References are people who know you professionally, academically or personally and who can recommend you for an internship or a job. Law school professors and employment supervisors are some examples of good references. Try not to list family members or social acquaintances.
Make sure that your contact records are correct and that you have the title and spelling of the names of the individuals you are listing as references. Keep the reference up-to-date about your job search, and always remember to contact the individual and ask his or her permission before you list him or her as a reference. This will give your reference time to think about your skills and qualifications and be prepared to talk about them when contacted by the potential employer.
How to Prepare a Reference Sheet
References should appear on a separate sheet of heavy bond paper that matches your resume and cover letter paper. For each reference, list their name, title, organization where they are currently working, mailing address, telephone number, fax number (if applicable) and e-mail address. If possible, note their preferred method of contact.
You should be ready to provide your potential employer with a list of references at the time of the interview, even if the employer has not previously requested it.
For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions Guide distributed at Orientation.