Letters of Recommendation

Personal Essay

Resume

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So you've done your searching, narrowed down your decisions, and need to send in all that application information (which can be a bit overwhelming).  Each institution has different materials that they request from the applicant. This page lists helpful TIPS in organizing the above materials.  

 

Letters of Recommendation

Request your letters of recommendation EARLY. This point can not be stressed enough. Faculty and others are very busy and have several other letters to write for several other students. Give them ample time to write you a supportive letter.
Assuming your recommender is Faculty/Staff, most may ask for the following:  stamped envelope with complete mailing address to your internship(s) of interest, list of courses completed, resume, list of strengths and weaknesses, reasons for applying, and future goals. 

 

Personal Essay

  Be concise in answering the question and have people proofread your essay.
A few examples of possible essay questions include:
         -Write a statement identifying how our program would contribute to your education and 
          career goals.
         -What specifically attracts you to the Summer Research Program in Conservation Science 
    
          at ......?
         -What do you hope to gain from your summer experience?
    

 

Resume

Include a cover letter along with your resume (see career services for examples of both)
Your resume is often the first impression you'll make on the person reading it, so make it work for you and pay attention to the following tips from
Resume-Writing Tips, Planning Job Choices:  1999
      1. Pay careful attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and style
      2. Proofread carefully, using a dictionary and stylebook, and have several other people 
          proof-read  as well
      3. Organize information in a logical fashion
      4. Confine your information to one page
      5. Use a simple, easy-to-read font
      6. Use good-quality white or near-white paper
      7. Include as much work experience as possible
      8. Tailor your information to the job you're seeking
      9. Seek help at your career services center

 

Transcript

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