Hi there! I need some MENTORSHIP...please, wise and kind people....
How did I get my first planning internship in 2005? I came dressed nicely. I asked. And boom. There it was. A paid position. I was in the Central Valley, and it was there at my asking. I found my dream job helping the community, interpreting the landscape, advising city council, and facilitating the planning process.
Returning to the Bay Area in 2005, I was turned away the few times I approached planning offices as I did in the Central Valley. "Alright," I said, "I will go back to school and get a graduate degree in this field." Now after a year of graduate school and after a summer of environmental planning/consulting work, I am getting turned down from volunteering positions (albeit at uber competitive Walnut Creek, CA, an Orange County in Northern California for you SoCalers and TV watchers.) I feel like other positions are taking their sweet time responding to applicants. They aren't nearly as communicative as Walnut Creek.
I have excellent grades and everyone (profs, classmates, coworkers) know me as someone who does great work (school and work), has a spine and a wealth of compassion, and is accomplished. I was even treated to free tuition this year because I was such a desirable candidate at my school.
I've only started applying again (I know, but honestly I had good reason to wait) and I am feeling gloomy.
LEADS, TIPS, and WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT appreciated, fellow cyburbians.