Graduate school applications traditionally ask for a resume or a curriculum vitae (CV).  While a resume is designed to be 1-page in length and demonstrate relevant experience and skills, a CV can be multiple pages and include a variety of experiences relevant to academic research, scholarship, and academe. 

In addition to academic scholarship and performance, graduate programs want to know about your involvement outside of the classroom such as internships, research, work, service, student organizations, campus activities, and athletics. 

Start developing your resume or CV by creating a primary document where you save all of your activities and experiences that you will later use to draft a resume or CV.  Document relevant experiences such as:

  • Relevant coursework, study abroad, Maymesters, etc.
  • On/Off campus internships and jobs
  • Student organizations and leadership
  • Volunteer/service
  • Skills including language proficiencies, social media, graphic design, laboratory techniques, programming, data analysis, project management software, Microsoft Suite, etc.
  • Research
  • Memberships/associations
  • Publications/conference presentations