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Would it look bad on a resume to have a gap in internships?

Would it look bad on a resume if I didn't do an internship one year, but instead did summer classes, or volunteered?

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ritesh’s Answer

Well it doesn't look bad but you have to prepare yourself whenever interviewer ask you question about gaps then you need to prepare a convincing answer so that they don't have any objection.

On similar note read this guidelines to follow while explaining gaps:

How To Explain Employment Gaps During A Job Interview

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Jenna’s Answer

No, it will not look bad. No one item on your resume will sink you. It's more important to be well rounded and to have experiences than to worry about having back to back internships. I think it's important to show that you are doing something, learning or exploring your interests or helping others, but how you do it is less important. Worry less about what others may think of your resume and more of what you will get out of the experience, and the skills you bring.

Thank you comment icon I agree-it will not look bad at all. Volunteering can be as beneficial in the long run, in terms of exploring new communities and kinds of work to see where you really want to build a career. You can build valuable skills and experience volunteering that you can add to your resume in a skills section. You can also have a section on volunteering history. Brooke Hunter
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Christopher’s Answer

From my experience it would not look bad at all. The goal is to show how you are continually trying to better yourself. You can never have too much education. Volunteering is also an amazing way to better yourself as a person and professional. I am fortunate to work for a company that encourages social advocacy and responsibility. We volunteer on a regular basis. If I was interviewing an applicant and they were able to explain their development through education and volunteering I would definitely see that as a positive.
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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi! The gap is not that significant. If an employer is curious about it, they will ask in an interview. You could also make up for it by having other activities. You could include any other extracurriculars you were involved in because it does not necessarily have to be an internship.
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Fiona’s Answer

It would only look bad if you cannot justify the gap. If you used the gap to obtain other experiences, including life experiences, and can talk about what you learned in a mature manner, this can often set you apart and be something positive.
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Karen’s Answer

Rather than a gap, you would be adding to your well-rounded experiences. Your resume should showcase your skills and varied experiences which can include the classes you've taken and volunteer positions which demonstrate your flexibility and ability to work with a wide variety of folks.


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Emily’s Answer

Hello!

It would not look bad to have gaps in your resume as long as you have valid reasons to explain the gaps such as taking classes in the summer instead of an internship to work on your credits.
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Jorge’s Answer

As long as you are able to speak to the GAP it should not be an issue. If you took a class instead be prepared to speak to how that class has helped you gain additional knowledge or skills that will be helpful for the position you are applying. While GAPs are not uncommon it is your ability to speak to those that is important.
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