Listing Externship as Internship
I hope you are well. I am currently a sophomore at a US News top 40 but nontarget majoring in CS (GPA >3.7). However, as I originally came to school as a Mechanical Engineering major and later switched to CS, I have very little experience in CS in terms of internships. I am looking to break into some of the really competitive Management Consulting firms, which I heard REALLY value experience at top firms especially if you go to a non-target.
Oneanalyst that got hired from my school put it this way: "Go to an Ivy League if you don't then you have to land an internship at a Fortune 500 company to have your resume looked at.".
Let me be honest, I have applied to and got rejected from all the internships I applied to due to a lack of CS knowledge. For this reason, I was forced to rely on Externships. However, externships are dime a dozen and it really didn't take me a lot of work to find one at a fortune 500 firm. Because of this, I am afraid that recruiters won't take my experience seriously and therefore won't take my resume seriously. I guess what I am trying to ask is, Can I list my externship as an internship on my resume?
P.S I should also add that my externship is unpaid, part-time, and I won't be receiving any intern perks like a company email or a company laptop. If a background check is done, I am not entirely sure that I would show up as having ever been employed at this company because again it is an unpaid externship.