Preparing your resume or cover letter for applying to become a Discovery Learning Apprentice? Have a look at the following tips and hints. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Anderson at 303-492-4404.
What length should my cover letter be?
If possible, limit your cover letter to no more than two pages.
What should I put in my letter of intent or personal statement?
A good letter of intent should include:
What are you looking for when you ask me to tell you why I am interested in the projects I picked?
Something made you pick each of these projects. What attracted you to them? Examples include:
Why is it important that I write a good cover letter?
Your cover letter is your “calling card.” Tell us why we should be interested in you ahead of all of the other students who applied for a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship.
My GPA isn’t the greatest. Do I still have a chance?
Students with a GPA of 3.2 or above have the best chance of being selected for this program. If your GPA is below 3.2, please explain in your cover letter why you believe you would still be a good candidate for this program – perhaps your GPA has improved over time, perhaps you had one bad semester due to health problems, etc.
Does it help if I express an interest in pursuing graduate school?
It won’t hurt, but only include this in your cover letter if it is true.
What length should my resume be?
If possible, limit your resume to one or two pages.
What should I include in my resume if I don’t have prior research experience?
You aren’t expected to have prior research experience so don’t be concerned if you don’t. However, your resume should tell us what you’ve been doing with your non‐classroom time. Don’t forget to include items such as:
Any other specific tips for my resume?
It is always best to target your resume for the job you want. That is, an “objective statement” at the top that talks about an internship in industry should be updated to indicate you are interested in a position in the DLA program. Lead with your strongest points – which might be prior research experience, completed course work, work experience, etc. In general, list the most recent experience first. Tips for writing good resumes can be found at the Career Services website.