Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, September 22, 2017
The benefit of an internship in any field, not only one’s field of choice, is gaining experience – plain and simple. I know, you’re most likely looking for something more profound than that, but seriously – experience. With internship experience comes a deeper understanding of what the world is like outside of academia, and trust me, whether you have held a job before, leadership positions in student groups, or juggled your time with sports, working with internal and/or external stakeholders during and internship can really help to develop and hone your soft skills and understanding of a given field. Now, in your field of choice you have the added bonus of learning whether or not that field is a true fit. Wouldn’t you like to learn beforehand that the career you’ve always envisioned for yourself is absolutely terrible, or on the flip side, amazing? Additionally, once you decide a field is truly for you, working in one’s field of choice starts you on the path to building a network and gaining experience that may help you to open doors once you begin full time!