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Resumes and Portfolios

One of the most important tools in your quest for a nationally competitive fellowship or scholarship is a long resume. You should also consider developing an electronic portfolio.
Sarah MacKenzie '09- Fulbright ETA Indonesia


A resume is not only important for providing reference material to a recommender, it is also of service to yourself – something to be looked over when thinking about topics and experiences in the pre-writing phase of a key essay like a personal statement.

There are two main types of resumes:
  • A professional resume: This is usually a one-pager, the purpose of which is to land a particular job or internship. For information about writing a professional resume, see Career Services.

  • A long resume: Most undergraduates are not as familiar with a long resume, which is usually two or more pages and can be considered to be somewhat like a faculty member’s curriculum vitae. This means it provides a complete listing of relevant academic achievements, qualifications, service, career experiences, and professional affiliations. In addition to breadth, it provides more depth than a typical professional resume. For key experiences or roles, it is common to have four or five sentences describing your activities, accomplishments, and learning experiences.
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For your purposes, the long resume is a dynamic record that you add to as you gain experience and accumulate accomplishments. For the reader, it provides a thorough overview of your important career and academic accomplishments, and presents the experiences that make you well rounded.

In addition, the long resume can be used for many graduate and professional school applications (although some schools impose a two-page limit). It can also be used for some internship and grant applications of an academic nature. Please consult with the fellowships director to go over how to build your long resume, one that will guide you through a sometimes long preparation and application season.


A portfolio contains key examples of your work and writing, and serves as a resource for submitting applications and undertaking the interview process for many careers. Increasingly, it is expected that portfolios will be digital. It can include multimedia files such as photos, videos, websites, and blogs, and it usually has an organizational structure that helps the viewer navigate through the material. In the scholarship application process, a portfolio of work can be the basis for a prominent story in your personal statement or other essays.

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A digital portfolio can also be considered an organic document for yourself, one that grows as you gain experience. Like a resume, it can be tailored for a specific application or type of interview. Many degree programs are now requiring that students develop portfolios as part of their curriculum, and these may be built upon or adapted for your career needs in the future. Please consult the fellowships director about how to start building and shaping your digital portfolio.