I've worked at the same place for the past two summers doing software development, and very much enjoyed the work and practical experience. I was recently asked if I would consider a 1-2 year contract position. If they would have asked a year ago, I probably would have said yes... but I began graduate school this year. So instead they are offering me a summer position.
I'm waiting to hear back from an internship and my advisor, but neither seemed particularly hopeful last I checked. I am currently doing research part-time in AI, so this job would not really be relevant to that at all. But, it's a job, and I like the place. So my question is, should I accept (conditionally, if the internship does not work out), or continue looking for something more relevant? Is it "okay" to work in an unrelated area your first summer as a graduate student?