Get good hands-on experience
kind of experience outside of the classroom will help you gain valuable
on-the-job experience and
may also help you determine what type of psychology you want to pursue.
There is no better way of finding out if you like something than
actually doing it! If you plan to go to graduate school, it is useful,
if not essential, to participate in research.
Develop transferable skills
a research lab or other internship site offers you opportunities to
learn many transferable skills that help you in multiple careers, not
just psychology. For example, experience in a research lab tells
a prospective employer that you are capable of working well with others
in a disciplined environment, and have probably acquired good