/ Asked by J.M.
During college I spent most of my summers taking extra courses and conducting field research either individually or with a couple different professors, but it was never paid work or an internship per say.  I got course credits for it, but will my lack of formal internship experience hurt my chances of landing a job?
Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Hello and great question! What I typically suggest in this case is to list that time on your resume as "Volunteer." It does help to have formal internship experience but as long as you list your field research experience on your resume as "Volunteer" time, I think that will serve you well. It will show that you're giving (volunteering your time to work with your professors, at no cost to them!), and self-motivated.
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Thanks for asking! This is a question many people have. Typically, recruiters are looking to see if you’ve had experiences that will transfer to a potential role. A lack of formal internship experience usually won’t hurt your chances of getting a job, as long as you can display the “work” that you did and discuss how those experiences relate to the role you are applying for. Like Merron mentioned above, you can display this under “Volunteer” on your resume, or simply title the section “Previous Experience.” Recruiters want to see that you’ve been developing your skills. Whether through a formal internship, volunteer experiences, or Summer classes – all three take a driven individual.
Answered by Lina, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Hi there! Although formal relevant internships are typically preferred, having any experience, even if you’re not paid for it, is still good experience to have – especially if the courses and field research you completed is relevant to the role you’re applying for. Like others mentioned, you should still add it on your resume but perhaps under an “Additional Experience” or “Projects” section. Hope this helps!!
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