When you're trying to get a foot on the job ladder, an internship can give you a great step up. If you're still studying and looking for practical experience as part of your course requirements, a short-term internship can give you a glimpse of what it's like to work in your chosen industry.
If you've recently graduated, an internship can help bridge the gap between the academic world you've been used to and the moment you secure your first permanent role. Even if you've already gained some work experience to add to your CV, you can show you developed the specific skills needed for a role by listing your internships.
It seems obvious, but as an intern, your primary focus was to learn. Recruiters understand this. So, they're not looking for an impressive list of tasks, they're looking for evidence of what you learned, and if you're the candidate, they're looking for.
Did you gain any of the hard skills required?
If the answer to these kinds of questions is 'no,' don't worry. You'll have learned a lot during your internships; it's just a question of identifying what counts for this role.
Next, look at the soft or 'people' skills you demonstrated.
If you only have one internship but have some work experience, include it in the 'Work Experience' section of your CV. However, if you have had more than one internship, create a separate section and place it under the 'Education' section.
Keep it brief and to the point, list these items:
To summarise, everything you include on your CV should be tailored to reinforce the case you're making. Use the opportunity of describing your achievements as an intern to take you one step closer to that interview invitation.