While internships have often been considered optional, more and more students are finding that without internships, they are far less marketable for the post-graduation job market than their counterparts who have internship experience. An internship will help you attain new "real world" job skills that complement your academic work and make you more competitive in the job market. Also, internships let you try o" a career field or industry to see how well it fits you, your interests, values, and talents. You'll also have wonderful opportunities to start building a network of professionals who can serve as employment references for you, or be sources for future job leads. Probably most impressive opportunity is that some interns get asked to continue full-time employment at their internship site. Regardless, just having an internship experience will make the first post-graduation job easier to get, and it may increase your chances for a larger salary.
Actively use all your resources as a UMass Lowell student:
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars offers qualified students from all majors the opportunity to work and learn in Washington, DC, during a semester or over the summer.