Gaining experience outside of the classroom will build the skills needed to be successful in your desired career and will help you position yourself as the top candidate. Experience can include part-time jobs, internships, research, volunteer work, and campus leadership. Use these resources to help in your search for opportunities. Be sure to explore as many avenues as possible during your search. You never know which path will lead to your dream job.
What is an internship?
"An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."
-- The National Association of Colleges and Employers [NACE]