From a pair of ‘breathable socks’ to a shoe that can charge your phone, Carbon fibres that support airplanes to medical textiles, the applications of textile engineering are innumerable and one of the most essential parts of our lives today. Contrary to popular belief, these articles aren’t just made by big companies and get sold because of their ‘brand’, but there goes extensive research into each new piece of technology aimed at making our lives easier. And these research opportunities are exactly what we, as aspiring researchers, are looking for. Having read that, you might be asking a question as to why even after the existence of such crazy scope for research, very few people actually end up getting their preferred research internship. And that is exactly where we come in. No, we can’t help you get a letter of recommendation but what we can definitely do is help you out in making your CV. So, for the helpful and kind people that we are, we have made a sample CV (which you must have already gone through) and are going to discuss the specifics that a CV for a textile/polymer science research intern should preferably have.
As mentioned in the sample CV, your CV should generally consist of 10 parts – Details, Academics, Scholastic Achievements, Relevant Courses, Projects, Laboratory Work, Technical Skills, Social Service/Internships/Work Experience, POR, ECA.
While the scholastic achievements, PORs and extra-curriculars remain consistent for all departments, the academic section, namely – relevant courses, previous projects, and lab work vary across different departments as well as internships. For an applicant from the textile department applying for a textile/polymer-related research internship, there are going to be two parts under each header of the academic section –
1. Core projects:
This subsection encompasses all the textile/polymer science courses, TXL labs, core projects done and any polymer related lab/experiment that you have done, especially the chemistry labs/courses as they are very closely related to polymer chemistry (for example, Nylon synthesis, Conductometric titrations, spectroscopy, Quantitative and qualitative analysis from CMP100). You can also mention experiments done in PYP100, like Measurement of Surface tension and viscosity of fluids etc. Do mention the textile-specific software/ hardware that you are familiar with.
2. Interdisciplinary projects:
Use this subsection to enlist your work that isn’t directly related to textiles. These can be tricky because you might be feeling as if there aren’t any such ‘relevant’ non-textile courses that can be of much help during your internship. But the fact of the matter is, even MTL101 can be a relevant course if you are going to deal with solving equations (and which engineer doesn’t do that, right?). Don’t forget to stress upon the interdisciplinary work that you might have had done, interdisciplinary is the craze today. So don’t hesitate in showing off the amount of ‘in-depth’ knowledge that you have in all these topics, rather go ahead and mention all the basic as well as advanced courses, labs, and projects that you have done.
Article by: Sumakesh Mishra