Internship Year ≠ Master’s Degree

During your internship year, you will gain graduate-level course credit. By the time you finish the teacher preparation program, you will have completed 12 graduate credits!

Although you are receiving graduate credits during your internship, you are NOT enrolled in a master’s degree program. Instead, a certain number of these credits can be applied to various master’s programs in Education at MSU. How many credits? Depends on the program – check them out here.

It is also not appropriate to list that your 12 credits are in a particular graduate program. Since you’re not currently in a program, you cannot communicate that they are from a particular program (i.e., teaching and curriculum).

An example of how to put your education on your resume:

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teacher Certification                                              May 20XX
– Completed 12 graduate-level credits
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education             May 20XX
– Teaching Major: Integrated Science
– Teaching Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

It is important to remember that you are indicating the undergraduate degree that you’ve received AND that you are completing (or have completed) the teacher certification program at MSU. These should be listed as two separate items under education.

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Use the MSU Career Handbook for Cover Letter Help

If you aren’t using the Career Handbook to help you with all professional development needs, now’s the time to do so! This booklet covers everything from resume and cover letter writing, to interviewing techniques, to navigating career fairs. The most updated version is always available electronically on the homepage of the Career Services Network website.

For those of you working on a cover letter, use these pages of the Handbook to help you get started. P.S. – the Taylor Levine cover letter is the preferred style.

Be sure to go beyond what you’ve communicated in your resume to articulate personal examples of your interest in the position, unique skills, and relevant experiences. Thoroughly read the job description and the school’s web site to learn what they are specifically looking for and what they value to best make the case that you’d be a good fit for the position, school, and community. Incorporate buzz words and concepts into your cover letter that let the reader know you’ve done your homework!

Have a cover letter you want reviewed before applying for a job? Send it to COE Career Services for some feedback! Whenever possible, share the job description, too. Send to: COECareers@msu.edu. Keep an eye out on the blog for more sample cover letters in the future.

Why we suggest leaving your address off your resume…

Traditionally a resume includes all your main contact information: name, address, email, and phone number. As of late, resume norms have changed and it’s for your safety. It is now recommended to leave your physical address OFF your resume – especially if you plan to post your document online.

Consider this: you post your resume on your website or online portfolio, making your resume public. Including your contact information. When Googled this is one of the first things people will view and the information can lead them directly to your house! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone to know where I live!

Here’s an example of a super simple (yet still effective) contact header for your resume:

address

Google yourself. Do you like what you see? If not make your information private or change what you are communicating. Keep yourself safe, people!

 

What Matters Most in Interviewing

I came across this infographic that accurately highlights the importance of non-verbals during an interview. We forget sometimes that yes, having industry knowledge is important (85%!), but also being sincerely excited about working for the school or organization and being able to carry on a conversation with the interviewers is also VERY important. Employers are looking for a good “fit” and they can’t always determine that just from your answers to their interview answers…be kind, be personable, and most importantly, be you!

Interviewing

Need help with the interview process? Former teaching interns have access to their College Career Consultant for up to 2 years after finishing the program. To make an appointment, log in to Handshake. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Indicate your medium preference in the advising notes.