"Internships provide you with an opportunity to learn in a real work environment with professionals in your field . . . you'll be able to develop key competencies,
skills, and work characteristics that employers seek . . . You'll also have a better
understanding of what people in your field do, gain more confidence in your abilities, and learn how to get things done. In general, you'll be better prepared to enter the world of work and your field."
--- National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
"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." --- NACE
For more information on internships, read the NACE internship position paper.