This would probably best be answered by a professional civil engineer, but I won't ignore everyone else. I'm a civil engineering undergrad student. I plan on going to grad school for structural engineering. I have one more year remaining after this semester til my undergrad is done. I have never had an internship or any full-time research experience. I have to decide what I want to and should do this summer. I always thought it was best to get real-life experience in a workplace. One of my professors seems to think I'd be much better off doing civil engineering related research at a university (various places throughout the U.S.). He said an internship with a company won't help me as much as participating in a research program. As far as pay, research would get me anywhere from $10-12 per hour. I'm not positive about an internship, but I think it'd be about $10-14, depending on various things. I personally think an internship would be better. I can't tell if my professor is just partial because he's a professor and been involved with research his whole career. Any advice?? Thanks!!