Hello all, I've recently recovered from a long spell of extreme underachievement in undergrad, having nearly been suspended, due to depression from a variety of factors. This past semester I performed significantly better by rediscovering my love of physics and taking advantage of resources available to me, and by taking a 'full load' of courses this summer, I hope to graduate with a BS in physics and minor in math this December. However, I've been told that doing an undergraduate internship is essential to finding a job or getting accepted to any graduate schools (not that this is possible for me, but that's the context I've heard it in), and application deadlines are rapidly approaching and some have already passed. My cumulative GPA is currently too low for acceptance to most of the programs I've seen, and I have no research experience. With my need to attend classes and work on a senior project this summer, this all but eliminates any internship possibilities. What should I do? Would a really intensive senior research project have similar resume weight? I'm within driving distance of a particle accelerator and a NASA center, both of which may have summer internships I could participate in part-time, but I have not done thorough research. Informative replies appreciated, and thanks!