing and enthusiasm should be the star of the show, so stick to a simple layout and avoid anything confusing or unprofessional.

If you’d like more writing advice and the perfect internship CV example, take a look at our ‘How to write a CV for an internship’ guide.

Once you’ve written the perfect CV, make sure to apply as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out on the best opportunities. Keep reading to find out how to apply…


How to apply for a fashion internship

We understand the importance of a simple application process so that all our opportunities are accessible to as many people as possible.

To apply, all you need to do is…

  1. Send us a quick message to let us know your preferred destination, the industry you’d like to work in, what accommodation you’re looking for and when you’d be able to start the program.

Here’s what happens after…

  1. We’ll get back to you promptly to discuss your funding options and provide some fantastic internships for you to choose from.
  2. You may have a Skype interview with the company.
  3. You will (hopefully) secure your internship deal and sign our booking form to secure your place on the program.
  4. Our team of experts will guide you through the departure process and prepare you with everything you need.
  5. We meet you at the destination and your adventure begins!

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Apply today to get some more information about our fashion internships and see if you are eligible.

Once you’ve applied, you may have a short anxious wait ahead of you before you get any feedback. Depending where you’re applying to and what kind of programme it is, you may or may not need to have an interview.

Whether it is face to face, over the phone or even over video call, here are some top tips for landing the internship…


Smashing the interview – How to land a fashion internship

If you apply for a fashion internship roles, you may have a Skype interview with the company who will hire you. These interviews can be nerve wracking, which is why we want to give you our expert tips for landing this position.

Here are some dos and don’ts for your interview:

DO be on time. A set time will be arranged for the interview, so make sure to start up your device and log into Skype at least 15 minutes before, so you aren’t late. You don’t want to make a bad impression before the interview has already started!

DON’T dress inappropriately. If you’re taking part in a video call, make sure to dress professionally (at least for the top half that the interviewer will be able to see!) This is also a good opportunity to show off your sense of style.

DO have some inspiration prepared. Especially in this industry the interviewer may ask you which style icons or brands you are inspired by, so don’t be put on the spot by not having an answer prepared.

DON’T fail to prepare. Write notes, do research and you could even try a practice interview with a friend. You don’t want to read off a script when answering the questions, but you do want to have a general idea in mind just in case the pressure or nerves tries to get the better of you.

DO show your enthusiasm for fashion. You may think the industry is full of cool fashionistas that rarely crack a smile, but this simply isn’t true! Enthusiasm, passion, good manners and a big smile go a long way.

DON’T try to be someone you’re not. If you have a passion for fashion and have your own sense of style, stick to it and showcase your individuality. It may become transparent if you’re trying to be someone you’re not, so we always recommend being yourself in interviews.


Here’s how to get a fashion internship with no experience

If you’re applying for a fashion internship and haven’t been able to get relevant experience, this is out of your control, so try not to dwell on it. Focus on what you do have control over, such as the application process, your CV, cover letter and the interview.

You may be up against candidates that do have some fashion experience, but this doesn’t mean that they’re bound to get the job. It will involve a little extra work on your part, but I know that you’ve got the motivation to do that.

Here are our tips for applying when you have no experience:

  • Don’t be put off ­– Experience is not essential, so don’t let a lack of it put you off applying for this opportunity.
  • Never stop learning – Fashion knowledge is readily accessible in todays online world, so keep up to date with the latest news and trends. This will also make you feel much more confident in your CV writing and interview.
  • Be your own experience – If you’re struggling to find work experience in this industry, hire yourself. Start a blog, ask your friends to take some fashion photos of your outfits, start writing about the latest trends or start your own YouTube channel.
  • Research for experience – If starting a blog or YouTube channel isn’t the best option for you, research what online experience is available. Take a look at online courses, classes or qualifications you could gain.
  • Fully utilise your skill set – Although you might not have relevant experience in this industry, you may still have relevant experience in another industry that has given you admirable skills. Organisation, time management and good communication skills are all attractive qualities for jobs in the fashion industry.

Now you’ve got all the tips for starting your dream career, you need to start thinking about whereabouts you’d like to work. The possibilities are endless in fashion, and there are hundreds of cities across the world to choose from.

Here are 5 top reasons why you should complete your programme abroad…


5 Reasons why you should complete your fashion internship abroad

Completing a fashion internship abroad is one of the most exciting opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Not only will you thrive in the fast-paced world of fashion, but you will also be fully immersed in a new and fascinating culture.

We highly recommend completing your internship abroad, here’s why:

  1. Get to know new people and make lifelong friends from around the world. There will be plenty of other interns for you to socialise with that are experiencing this exciting opportunity alongside you. This is the perfect way to build meaningful friendships that make the trip all the more special.
  2. Learn about a fascinating culture and history first hand. Reading about it in a textbook is worlds apart from witnessing a new culture with your own eyes. Learn about a new way of life, try the delicious local cuisine and take part in traditional practices.
  3. Build your global network and gain new business connections. When else are you going to get the opportunity to build business connections on the other side of the world?
  4. Gain the confidence you need to succeed in your future career. Completing your program in a different country may seem intimidating, but it will give you the confidence you need to excel in your chosen career.
  5. Make your CV stand out from the competition. When applying for a job, how are you going to stand out from applicants who all have the same relevant experience? We have the answer, completing your internship abroad. This shows you have initiative and an impressive can-do attitude.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the exciting opportunities you could get involved in, get in touch today and we can discuss the best options for you.



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Q&A: What is an Internship? What does it mean for you?

In this article we’ve hand picked the most common questions asked about internships. However, if you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, you can simply drop us a line and our experts will be on hand to respond in a flash.

Keep reading to find out the ultimate benefits of doing internships and how to decide if they are right for you and your future career. The article is separated into various sections, as follows:

  • Part 1: What internships involve, how long they last and the different types
  • Part 2:  Choosing whether an internship is the best option for you
  • Part 3: Choosing where to do your internship
  • Part 4: Advantages of an internship and benefits on your career


Part 1: What internships involve, how long they last and the different types

Read this section to get thorough answers to some of the more generic questions you might have about being an intern – both at home or abroad. When you’ve read it, you should know exactly what an internship can mean for you, what types are available and even the different options.


What is an internship?

An internship is a temporary position within a company, designed to provide training and first-hand knowledge of the skills needed to hold down a particular job. Many people use an internship to gain relevant and valuable experience, so they can pursue their chosen career path with renewed confidence.

Roles as an intern are available in nearly all work sectors and are an ideal introduction to the exciting world of business, industry and professions in general.


How does an internship work?

There are many different ways it can work. It is possible to organise one yourself by getting in touch directly with the company, which can be the usual format in the UK.

However, for international internships, it is often much easier to use an intern organisation company who can support you through the process.

From visa application, health and travel insurance or airport transfers, 24 hour support and much more, Pagoda Projects has packages include everything you need for a safe, fun and life-changing experience.

For more information on how our programmes work, take a look at our Vietnam Internships or our China Internships websites.


What do you do during an internship?

Your role as an intern will often require you to get involved in a variety of tasks. For example, you will most likely be assisting one of the more senior members of the team, who will need help their day-to-day tasks.

Internships aren’t just about work, there is so much to do in our exotic, exciting and exhilarating destinations.

From relaxing on some of the world’s best beaches to exploring ancient temples of worship, there will never be a dull day on your international adventure. There’s more than just work experience on offer here – there are experiences of a life-enhancing nature as well.

Head over to our Facebook or Instagram to see what incredible trips our interns have been on recently.

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How long does an internship last?

Usually anywhere between one and 12 months. In the UK, they can’t last any longer than 12 months, as this is the legal maximum duration. Although, there is no minimum time frame as to how long they can last.

If you’re applying to work during the summer, this will often be in-between university terms and therefore it will last approximately 3 months.

Pagoda Projects offer the flexibility of different program lengths so that anyone can get involved, as we realise it is not always possible to commit to a full year.


Can an internship be part-time?

One of many great things about internships is that they are pretty flexible. They can be full-time or part-time, but the hours you are required to commit to will depend on the employer.


What are Paid internships?

This is where you (the intern) are considered an employee and therefore paid the national minimum wage, at least.

When an internship is created, it is for the employer to decide whether it should be paid or voluntary, and this does vary from business to business.


What are Off-cycle internships?

Intern programmes usually take place during the summer months, so when companies advertise off-cycle programs, they simply mean ones that will run at a different time of year, rather than the usual summer cycle.

And why not? Summer, autumn, winter or spring, the benefits can set you on your way to the rewarding, fulfilling career. One you always dreamed of.

We provide a wide variety of options that run from one end of the calendar to the other, catering for those who favour a summer internship and others who, due to holiday commitments or whatever reason, find themselves more suited to a different season.


Part 2:  Choosing whether an internship is the best option for you

What’s the difference between internships and training?

The main difference between these two types of educational programs is that an internship is a more practical way of learning, whereas training is about learning the basics, in theory, before you apply the skills to your role.

Training is usually offered to those who have gained a permanent job but need professional education before starting their role.

An internship is a temporary program where the individual learns on the job but is not guaranteed a permanent role in the company.


What’s the difference between internships and apprenticeships?

There are 4 big differences between an internship and apprenticeship:

  1. Apprenticeships are always paid, whereas internships are sometimes on a voluntary basis.
  2. Apprenticeships can last a lot longer, usually 1 – 2 years.
  3. A qualification is gained through completing an apprenticeship.
  4. Apprenticeships are designed for the worker to continue in that specific industry, whereas internships are more of a trial to determine whether a particular career is suitable for the person concerned.

Generally, interns are less of a commitment and perfect for those who are unsure of what career to choose.


What’s the difference between internships and externships?

The two main differences are the type of work and how long it lasts.

Basically, an externship is much shorter, generally running only for a few weeks, and it usually consists of job shadowing. This is where the trainee will shadow a professional in the industry and learn through watching them at work.

Internships on the other hand, allow you to complete on-the-job training and gain first-hand experience of what the work entails.


What’s better, an internship or volunteering?

When deciding between these two options, the first question you should ask yourself is:

‘Why do I want to do it?’

If it’s to gain skills and kick-start your career, then an internship is best for you.

If it’s simply to fill spare time and help those in need, then volunteering can be a great way to go.

Although an intern programme is primarily designed to train you with new skills and give you work experience, you will also meet fascinating people, take part in experiences you will always remember and explore some breath-taking destinations.


What’s better, an internship or applying for a job?

Decision-making in summer is more than holiday destinations and who to invite round for a barbecue. For many, there are weightier matters to consider, such as how you want your working life to pan out.

You’re about to embark on an adventure you hope will be rewarding and enriching, so it’s vital you get off on the right foot. Does that mean applying for an intern role or plunging straight into your first job?

Of course, there are benefits to both, but it’s not always easy working out which is best for you.

If there is a particular industry or line of work you are attracted to, but experience is required, an internship is the perfect way to acquire it. You will gain professional experience as well as skills that will fill you with confidence and belief that the career you yearn for, really is within your grasp.

If, on the other hand, you want to start your career as soon as possible and don’t require work experience, you may consider taking the direct route into the job market.

Either way, there can be no doubting an international internship represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opens up an unforgettable pathway into whatever area of the workplace takes your fancy.


Part 3: Choosing where to do your internship

What internship should I do?

You want to become an intern, you realise the benefits and you’re excited for this exhilarating adventure in your life, but… what internship should you do? We get asked this a lot, and of course there is no right answer.

To decide which the best course is for you, we recommend considering and researching these 6 factors:

  1. What is your dream career? If there is a set industry you’d love to work in, gaining the right kind of experience could be the first stepping stone to your dream career.
  2. What kind of skills do you want to learn? Whether it is hands-on, language, design, customer service, technological or any other type, decide what you’d like to learn from the program, so you can choose the best one for you.
  3. How much time can I commit? Programs can last from one to 12 months, so it is important to work out how much time you can commit before applying.
  4. Is money important to me? If you are motivated by the thought of an enriching experience where you will gain valuable new skills, then you have a huge range of options. If money is your main focus, you may be slightly more limited in your choice. We would say – sacrifice a little now, to gain a lot in the future.
  5. Do you want full-time or part-time work? It is best to decide on this before you start looking for programs. Part-time gives you more scope for exploring your surroundings and travelling, while full-time may give you a more enriching experience and more skills in the industry.


Where can I find internship opportunities?

Using a trusted internship company is vital when doing your research, as plenty of scam websites and unofficial organisations exist to take advantage of applicants.

Before contacting a company to ask about opportunities, research thoroughly to ensure they are a legit business, offering high-quality programs. Read reviews, testimonials and take a look at their social media pages.

To find some of the amazing opportunities we provide in Asia, take a look at our internships in Vietnam.


Where should I do an internship?

Travelling abroad for an internship may feel like leaving your comfort zone but staying in it isn’t exactly renowned for living life to the full. Completing your program in another country is truly a life-changing experience that allows you to immerse yourself in a fascinating new culture.

There are many things to consider when choosing the location for your internship. Cost, culture, language, travel opportunities and safety are all important factors that need weighing up.

We offer programs in Asia as we believe it is a fantastic opportunity to add a new dimension to your outlook on life, an enriching, enthralling experience that will stay with you for good. The cost is low, the culture is rich, there are fascinating languages to learn, the travel opportunities are endless, and safety is at the forefront of all our programs.


Should I do an international internship?

An international internship will take you on a journey that, as well as being memorable, will arm you with the tools to build your future. Here are 5 reasons why you should look abroad to complete your program:

  1. Immerse yourself in a new culture. There aren’t many opportunities to learn first-hand about the rich history and fascinating cultures of countries around the world, but an internship is one. In fact, we can’t think of any better!
  2. Build your global network. How many people do you know who have professional contacts from all around the world?
  3. Learn a new language. It becomes so much easier to pick up words and phrases when you are constantly hearing them from native speakers. You’ll also soon acquaint yourself with the regional dialect and be sounding like a local in no time!
  4. Gain independence. Living in a foreign country, away from familiar surroundings, will help you develop an independent streak that will stand you in good stead as you branch out in life and take on more responsibility.
  5. Stand out from the competition. You have experience and an impressive can-do attitude, but what will make you rise above the rest when applying for your dream job? How about the commitment, initiative, confidence and drive that comes from completing one of our international programs? That should do it.


Part 4: Advantages of an internship and benefits on your career

What are the advantages of an internship?

We hear a lot of ‘are they really worth it?’ questions, and the answer is a resounding YES.

There are so many benefits to these programs for so many different people. In fact, we even have a post explaining 16 reasons why you should get involved. But for now, here are the top 5 reasons for it being widely regarded as a not-to-be-missed experience:

  1. It’s your dream career, or so you’ve always thought. But is it really the stuff of dreams? Only one way to find out, and that’s with an internship that will allow you to get a feel for the job and whether it’s something you want to pursue and be involved in the rest of your working days.
  2. Get some direction in your life. If you’re unsure about your career, education or what path you want to take in life, our international programs are an exciting way to get a new perspective and gain inspiration for your future plans.
  3. Meet new people. Many of our interns make lifelong friends on their programs and are eternally grateful for the opportunity to build these meaningful relationships.
  4. Take part in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From visiting spectacular national parksto watching the sunset on Vietnam’s most exclusive roof top bar.


Will an internship benefit your career?

Yes, it will, on so many different fronts. Here are the top 5 ways it will have a beneficial long-term effect on your career:

  1. It is an exciting introduction into the world of work (especially in an eye-catching, colourful country such as Vietnam!)
  2. It is a chance to build your professional network and meet experts in the industry.
  3. You gain essentials skills that are sure to impress future employers.
  4. You gain work experience which many companies look for in an applicant.
  5. It is a chance to trial the job and see whether you want to a pursue a career in that industry.


Can an internship be considered as work experience?

It most certainly can. In fact, an internship is one of the most valuable, worthwhile ways to gain work experience. Not only are you proving to employers you can and already have worked in the industry successfully, but you also gain a plethora of skills that will make you stand out from your competition.

Skills you may gain from your work experience can include:

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a team
  • Time management
  • Independence and confidence from working in a foreign country
  • Good initiative
  • Being responsible and reliable
  • Cultural awareness

Our programs are the perfect first step on to the career ladder. Apply today and we will be in touch with the best opportunities we currently have for you.

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How to write a CV for an internship even when you have no experience

In this guide you’re going to get the best tips for seriously impressing employers and earning your dream internship.

Just skills and experience aren’t enough to stand out from a huge pile of CVs, you need much more than that.

That’s why I’m giving you the essentials to internship CV writing and all the tips you need to know before applying for a job. This guide includes…

  1. How to prepare your CV & what information you should include.
  2. Writing tips for creating an impressive CV.
  3. What to write when you have no work experience.
  4. An internship CV example to inspire your writing.

First, here’s what you need to prepare for your internship CV…

1. How to prepare your cv for an internship – what information you should include

The preparation of your CV is just as important as the creation of it. There is a lot of information to collect and of course, it all needs to be completely accurate.

There is often a short wave of panic when writing a CV… ‘Have I remembered everything? What have I left out?’

Fear not, applying for internships is stressful enough, so rely on our handy checklist. Here’s the information you need to collect before writing your CV:This is pretty vital, please don’t forget to include your contact details (you’d be surprised at how many people do!) By contact details, we are referring to:
• Your full name – no nicknames or abbreviations.
• Phone number – a mobile number will do just fine.
• Email address – avoid or any other inappropriate variant of this that will make you look unprofessional. Try just to stick to your name, such as
• Social media – only include this where it’s appropriate and relevant. For example, if you’re applying for a creative or social media job and you have a professional profile, it’s a good idea to include this.
• Website – if you have one, great! Make sure to include the URL if it’s relevant to the job.Who are you? A daunting question… we know.
But, in the first short paragraph try sum yourself up in a few short, punchy sentences.
Include your most favourable characteristics, any relevant hobbies, what you’re passionate about and your future goals (hopefully working in the sector that you’re applying for).
This can be one of the lengthiest tasks when collecting information for your CV.
Reflect back on your full history of work experience and make note of dates (months and years – you don’t have to be too specific) and the role you had at each particular job.
Make a summarised timeline of your employment history that is in easy to digest bullet points or short paragraphs.

As an intern…
You may not have years of experience, but really try to make the best of what you do have. It doesn’t matter where you’ve worked, chances are, you will have improved your communication, team working and customer service skills.
Ah, the star of the show. Your impressive set of remarkable skills. This is your time to shine and really sell yourself to potential employers.
Use your work experience, education and hobbies to create a list of the admirable skills you have acquired. Once you have brief points of the skills you want to mention, you can go into detail when actually writing your CV.
As an intern…
You’re bound to have picked up more skills in University and even college. So, think really hard about what your best skills are. Click here to view some examples in our CV template
Where did you go to school? What qualifications did you gain? What additional education or training have you acquired?
These are the questions you need to find answers to when preparing to write a CV.

As an Intern…
Remember that this section doesn’t just refer to school or university. If you have additional training that could make you stand out from other candidates, make sure to include it. Some examples could be:
• First aid training certificate
• Any training programs you completed in previous employment
• Courses you have taken that are relevant to the job
• Apprenticeships or internships you may have completedMost employers don’t expect a full reference on your CV as they will usually request one when needed.
However, it is important to include some details about a reference, so employers know that they can have access to one.
At the end of your CV, simply include the name, number, email address and their relationship to you (e.g previous manager, school teacher, trainer etc). Just make sure you have the persons permission first.
Or, write a short explanation stating that a reference is available upon request.

As an intern…
This is a great way to show what you can do even if you don’t have years of experience. A reference gives an insight into how you are as an employee, so find someone you’ve had a professional relationship with that can illustrate just how brilliant you are.You’ve collected all the information, hurrah! You’re halfway there, now find our top tips for creating an impressive CV…

2. Writing tips for creating an impressive CV

You know what to include, you’ve rounded up the relevant information, I think you’re ready.
Ready to create the best CV to ever exist.
A slight exaggeration? Maybe. But after these 9 tips your CV will be a shining beacon of hope in the thick pile of documents on your potential employers’ desk…

Be relevant

Did you have a dog walking job for a year in 2015? Great, it probably taught you responsibility, patience and organisation.
For your CV, that’s all it needs to be.

Being relevant doesn’t mean you can’t mention slightly irrelevant work experience, but it shouldn’t take up more than a line or two.
Focus on what is relevant to the job and make this the star of your CV.

As an intern…
Think back to all the jobs you’ve ever had, even if it was only for a short period of time. This could be babysitting, working in a family shop or volunteering. Summarise the unique skills you learnt from each experience and you’re well on your way to an impressive CV.

Be specific

‘Working as a waiter was beneficial for my career and personal development’ isn’t going to cut it.

Why? Why was your work experience beneficial? What did it teach you? How can it be applied to the job you are applying for?

Include all those juicy details that your potential employer is looking for.
And don’t forget to explain how you would apply it to the job, as that’s what this whole CV malarkey is all about.

But, this doesn’t mean you should write 3 paragraphs about how waitressing taught you excellent time management. Be concise and straight to the point when you are talking about the skills you have gained.

As in intern…
Use your summarisation and writing skills to impress your potential employer. They may have never thought themselves that work experience in a clothes shop gave you a creative eye, which could be applied to the graphic design internship you’re applying for… so point it out to them!

Keep the layout simple

Less is more, as the late great Robert Browning wrote in his poetry. It’s a concept you should really adapt to when creating your CV.

Ditch the unnecessary calligraphy fonts – this is a job for good old Arial or Calibri.

Stick to clean, professional fonts allows the reader to focus on what you’re saying, rather than the distracting font.

It also allows the reader to take you seriously, as a silly font may translate that you’re not taking the job seriously or that you’re inexperienced in the professional world.

As an intern…
It’s all about showing how you can be totally professional. You’re eager for more experience and want to show that you’re serious about joining the world of work. If you’re unsure about trying a fancy font or quirky layout, err on the side of caution and play it safe.

Use a template

Cheating? We don’t think so!
Not only does a template save you a serious amount of time, but it is a sure way to make sure your layout is clean, simple and on point.

After all, it should be your brilliant writing and stellar skills that are stealing the show, not a fancy layout.

A lot of good inspiration can be found on Pinterest.

Get someone else to check it

You’ve checked it a million times, but that just might be the problem.
When you’ve been working on a single document for so long, it is easy to overlook the most common or frustrating errors.
Don’t leave it to chance. Our recommendation? Ask a dear friend to proof read it for you. Preferably someone who is pretty clued up with spelling and grammar.

They may point out something you never thought of or have a spectacular suggestion that boosts your CV to wordsmithery success.

Always keep it up to date

Handing in an out of date CV is a major offence that is highly punishable by… not getting the job.

But seriously, an out of date CV can make you look lazy, disorganised, uninterested and unprofessional. Not exactly the kind of first impression you are looking to make.

Always make sure your CV is up to date and regularly amend it with any new skills, qualifications, experience or training you receive. This means it is ready to go when you are!

As an intern…
Do you find it difficult to remember all your work experience, including small weekend jobs or the occasional babysitting? Make your life easier by updating your CV as you go and adding in experience as you complete it.

Use positive language with a professional and friendly tone

Who would you hire from these 2 examples?

‘Working in a charity shop gave me lots of skills like customer service and communication.’

‘I gained my fantastic communication abilities and finely tuned customer service skills from my enriching work experience in a charity shop’.

Getting the experience is the first step, but how you express it in your CV also holds a lot of weight in how it is received by a potential employer.
Using positive language to show enthusiasm is a simple way to engage any reader. Also make sure to keep a friendly tone and stick to professional writing. By this I mean avoid slang or any inappropriate language.

As an intern…
What you write on the page isn’t the only way to impress a potential employer. Use your CV to show off your incredible writing skills and take some extra time to carefully select your language. This is especially useful if you don’t necessarily have qualifications in writing, but you know it’s a great skill that you possess.

Keep it to a maximum of 2 pages

If it’s any longer than this, I can almost guarantee that most employers would skip it all together.
Have you ever been faced with copious amounts of text and thought ‘I’d rather not bother’? Well, employers are human too and pages and pages of text is overwhelming!

You want to make it easy for them to digest the information and be able to quickly see the key points. Keep text short and concise and always try to edit unnecessary sections out.

As an intern…
Pages of unedited (slightly waffle-y) writing can be the first sign of inexperience. Even if you don’t have lots of professional experience, show that you are ready for an internship with your ability to summarise and condense key information.

3. What to write on your Internship CV when you have no experience

CVs are designed to sell your best qualities, they aren’t all about work experience. You have plenty of desirable characteristics that make you highly sort after in the professional world, I believe in you.

If you’re writing a CV with no work experience, all you need is a little guidance and support. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Did you have any responsibilities at school?

Netball captain? The book club organiser? Great, sounds like you have strong leadership skills and impressive organisation abilities!

  • Do you have a driver’s license?

If you do, make sure to include this. It shows independence, good focus and initiative.

  • What are your best characteristics?

If you’ve always been a hard worker or have strong creative writing skills, then sell these desirable qualities. They didn’t come from work experience, you’re just naturally gifted.

  • Have you travelled?

Talk about how this taught you cultural awareness and strengthen your communication skills when in a foreign country.

  • What is your proudest achievement?

Perhaps it was that English essay you received an A* star on, or maybe the charity event you organised. Whatever it is, talk about why your skills made it a success and how they could be applied to the job.

  • Are you open to learning?

Of course you are! You’re an eager, ambitious candidate that is ready to throw themselves into a new role. You may not have a long history of employment, but show your thirst for learning and how you’re ready to gain knowledge and experience.

4. Example of a good CV for an internship

Need a little more inspiration to get your creative juices flowing?

Click here or the button above to view our CV internship template and see all of our tips in practice. Download the template and share with friends to get your CV writing in full flow!