Internships serve as a great way for you to "try out" a career or industry to see if it's right for you. They allow you to take theory and knowledge learned in the classroom and apply it to real world situations. Additionally, they are a way to clarify or confirm career goals. Employers seek job candidates with real world experience and internships are the preferred recruiting tool of most all employers (a successful internship can mean a job offer at graduation).
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