Fall internships for undergraduates? I have myself in quite the pickle. I'm entering my senior year of college pursuing a BS in Physics and a minor in Math. I go to a small university near LA. I was just offered a paid internship across the country by NASA for this upcoming fall. Of course I won't be able to attend school if I take the internship, but it seems like I would be giving up a huge opportunity if I didn't go. I applied for many summer opportunities and didn't get anything, so seeing a nice stipend and fancy research promises seems too good to be true. I haven't spoken to my school or advisor yet about this, and there doesn't seem to be anything online related to this. My scholarship to my school outweighs the stipend, and I'm not sure that it will be there when I come back. Also, being at a small university (10 physics majors total), the upper division classes rotate. This means that the classes that I will miss won't be back for 2 years. I need those classes for my degree and minor and I don't think the professors at my school would want to do an online version of their classes for one student. One good thing about it is the research done at the internship would satisfy my senior research project. My school is very helpful with these things, but I don't know if this is too much to ask or if it's even worth it. I want to eventually pursue a PHD to do research. Does undergraduate research really help in getting accepted to graduate schools? I was wondering if there is anybody out there who has gone through this experience or any advice from experienced physics people. Side note: The offer says that fall internships are more exclusive than summer ones. Not sure I believe that.