Internships are a fantastic way of gaining tons of experience. They can help your application for your first job, or graduate studies application stand out. The most common types of internships include:
Other Government or Industrial Internships. MACRO has assembled a list of other internships you may want to consider.
The hands on experience is invaluable. You can learn useful lab skills, analytical skills, as well as develop soft/translatable skills such as problem solving, communication, and leadership. If you enjoy your internship with a private company or REU site there are really high odds oof you being offered a job with the company after you graduate or accepted into their graduate program.
What materials do I need for an internship?
This Depends on the internship opportunity, but in general you can expect the following materials will be requested:
Online application content and applicant information
Resume / CV
Letters of Recommendation (Typically 2-3 are needed)
For more details on these application materials, see the section on crafting a competitive graduate school application.