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. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2012.)
Internships can be paid or un-paid, for credit or not. They vary in length, and may be full time or part time. Some academic programs require an internship to graduate and some do not. If you are interested in pursuing an internship, talk to your faculty and visit the Career Development Center to explore your options.