Is doing a 3-6 months research internship during MSc. studies worth exceeding the standard period of study?
I am in my 3rd semester for my (course and thesis based) CS MSc. degree. The standard period of study is 4 semesters, but most students exceed it anyway by 1-3 semesters, judging by hearsay.
I have a good relationship with a professor, with whose research group. I will probably have published 2-3 conference papers in a few months.1 The professor would very well recommend me to some peers of theirs such that I could do a 3-6 months "research internship" at another lab in the same field.
- strengthening my CV - I'd like to keep doing research later anyway, be it in academia or industrial research labs
- I will probably need 7-8 semesters, significantly exceeding 4.
- As other labs are very close to ours, I could probably combine internship and thesis work. But my advisor already noted that in gneral
time in internship >> time spent on MSc thesis there.
- Instead, I could shorten my MSc studies to do a PhD soon afterwards (in Europe you usually need an MSc for starting a PhD)
I don't think the prolonged studies are a problem financially or from the side of the examination office. I much more fear that it could look bad on my CV having necessitated 7-8 instead of 4 semesters.
Does a research internship strengthen my academic CV enough to outweigh the disadvantages caused by overlong Master studies?
1 one paper got already accepted, another two are in progress.