Student project summary format

It helps to prepare some written summary reports (1-2 pages each) of some of your student projects, to bring to a job interview to show to a hiring manager, along with your separate resume.  Make sure these student projects are mentioned briefly on your resume, as well.

Shown below is a format of how to write up some of your student projects or internship projects. 

You can also use this format to prepare a short summary of your senior design project, since the project’s poster may be too detailed, and the executive summary in the final report may not be a stand-alone document.

More information on the ISE Senior design project


Page 1 of x
(if longer than 1 page)

Your Name

Title of the project: 

Type of project: 
[Student class project for a specific class, or done as an internship, or part of your regular work history.]

Size of the study team: 
[Was this a single person study, or multi-person team, and also if a cross-functional team.]

Name of the company/customer/owner: 
[This only applies to a real company project, not a theoretical project with no customer.]

Objectives of the project:
This may be 1-2 paragraphs in length.
[This is the stated objective(s) that this project is supposed to resolve when completed.] 

Description of the product, or this facility: 
This may be several sentences or paragraphs in length.  You might want to attach a picture of the products, or a link to their product or services website.
[This will help put the entire project in perspective for a hiring manager reading it.]

Methodology used: 
This may be a bullet list of the major steps taken during the project; in the order they were done.
[This is not intended to be as detailed as the project schedule or work breakdown structure, but it should reflect several of the major activities.]

Data used and detailed findings: 
This may be a general description or some examples of the data and the findings.
[Some of the main deliverables coming out of the project.]

Alternatives considered:
[List and describe the alternative options considered.]

Comparison methods utilized: 
This may be a detailed portion of the methodology, that describes if a cost comparison or a simulation was used to pick the best alternative.
[Briefly describe the comparison methods used to pick the final recommendations.]

Final recommendations or results:
This may be several items or a list of final results & recommendations.
[A summary of the brief results from the project, or the items implemented, or the next steps planned.]