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.

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    It isn't a gap if you do something productive with the time. – Jessica B Jul 7 '18 at 17:17

You will have to weigh the pros/cons for yourself. There is no right answer to this and will vary for everyone.

Potential benefits:

  • 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)

Potential downsides:

  • 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!

  • +1 and I'll add that if the internship deals with research, you'll probably strengthen your CV and graduate application. If it doesn't deal with research, then there's a good chance you'll change your mind about research as a career. – Allure Jul 8 '18 at 23:46

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