I am a current sophomore (just started soph year) Electrical engineering major at a top state school So this last summer (end of frosh year) I worked in a research lab. I sort of want to go to grad school after my BS. But, just in case grad school does not work out for me, I want to keep the option of having a job open. In that case, should I spend my next summer doing an internship rather than working in a research lab? How important are internships for job applications? Like, would having research experience be any use when applying for jobs? Suggestions from other engineering majors who may have had this dilemma would be appreciated.