Presenting Your References

During the job and internship application process, you will typically be asked to submit the names and contact information of three references. Create a separate page using the same header as your resume and list the following for each reference: name, title, employer, relationship of candidate to this reference, work address, phone number and e-mail address. The best people to choose as references include former employer, past boss, colleague/coworker, professor, advisor, supervisor, group member, volunteer contact, teacher, or coach.

  • Try to stick with professional or academic references (faculty, administrators, advisors, current/former employers, coworkers, or team members) and only use personal references as a last resort. 
  • Choose a person who will be able to share informed and positive comments about your character, work ethic, and potential. 
  • Always ask permission before listing someone as a reference. Do so formally via e-mail and include your resume even if you discussed it in person. 
  • Always remember to send a thank you note to your references and to keep them updated during the job search.
  • Stay in touch! You never know when you might need their assistance again in the future.

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Sample Reference Page