Heading into the "real world" can be a rude awakening as you go from one class on Fridays to a daily 9-to-5 schedule each week. Internships are a great way to get a feel for what you can expect when working in the tech industry.
"From the outside, it can seem like tech is just one series of perks after another. But the actual day-to-day experience of tech is both way more exhilarating -- you're working on stuff that essentially becomes the future," says Jeremy Schifeling, who has interned at Apple and now coaches students looking to break into the tech industry.
The more internships you complete, the better you can judge what type of company you want to work for after graduation. And according to the report, the more internships a student completed, the more likely they were to get a job offer after graduation. The earlier you can start, the easier it will be to get multiple internships under your belt; the report suggests sophomore year as the best year to start.
"There's no way I would have felt prepared for the demands of a full-time job if I hadn't had that experience under my belt, reminding me that I could be an effective player in this space," says Schifeling.