I’m thinking about interning during the semester, but I’m worried about taking on too much. Is the interning experience worth having less time to dedicate to school?

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Both interning and academics are equally important. But I would encourage you to take on the internship, because although good grades are awesome, good grades alone are not enough. You need something to supplement those good grades. This internship will do just that.
In my experience, experiential learning (jobs, internships and leadership positions) is just as valuable as academic learning--in fact, both are necessary for today's job world. If you can still maintain good academic standing at the same time, definitely try out the internship, because you'll gather skills that are absolutely necessary in the workplace. You will be working on professional development while you intern, and this is a great complement to your academic studies.
My experience having an internship and having less time in school is a positive one. Yes, classes are important, however when holding an internship you learn much more than you can in a classroom. You meet important people to keep in your network as you advance in your career. You gain experience working in an office and a workplace environment. You will also gain new skills in your field that cannot be taught in a classroom. As long as you are still able to pass your class, I think it's okay for you to focus more on an internship than your classes.
Unfortunately, there isn't a clear answer here. This is going to depend on a variety of things, including what your work load looks like right now, where your GPA is and what industry you're planning on going into.

Internships provide you with invaluable experience, but shouldn't be taken on if your school work is going to fall behind. Basically, if you aren't having issues keeping up, your GPA is sound and you could use some work experience on your resume, you should absolutely take on an internship. However, if you're already struggling and your GPA is slipping, adding on more to your work load would hurt you more than it would help you.

Also, consider taking on more flexible internships or speaking with an internship coordinator about needing flexible hours. Basically, if you can swing it, it's worth your time. But if you're already struggling, just try to get a handle on what you already have going on.

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