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Internship Placement ResumeAs part of the internship placement process, personnel departments, principals, department heads and at least one teacher will be looking at your placement resume to learn something about you as a teacher. This gives you an opportunity to tell them something about yourself and gives them a chance to decide if they would like to meet you as a prospective intern.
Placement Resume vs. Professional ResumeThe placement resume is NOT the same as a professional resume. Our partner schools are looking for particular information about your educational background, your field experiences and your work in your subject area or with children. Follow closely the format specified here so that your information is easy for readers to find.
PurposeRemember that any resume is both an informational and marketing tool. You want it to represent you well. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation and formatting must be correct. Don't count on the spell check to catch all errors. Proofread the resume yourself carefully and then have someone else read it. Mentor teachers and principals sometimes reject applicants for internship who do not present themselves well in writing and therefore do not appear to be good role models for their students.
FormattingA sample formatting template and two sample resumes are provided (a one-page resume sample and a two-page resume sample). Please review the following guidelines along with the template:
- Contact information: Include your campus address, phone number and email on one side at the top and your permanent address on the other side.
- Professional Goals: A brief statement telling the sorts of placements for which you would be qualified. Be general in stating preferences about grade level or courses here to avoid giving the impression you are unsatisfied with a potential mentor teacher or school. Specific preferences for grade level or courses can and should be put in the Internship Placement Request Form or in a communication with the coordinator responsible for your placement.
- Education: Don't list the Teacher Certification Program under the date you expect to earn your B.A. or B.S. Instead, you can leave it out, or you can add "Enrolled in Teacher Certification Program" or make a separate listing with the month and year you expect to complete the MSU Teacher Certification Program. Also, MSU is prohibited from requiring that candidates release their academic information in order to secure an internship placement. Do not list your GPA on this resume. If someone asks for this or other privileged academic information, talk it over with a Team Coordinator before releasing the information.
- Pre-Internship Field Experience: Briefly describe your field experiences in TE 250, 302, 407, and 408, and in any other MSU courses in which you did field work in schools. Include both the range of weeks and hours per week you spent in these placements. Give information about what you did in the classrooms. Don't give the names of the mentor teachers you had.
- Related Work Experience, Other Work Experience, or Volunteer Experience: Don't give the name of your supervisor. If it is related to teaching or children, give a brief description of duties or accomplishments. If there is little or no tie-in to teaching, simply list the job and dates, or omit entirely.
- Personal Interests: Do not omit this – it is important to potential mentors. This would be the appropriate place to mention coaching or other extracurricular experiences you are interested in, if any.
- Set up your resume so it is very easy to read. Use an easy-to-read font. The use of bullets can be helpful in organizing your resume. A one-page resume is often plenty long enough to communicate the needed information in this context – keep the resume to one or two pages or no one will bother to read it. With regards to capitalization: The only subjects that are capitalized in a sentence are languages (English, French) unless the name of a specific course is used (American History, Street Law, Biology 102). When subjects are not in a sentence, such as listing your major and minor under the Education section, they should be capitalized. (Major: History Minor: English). Under the Personal Interest section of your resume, capitalize all or none of the items (family, reading, golf, tennis, hunting).
- Your resume will be submitted electronically via an Angel site, and you will also submit one (1) hard copy to the Secondary Team office (347 Erickson). PLEASE – use only regular printer paper, not special resume paper, and do not use paperclips, staples or other fasteners to secure these paper copies. A two-page resume should be printed front-to-back. Timelines for submitting the resumes are available on the Angel field placement site.