STEM

Supporting Your Success

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Date Time Speakers Recorded Sessions
Friday, September 24 1:00 PM West Valley’s AMATYC Research League 2021 Champions Maximus Cisneros, Noah Robles, Talal El-Zeini and Coach Ser-Kuang Chen View Recording
Friday, October 15 1:00 PM Francesca Hope WVC ’21, Materials Engineering Cal Poly SLO and Professor Trevor Harding View Recording
Friday, October 22 11:00 AM Ameya Patkar and Antonio Villagomez WVC ’21 and Summer research at unPAK/College of Charleston View Recording
Date Time Speakers Recorded Sessions
Friday, September 18 1:00 PM Reagan Beers, WVC Alum: Paid Science Internships with Federal Research Labs View Recording
Friday, September 25 1:00 PM Ashley De Alba, Antonio Arlia, Christian Leycam, and Christopher Hamamjy, WVC Graduates: STEM Life after West Valley: Conversations with Recent Alumni View Recording
Friday, October 2 1:00 PM Reshma Hyder, STREAM Advocate and Entrepreneur: Science and Technology: Access, Education & Entrepreneurship View Recording
Friday, October 9 1:00 PM Jonathan Tyson, Yale & UC Berkeley: The Fresh Professor on Chemistry and STEM Teaching/Learning View Recording
Friday, October 16 1:00 PM Dr. Yasmin Chandresekher, Coherus Bioscience: Medical Devices and Women in Biology
Friday, October 23 1:00 PM Sofia Vartanian, UCLA: An Inquisitive Science Enthusiast Scout View Recording
Friday, October 30 1:00 PM Dr. Jade Bing, Corteva Agriscience: Synthetic Chemistry and Opening STEM Doors View Recording
Friday, November 6 1:00 PM Naomi Alterman: Computer Science and the Freelance STEM Life View Recording
Friday, November 13 1:00 PM Claudia Roberts, Princeton: From Apple to PhD in Artificial Intelligence View Recording
Friday, November 20 1:00 PM Andrea Antoni, UC Berkeley: Astrophysics, Black Holes and Academia View Recording
Internships Bulletin Board
Internship Overview
Abbott Internship for Students interested in Bioengineering, Environmental, IT, Software.
Aerospace Aerospace offers a wide variety of summer internships for math, engineering and computer science majors.
Apple Student Internships At Apple, interns are an important part of the team. Whether you sign on for a summer internship or a co-op during the academic year, you can work on critical projects on an Apple campus. As part of the Apple community, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the way we work and the people who lead us. To be eligible for Apple’s student programs, you must be enrolled in a college, university, or graduate program.
Bloom Energy Our interns work on tangible projects, right alongside Bloom Energy employees. You might help Bloom's engineering team design and build new product features, generate sales leads with our sales and marketing teams, or experience high-tech manufacturing in one of our production facilities. Apply today to become a part of the Bloom Energy team. Selected summer internship candidates will be notified by the end of May. Opportunities for summer internships are typically posted in February.
California Academy of Sciences Applications for the summer of 2022 will open the week of November 1, 2021 and applications will be due by February 1, 2022. Since 1995, the California Academy of Sciences' Summer Systematics Institute (SSI).
Caltech WAVE Program Calteach Wave Program is for (Sophomores interested in eventually doing research & getting a PhD).
Career Coach West Valley College Careers Page
Cellfe Biotechnology Internships CellFE is offering a 12-month hands-on internship experience to students seeking to gain experience in the biotech startup culture. The company is looking for self-motivated individuals with a strong passion for biology and bioengineering, as well as an interest in a fast-paced startup environment. This position is based in Alameda, CA and is an interdisciplinary team member working on both of engineering and science teams.
CHORI Summer Student Research Program The CHORI Summer Student Research Program is designed to provide an unsurpassed opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of basic and/or clinical research for three months during the summer. The CHORI Program provides students with a research training experience to stimulate interest in pursuing a career in biomedical, clinical, basic and/or behavioral research in a friendly and nurturing environment.
Cal-Bridge Summer (CAMPARE) Participate in cutting edge research in astronomy, physics, planetary and space science, or astrobiology, at one of our 15 partner world-class research institutions. students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 8-10 weeks in the summer. Students are paid a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are included. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed at least one full year of college-level physics by the summer of the program. For additional details of expectations and requirements for each site, visit the CAMPARE Research Opportunities pages. Applications for the Summer 2021 program are due Monday, February 1, 2021.
Code 2040 Code 2040 is for Black and Latinx College students interested in Computer Engineering and CS Majors.
Columbia Engineering Free STEM Resources and Opportunities for BIPOC, AAPIs, and Allies. Columbia Engineering Boot Camps aim to further the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science’s mission to expand knowledge and advance technology through research, while educating learners to become leaders informed by an engineering foundation.
CSU Monterey Bay Research Experience for Undergraduates. Internship is for students who are interested in CSU Monterey Bay’s Ocean Engineering, Robotics, Marine Bio, Oceanography, Marine Geology, Ecology.
Department of Energy – Community College Internships A variety of technical summer internships are available for community college students.
Facebook Internships World-class mentors, our open culture and opportunities to make a real impact are just a few reasons why our intern program was ranked #1 by Glassdoor two years in a row. Discover for yourself what makes interning at Facebook the ultimate learning experience.
Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Operation This program provides a broad perspective and appreciation of the development of new processes, methods and technologies at different production scales in the biotechnology industry. Candidates applying for the PTDU Intern Program should be passionate about science/engineering and thoroughly enjoy the challenges associated with complex problem solving. Enrolled in sophomore year or higher at a college/university or any year at a graduate school. Preferred disciplines: chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutical engineering, chemistry, biology, biophysics, or related disciplines.
IBM Entry Level/Internships IBM’s internship programs are an opportunity to learn from the best and develop skills that will make you stand out in today’s rapidly-evolving market. If you’re ready to do what you love and having a great time doing it, join us.
Indeed Internship for all STEM students.
Intel Internship is for student who are interested in (EE, IT, and Software).
Internship Programs Internship for all STEM students
Johnson & Johnson 2022 Research And Development Summer Intern Job Information J&J Family of Companies 2022 Research and Development Summer Internship in Milpitas, California At Johnson & Johnson, we use technology and the power of teamwork to discover new ways to prevent and overcome the worlds the most significant healthcare challenges.
Johnson & Johnson 2022 Supply Chain and Engineering Summer Internship Are you ready to reimagine healthcare? Here, your career breakthroughs will change the future of health, in all the best ways. And you’ll change, too. You’ll be inspired, and you’ll inspire people across the world to change how they care for themselves and those they love. Amplify your impact. Join us!
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory We believe that the best way to learn is to work together with some of the brightest minds within your field. Our collaborative culture, mentors, and resources will continue to build your skills and provide opportunities to be impactful and tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, keeping our nation safe and changing the course of our future. Your internship will provide a rich, hands-on learning environment, complete with challenging projects for you to apply what you've learned to real-life issues and create solutions for an all-around enriching experience.
We offer a variety of student programs, from undergraduate summer student internships to year-round graduate positions.
What does the internship hiring process look like?
  • Internships for summer positions are generally posted September–February
  • All internship opportunities close by April 30th, prior to the start of our summer program; apply as early as possible to ensure consideration
  • Interested in a few internships?
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Biosciences & Biotechnology Division Graduate Student Intern Students will work with biologists, biochemists and computational scientists engaged in research on specific projects. Under limited direction and supervision, will conduct research in assigned area. Present work through presentations and/or poster sessions.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Computer Engineering Division Undergraduate Student Intern - Fall/Spring Computational Engineering Division (CED) offers continuing undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in practical research experience to further their educational goals. Opportunities include technical and/or research support to projects in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computational Engineering, or other related fields.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Computing Undergraduate Student Intern – Fall We have multiple openings for our Fall Undergraduate Internship Program taking place from October 1, 2021 to December, 2021. Our openings are for undergraduate level students who will be given the opportunity to engage in practical research to further their educational goals. The selected interns will provide technical and/or research support to projects in the areas of computational science, cyber defense, computer science, numerical methods, mathematics, or other related fields.
MBARI Summer Internship Program The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision. Summer Internships open December- February ever year.
Medtronic IT Summer 2022 Intern – Undergraduate Bring your talents to a Global leader in medical technology and healthcare solutions. Collaborate on Innovative healthcare solutions that improve the lives and health of millions of people each year. Must be student with a sophomore or junior level class standing
Medtronic Computer Engineering Summer 2022 Intern You will use software engineering tools and methods to define requirements and to design, verify, and implement your project. Under the direction of a more experienced engineer, you will prepare plans for your own work, participate in technical reviews, implement advances in current state-of-the-art technology and identify opportunities for productivity and quality improvement.
Medtronic Biomedical Engineering Summer 2022 Intern Collaborate on product design, wearables, robotics, sensors, coatings, miniaturization and more. Build solutions to help doctors and patients monitor progress via telemedicine. Advance our expertise in human factors design, usability for wearables, sensors, and implantables.
Medtronic Mechanical Engineering Summer 2022 Intern The possibilities at the intersection of medicine and technology are endless, which means endless opportunities to make your mark on the world. With access to research, tools, and expertise, you’ll expand your view of the human body and technology, redefining care for people around the world.
Medtronic Computer Science Summer 2022 Intern Collaborate on code to make it more elegant. Dig into huge datasets to extract value. Build solutions to help doctors and patients monitor progress via telemedicine. Get real world experience on a project you own.
Microsoft Student & Graduates Internships At Microsoft, our interns work on projects that matter – and your team will rely on your skills and insights to help deliver those projects to market. This is your chance to bring your solutions and ideas to life while working on cutting-edge technology.
We offer internship roles in the following areas including but not limited to:
  • Engineering (Software Engineer, Program Manager, Product Planning, Programmer Writer, Technical Writer, Services Engineering)
  • Hardware Engineering
  • UX Design
  • Supply Chain
  • Data and Applied Science
  • IT Operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Services (Consultant, Support Engineer, Technical Account Manager, Technical Evangelist)
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute – Summer Internships The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision.
NASA International Internships NASA I2 seeks to better prepare all students to work in a global environment and on multicultural international missions. NASA and the nation benefit from a cadre of future scientists, engineers and other professionals who become familiar and experienced in multinational environments. Internship sessions are arranged in three sessions during the calendar year (spring, summer and fall).
NASA Pathways Internships At NASA, you have the opportunity to work on and explore careers while will in school. The Pathways Program provides current students paid work experience and recent graduates with a dynamic career development program. Are you read to explore?
Types of Internships: Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • GS-899: Engineering
  • GS-1399: Physical Sciences
  • GS-1599: Computer Science
NASA STEM Engagement Internships Interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects, impacting NASA's missions, such as returning to the Moon. You will work with leading expert and gain valuable experience as you participate in research and mission projects. Applicants for this must be U.S. citizens.
National Institutes of Health Community College Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. National Institute of Health provides an opportunity for students to do an internship in Biomedical Research opportunity.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – The Community College Internship (CCI) The Community College Internships program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy's mission by providing technical training at national laboratories.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Undergraduate Internships Learn about the many programs and opportunities available to undergraduate students.
National Science Foundation Internship for all STEM students.
The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program Aims to train community college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying ocean sciences, technology, engineering, and video in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. All interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators. Join their education newsletter or check back in fall 2021 for upcoming internships.
Pathways to Science Internship for all STEM students.
PUMAS Internship Program The Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) Summer Internship Program.
Regenerative Sciences Institute: RSI Molecular and Synthetic Biology Internship for Biotechnology Volunteer Regenerative Sciences Institute (RSI) is accepting applications for our Biotechnology Internship Program, looking for volunteers, no compensation. Volunteer interns will have the rare opportunity to be instructed by senior investigators in molecular and synthetic biology and biotechnology research related to the AMRITA initiative focused on enhancing regeneration and genetic reprogramming.
REU Finder Internship and resources for STEM Undergrads.
Rosetta Commons Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program have the opportunity to participate in research using the Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures.
Santa Clara Valley Water District - Valley Water’s Summer Internship Program Our summer interns often sublet from San Jose State University or Santa Clara University Students. Please note that even for virtual internships the intern must perform their work in the state of California not more than 150 miles from Valley Water office. Our summer internship program is for Juniors and above based on your college transcript for Fall of that year. A current sophomore could apply for our summer internship program as long as they would be a junior on their Fall transcript.
Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP) The Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP) is current community college students in medicine providing exposure to medicine and health through topics in health disparities, leadership challenges in health provision and administration, science success strategies, professional development, clinical exposure, successful preparation for the medical school application process, postsecondary and graduate/professional school financing. This summer internship opens applications every December-March 1st.
Stanford University Internships and Programs Review opportunities for community college students in various STEM fields.
Stryker A biomedical company that is seeking students interested in robotics and those with QC (Quality Control) skills.
Twitter Academy Twitter Academy is a paid 12-week summer internship program designed for historically underrepresented second-year computer science students.
UC Berkeley Transfer-To-Excellence (TTE) Summer Research Program Internship is for students who are interested in Biotech, Nanotechnology, and Robotics at UC Berkeley.
UCSC Environmental, Marine and Water Internships Offers several internships like Ano Nuevo Reserve, California Collaborative Fisheries (CCFRP), California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Central Coast Wetlands Group at Moss Landing Marine Labs, and more!
UCSC STEM Diversity Programs Offers several research opportunities in offers research training to participating students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, technology, mathematics, and engineering. They offer several programs like UCLEADS, MARC, CAMP & IMSD. Applications are due ever year, early February.
US Army – Army Education Outreach Program The Army kicked off on September 1, is focused on hiring civilian college students studying in the STEM field while still in undergrad.
US Department of Energy Internship is for students who want to work at the US Department if Energy.
US Department of Homeland Security Summer Research All STEM student can apply. Internships is for student who are interested in working for the US. Department of Homeland Security over the summer.
USRA: Community College Education and Development Program Community College Education and Development Program.
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Internal Scholarships

West Valley College scholarships are designed to recognize accomplishments and to provide tangible encouragement to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need.

The funds for these scholarships are provided from a joint investment of contributions from the private sector and from West Valley College employees.


External Scholarships
Scholarship Overview
Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship The Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship recognizes outstanding female undergraduate and master’s students studying artificial intelligence/machine learning, data science, computer science or mobile/web development at North American universities
AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship AfterCollege provides quarterly scholarships to support current students who demonstrate professionalism and a passion for their future career.
American Association for Women in Community College The national board of AAWCC supports the advancement of community college women into leadership positions. As a commitment to the mission, the Board will award a scholarship to a national AAWCC member who works at a community college to attend the LEADERS institute. The AAWCC scholarship for LEADERS will include registration.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Local Scholarship awards are granted to women whose permanent home address is in Campbell, Milpitas, San Jose or Santa Clara; who have completed two full years at an accredited college or university and have been accepted for enrollment in a four-year college or university at the third year level in the fall of 2021; and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The 2021 Local Scholarship application is available for downloading and will be accepted from 12 am PT on March 1 until 11:59 pm PT on April 15, 2021.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.
Asian American Architects/Engineers Association (AAa/e) Scholarship Each year, the Asian-American Architects and Engineers Foundation offers scholarships to full-time students pursuing a career in the AEC Industry (architecture, engineering, construction, etc.), who have demonstrated a measurable level of involvement/ service to the Asian-Pacific Islander community, and are a student member of AAa/e.
California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) To be considered for a CCCSE Osher Scholarship, you must go through the application process at your individual college. Students with financial need will receive top priority for scholarships. Criteria may differ between colleges, check in with financial aid office and scholarship link.
Community College Scholarships California scholarships and grants make it possible to attend an institute of higher education in this exciting state. Whether you long to go West or already live there, California scholarships help pay for tuition, books and necessary expenses.
Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarships Applicants for the Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship must be a woman undergraduate majoring in engineering or technical science. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
Google Scholarships+ Explore our student and travel scholarships, both aiming to support and inspire pursuing careers in technology
Google Scholarships+: Generation Google Scholarship (North America) The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring students pursuing computer science degrees excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive $10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or $5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2021-2022 school year.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: High school seniors, Undergraduate students (all years), Community college students transferring to four year universities, and Graduate Students.
IOS Scholarships We offer thousands of curated scholarships and financial education resources for Hispanic American, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian Pacific Islander students.
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship STEM Core students are encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 11.
Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Lockheed Martin’s Vocational Scholarship Program is the first of its kind within the aerospace and defense industry and awards up to $6,600 to as many as 150 recipients each year.
NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project The Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project aims to increase the U.S. talent pool of underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities who receive Master's and Doctoral degrees participating in the STEM workforce.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering NACME is responsible for over $3 million in scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented minority (URM) students. NACME expects to support approximately 1,000 underrepresented minority engineering and computer students annually.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Award scholarships to LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ-supportive students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related teaching fields.
National Society of Black Engineers The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." Scholarships are for members of NSBE.
PG&E Scholarship At PG&E we're focused on California's future. PG&E has a wide range of scholarships to help the next generation of Californians succeed and innovate in both Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based majors and other disciplines.

Close to 150 scholarships were made available last year. These STEM-focused or Employee Resource Group and Engineering Network Group-sponsored scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Scholarships.com Scholarships.com is dedicated to help students find scholarships at the local and state level, major, ethnicity and gender identifying scholarships.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation SVCF administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school seniors, college and graduate school students, and re-entry students. Annually, we award close to 500 scholarships totaling more than $2 million. Through scholarships established with SVCF by individuals, families and organizations, we have awarded nearly $17.9 million to students since 2007.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships available for active SHPE Membera (To become an active member, please visit shpe.org and select “Join” in the top right hand corner of the webpage.), minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75 (This is a cumulative GPA as listed on the transcript of your latest academic institution.) and plan to pursue a STEM degree.
SWE Scholarships: Society of Women Engineers The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2018, SWE disbursed approximately 238 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $830,000.
Sygma Technology: Scholarships We have helped forward-thinking organizations open the doors to their next incarnation using technology, creativity, and ingenuity. We are passionate about equal opportunities and understand that there is still progress to be made in minority representation and opportunity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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Resume Tips

Did you know? Recruiters usually take less than 10 seconds to look through a resume. Make your resume stand out with tips from this guide!

What is a resume? A document that illustrates your qualifications for a job, internship, a representation of your experience, skills, abilities, etc.

Next Steps to Write a Great Resume

Use the job description as your guide to write your resume.

It’s great to have a resume that lists all your skills. However, it’s best to tailor your resume to the position. This will be key in helping your resume stand out when employers review over hundreds of resumes. You want to make it so easy for them to see you would be a great fit for their company/organization.

After you have reviewed the job description, list as many qualities/skills that match the position and include your proficiency level (e.g. beginner, intermediate or expert). For example, name the computer programs you have experience using such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other programs like Java, C Programming, etc. Another example is being knowledgeable in a second or third language in reading, writing, and speaking.

You want to be honest with yourself and the employer of your knowledge, experience, and skills. Write down key skills/ experiences and knowledge you hold that can be applied to the position.

Reminder: Even if the position may be a different field, your skills can be transferrable in any job to highlight your experience (e.g. excellent communication skills, conflict resolution skills, identifying problems, and leading team towards solution, etc.)

Your Name

Your name and contact information are your logo/brand, let's make it stand out. Place your full name and contact information at the top of your resume page. Be sure to be bold your name in larger font. Next, include your phone number and email address below or on the side of your name.

Your Phone Number

Ensure the phone number on your resume is a working number and accepts phone calls from unknown numbers. We don't to miss out on opportunities! Let's double check we do not have the "Silence Unknown Callers" feature under our phone settings.

On another note, ensure you have your voice mail set up and have an appropriate greeting message for your voicemail. If you don't feel comfortable creating a greeting message, use the default greeting message that restates your phone number.

Your Email Address

Your email address in your resume must also be an appropriate and professional titled email address. Let's not use the same email address where you receive junk or spam mail. Furthermore, you can create a specific email address for your job/internship seeking role.

When you are typing bullet points on your resume, make sure to highlight the most important skills first! You want to catch the employer’s eyes on your biggest, best, and most valuable examples of your skills and experience.

Experience is experience. If you have volunteer experience, you can create a separate section to show recruiters your interest outside of your job. Volunteer experience can vary and look like any of the examples below:

  • babysit family members,
  • tutor others
  • volunteer at the local library once a week,
  • held a position in a club
  • led a team through a course project or
  • created and contributed an idea to an organization in which you led

Let's add these to your resume!

Another example is to include your academic experience into a separate section. Create bullet points to point out relevant courses or projects you've done at West Valley College. For instance, if we want to highlight academic skills we have gained in a course, let's spell out the title of the course. For example, instead of "MATH 3A", let's add "Calculus and Analytical Geometry" and include your knowledge or skills gained from that class.

Lastly, another tip for your education experience is to include your overall G.P.A. especially if it is required for the position.

No matter your career interest, all employers want to see how you helped solved problems within the company/organization/ group that you were in and how you contributed. If you have #s or statistics to show how you improved, increased, or bettered their company/organization, make sure to add this to your resume.

For example, if you contributed to an idea that would increase efficiency by a 5% or increase production in a specific project, this is a great opportunity for you to show your work.

As a college student, place your education experience at the top of your resume page under your name and contact information. You will include the name of your college, major degree/certificate you are pursuing and dates of attendance.

On dates of attendance, you can include examples that show you are currently a student and date you expect to graduate, such as the examples below:

  • August 2018 - May 2021
  • June 2021 - Present
  • August 2020 - Expected Graduation: May 2023

It's noteworthy to point out the importance of including achievements awards in this section. For instance, if you:

  • are in the honors program
  • made the Dean's List or President's List
  • received an achievement award or certificate
  • graduated with summa cum laude or magna cum laude honors

Be sure to include these amazing accomplishments in your resume!

If you are using Canva or another similar program in which offers a default resume template, then you might not be as concerned with the format. However, if you are creating your own, it's recommended to use Microsoft Word, not Google Docs, to play with the organization of your resume and it can also be easily converted to an Adobe PDF document.

Use an 8 ½ x11 paper. It is ideal to use a white background with black font, Calibri or Arial type font and 10 or 12 size fonts.

Ensure the spacing between lines, font, margins, bold print, underlined words, or capitalized words are aesthetically pleasing to the eye when looking at your resume page. Arrange a cohesive and uniformed resume so the employer or organization can easily find the information recruiters are looking for.

Our School of Science and Math is here to support you. Good luck!

Last Updated 10/22/21