/ Asked by Linda
I have not completed my internship hours yet, but I am applying for job because I need to start earning a living. How should i fill out the "internship" or "experience" section on a job application?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Thanks for your question.  

Complete the application as accurately as you can.  If you started an internship, but are not yet finished, list that as an internship experience "in progress."  If you do not have any experience yet, indicate that you do not have any professional internship experience on your application.

Depending upon the specifics of the application, you may have experience, but not through an official internship.  If that is the case, and you believe it would be beneficial to include on your application for this position, please include it.  Employers tend to look for the relevancy and impact of your experiences, whether an internship or not.  

I hope this is helpful.  All the best.



 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
If you are still at the internship but just haven’t completed it yet, you can state your start date and indicate that it is still going on, or state that it is ongoing. You can also say how many hours you did complete in the internship. If you’ve had any experience related to the jobs you are applying for, be sure to mention that on your application. Also, if you’ve done any class work or projects that are applicable, be sure to put those on as well. Best of luck in the job search!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 14, 2014
This is a common concern for a college applicant.  When companies are recruiting on-campus, they go in knowing that many candidates will not have a great deal of practical work or intern experience.  On your resume, it will be important to emphasize the other factors of your qualifications (i.e. the degree you're pursuing, your class projects, your community activities, etc.) and de-emphasize your work experience.  When speaking to a potential employer on this subject, explain it was financially necessary for you to pursue this path in the short term.  They will be impressed by someone who is pursuing their education while working at the same time.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, July 11, 2014
Our recommendation is to complete the application accurately. It is fine to note that the internship is in process, and if you have expected completion date, note that as well.
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