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A CV is essential when applying for an internship.
It must clearly display your personal details, experience & skills.
Your CV should be appealing, easy to read and informative.

DO:
1. Use professional & formal language.
2. Include relevant personal information.
3. Use a clear and basic format, but make it visually appealing.
4. State your skills and experiences in detail.
5. Point out your achievements, strengths and qualifications.
6. Include your language skills.
7. Show your relevant industry qualifications.
8. Include reference contact details.
9. Include work experience & previous internships: all previous experience should be presented chronologically.
10. List your interests: think about which interests could be beneficial for the internship position which you are applying for. Don’t include too many or inappropriate ones, e.g. drinking on the weekends
11. Appear professional: don’t use too many abbreviations & use a suitable email address (e.g “sexxychick92@hotmail.com” doesn’t make a good impression!)
12. Always check your CV for spelling & grammar mistakes!

DON’T:
1. Include too many details: Employers don’t need to be informed about each and every subject you chose in high school. Point out the ones that are relevant for your internship.
2. Lie about your experiences: sooner or later an employer will find out and you will have to face the
consequences.
3. Use different fonts and colours.
4. Include information which is too personal: religion and your marital status don’t belong on your CV.
5. Include family member’s names and their jobs: the CV is supposed to be about YOU and not your brothers and sisters!
6. Include inappropriate pictures: never use party pictures or half naked pictures! Facebook pictures belong on Facebook, not your CV.
7. Include your primary school: this goes back too far and isn’t of any interest for the host company.
8. Make it too long: Two pages is the maximum.

OPTIONAL:
1. Consider a portfolio or creative style when applying for an internship in the design field.
2. Include a professional picture of yourself.
3. Detail your computer skills: this doesn’t include your Facebook & Twitter skills, but rather industry relevant software.