Hi, I'm a student at NAU majoring in environmental engineering. What would be beneficial to have on my resume as far as experiences go?
by Nj, Flagstaff
on May 2, 2014
This is a question that lots of students struggle with - especially those students who are academically eligible for many extracurricular experiences. There are three types of experiences you would add to a resume (1) part time jobs during the school year, (2) full time summer internships, and (3) involvement in a professional society (like Society of Women Engineers).
First - it's very important to keep in mind that your involvement in any of these activities is more about YOU learning about different professional roles and making connections in your field, rather than just ways to boost your resume. Make sure that you're taking the opportunity during college to try different experiences to help you get a feel for various careers and professional roles.
That being said, there are some hit points that certain employers might be looking for in your resume. (Note: GPA is definitely one of those things, but you asked about experiences specifically, so I'll skip that). You should have an internship at an engineering firm during at least one of your summers. I would also recommend working in a research position at your school during one summer (consider a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates "REU"). Having more significant involvement with one society or professional organization is more meaningful than having cursory involvement with multiple groups. Lastly, denote particular achievements associated with each experience to show that you put energy into your success.