Right now I'm at an internship for a startup company. (I'm a chemical engineering major) I've been there for 6 months. Overall it's been great experience for me but lately since I am part time I'm being assigned to more and more mundane tasks. Things a secretary could do. They assign the real stuff now to the actual full time engineers. Of course this makes sense, because some of these projects require someone there 40 hours a week. They also pay peanuts and there are no benefits of any kind. I've got six months of pretty good experience with the startup, surely that counts for something right? How much internship experience is ideal? Right now I'm considering going back to my old job at the hospital I worked for years at. (Someone else is leaving and I know they would take me back in a heartbeat). Despite having little to do with my major (I worked in a hospital lab) they treated me very well. I got paid decent, medical/dental, and tuition reimbursement all for just a part time job. On some nights I got paid to basically do homework too. I like a lot of the stuff I was involved with as an intern, but it is scary as hell not having medical insurance and right now I feel like I just need to take care of myself more. Is this a bad idea?