Loyola University Chicago


A joint project of the Department of Political Science and the School of Communication

How do I find an internship?


LUC in DC staff work with you closely to secure an internship.  Students choose where to apply and work.  We suggest possible internship sites, send you internship listings, and help you with your resume and cover letters.

Your resume and cover letter

We will work with you on your resume and cover letter.

Your resume and cover letter should each be one page in length.

For your resume, there are many formats you can use, just be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email at the top, followed by your education, then experience (work and/or volunteer and/or leadership), and end with a skills section that includes languages and/or computer skills (software, social media).  In your resume, anything you are currently doing is in the present tense.  Jobs/activities are listed from current/most recent to oldest.  Anything you are no longer doing is in past tense.

Your cover letter will also be one page and in a professional business letter format.  This letter is your way to connect to the internship site and show them that you have the skills and abilities they are looking for.  The skills and abilities each internship wants are listed in their job ad and may include: research, writing, communication, teamwork, organizational abilities, working well under pressure or in a fast-paced environment, and language or computer skills.  In your cover letter, you explain how you have experience from school, work or volunteer efforts that fit with what the internship site asks for.

By working together on your resume and cover letter, you will have the confidence and ability to apply to future internships and positions.