# Summer study abroad vs. engineering internship

1. Oct 21, 2012

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Hey guys,

I'm having difficulty deciding what I want to do next summer. I'm currently a junior, so this is the last opportunity I have to do an engineering internship. Last summer I did an REU. I know I want to go into the renewable energy field, but I don't know if I need to go to grad school. I think I want to just because the idea of working in a chemical plant (I'm a ChemE) kind of depresses me.

Anyway, I have several companies who want me to do an internship with them this summer. I'm not particularly interested in any of them as they are mainly manufacturing. I have been browsing other options and think studying abroad or working at a national park would be awesome. I am just wondering if doing one of these things would hinder my chances at getting a job if I decide to not go the grad school route. I have lots of research experience but no industry experience. I think it could help my grad school application since I can relate my intended research to real-world experiences.