I have just completed my B.Sc in Physics and I have a unique opportunity to do internship in my field of interest for more than 6 months. If I choose it, I may not be ble to start with my Masters' courses this year and this academic gap will be reflected on my CV. I would like to know how will it affect me and my career. My aim is to become a good researcher.
You will have to weigh the pros/cons for yourself. There is no right answer to this and will vary for everyone.
- More time to build your CV to apply to better universities
- Real-world experience
- Far higher income than graduate assistantships (at least in STEM in the US)
- May provide you insights into your future research directions
- Possibility of publications and patents if the organization does research
- Networking that you may not normally be able to do (and letters of rec)
- Delays grad school which probably delays graduation and getting a full-time position
- If you have already been accepted to grad programs, they may not let you postpone them
- Could potentially be a distraction from your long-term goals
Note, I did 5 internships during grad school so I obviously value internships. I do suggest to be strategical about internships to see if they are taking you closer to your goals. If so, go for it!