Internships combine learning and work. Essentially it's your chance to take the skills that you developed and knowledge you gained through academics, and put them into action. It's also your opportunity to set your goals and objectives, develop new skills and gain knowledge. Internships give you the chance to explore an industry or job.
Internships are pre-professional career training experiences with intentional learning goals. Internships can be paid or unpaid, taken for academic credit or not, short or long term, and part or full time.