Internships can help you branch out by offering experience in new fields. They can also help you practice a vital job search skill: networking.
Taking on an internship connects you to people in your desired field. Expanding your network of contacts can open doors to professional mentoring, career advice, and important professional tools like letters of recommendation.
In the long term, the contacts you make at your internship may be the key to your own job search success story. Lou Adler, author of the Essential Guide to Hiring and Getting Hired, points out that “networking now appears to be the default starting point” for hiring managers to fill positions.
According to a recent CollegeRecruiter.com post drawing employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are filled through networking.