I am a Computer Science Masters student at University of Washington and I am planning to apply to PhD programs in the US.
I started my Masters in September of 2015 and am going to complete it this December.
Since I came from Electrical Engineering background, I had to spend a significant portion of the past year learning the ropes(various kinds of algorithms etc) and in the process also got very interested in research.
I also worked under a professor on a project that received a small NSF grant.
The problem is I don't have any paper publications or internships. I didn't have an internship as I found it hard to crack the coding interviews since I wasn't very skilled in programming back then. Since then I have improved significantly.
And I will also be participating in another research project starting September 1st.
Extending my Masters course is really not an option since the tuition is exorbitant. So I can't take another year and do research.
Will the PhD admissions committee hold it against me that I don't have any publications or internship experience? If so how do I make a good impression on them so that they consider me for admission?