I'm a thesis away from completing a B.S. in astrophysics. I'm considering being involved in some sort of research (I'm thinking maybe plasma or fusion-related), and there's a good chance I won't be going to grad school for several reasons: a)I'm not crazy about school, having had a less-than-awesome undergrad experience, and find that I learn best on my own b)I have zero dollars to contribute to it, and I'm already $30,000 in debt from my first degree. Another 30-50 thousand isn't looking so nice. c)grades. I earned a number of C's in my upper div courses. My gpa is 2.94 right now. So, my question is, is it at all realistic to expect to be able to forge some sort of research career by amassing a good deal of experience with internships, and other, somewhat related jobs? I don't want to be involved in academia, I was thinking of something like working for the Dept. of Energy perhaps. I'm not picky about where it is, I just don't want to have to teach.