Formatting your resume

Use this resume structure as a reference when drafting and organizing your resume.

You can also download a Word template that includes the information below.

Sample student resume format

Your Name (in initial caps, bold, 14 point font size)

(Repeat name on subsequent pages, and print resume single-sided.)

Student address and/or home address
Cell phone and/or home phone
Student e-mail and/or home e-mail

Employment Objective

Not always necessary. If used, describe the types of jobs that you are most interested in, and potentially include how the jobs relate to your internship, work experience, senior design project, etc. If applying for an internship, clearly state this.


Month and year of planned graduation

  • Formal school degree, name of school, program, and location of school
  • List any school-related projects involving outside companies (e.g., senior design project)
  • List any independent study (and with which professor)
  • Work related course summary, certifications, etc. might also be used
  • List any honorary academic societies or other academic awards

Computer Knowledge

List of computer software and code writing skills. Could be organized in columns by software type or skill type.

Employment History

Company name (most recent)

City, State

Month/Year – Month/Year

Position title – describe main duties (or let this be the first bullet).

  • Briefly describe the size of the facility and main products, etc.
  • Briefly describe a project or activity you worked on.
  • Utilize key action words like cross-functional team, project management approach, business forecasting, process improvement, etc.
  • Have several interesting things to talk about in the interview (potentially bring a written project report or activity summary).
  • Include 4–6 bullets in total for each position.

Other company name

City, State

Month/Year – Month/Year

Position title – describe main duties (or let this be the first bullet).

  • Provide the same types of content listed above.

Professional Associations

List any student professional associations (like IISE) and any officer positions. Also list any professional conferences attended or any papers presented.

Hobbies & Interests

Not always necessary. If used, list a few of your hobbies and interests to serve as an icebreaker (or help make a connection with the interviewer).

[References will be furnished upon request.]

If you add the statement above, have 3–4 references already typed up on a separate sheet, ready to send out (by mail or e-mail). Check with all the listed references to get their permission and current e-mail addresses, companies, and titles. If a reference is working at a different company now than when you knew him or her, state how you knew the person and what company he or she was at when you met.