What is Experience?
Job, internship, fellowship and graduate school applications all ask you to describe your "experience." What they seek is evidence that you have the skill sets to be successful within their organizations, for example, lead people, manage projects, learn new things quickly, conduct research, help customers and partners, work on a team, write well, assume responsibility.
Experience comes from everything you do - it does not have to be related to your major or future career, nor does it have to be salaried. Build your resume in many ways!
- Employment/jobs and internships - paid and unpaid, full and part-time, on campus and off campus, during the school year and the summer
- Campus leadership positions
- Academic/classroom project work
Added benefits of getting experience in a range of settings:
- Explore many different work environments to find a good match for your own style and interests
- Meet new people, network broadly and talk to individuals about their work
- Discover roles that you may not have known about or thought you would like to help you expand your skills and career options