Before you throw yourself out into the "real" world or settle into a career, it's a good idea to take a step back and really see if you enjoy it. That's where an internship comes into play.
Through a research and development internship, you can take a set amount of time to really dive into the career and find out if it's a good fit for you. Generally, students in college find themselves in an internship over the course of a semester. The best internships reward college credit and maybe even a paycheck.
While taking some time to discover more about research and development, you'll learn how a company is able to maintain in line with (or ahead of) their competition. Your internship will provide a unique experience where you'll learn how to watch for developing trends and stay ahead of the competition. There's nothing employers love more than experience.