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Boost my Undergraduate GPA or Take an Internship for Grad Schools

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I have a bit of a dilemma that I'm trying to puzzle my way through. I am currently pursuing a degrees in Computer Science and International Relations. I have really good grades in my IR program (>3.7), but really terrible grades in my CS program (~3.0). This is due to a lack of preparedness for the rigor of the STEM classes I was taking coupled with a few personal issues that impacted my performance overall. Overall I have a GPA that's around a 3.47, and I was hoping to get that up to a 3.5, but due to a really bad last semester (too many classes and responsibilities), that's unlikely to happen now.

I want to eventually get a doctorate in International Relations, but I am trying to also use my technical experience as a pitch to differentiate me from other applicants (since I focus on IR policy in tech), and do have an interest in utilizing my technical skills in research and occupational capacities in the future. I do have research experience -- I've published a paper in comparative politics and am currently working on one in data science that will hopefully be published soon. I currently have a software engineering internship lined up for the summer, but I have an option to drop one of my classes now and retake it over the summer, when I would have much more time to invest the necessary effort to get a good grade and push my GPA up. However, this would require me to drop the software engineering internship.

Basically what I'm trying to figure out is if its worth it to drop an internship with valuable work experience for the sake of getting my GPA up to that 3.5 threshold. Part of me thinks its probably better to just get accepted to a Master's Program somewhere and do really well with the work experience, but I'm not completely sure. It's still possible for me to graduate with a 3.5, but it's just very unlikely given the amount of time I know I need to invest. 

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