Hey guys - first post, though I've been a long-time reader (as was suggested by a former adviser of mine...)
I was wondering how other planners that launched their careers in SoCal went about finding their first internship or entry level job.
A bit of background about myself - I went to school for planning out in LA and lived there for 3 years. The semester before graduating, I decided to return home to Wisconsin for a short stint, realizing that this would be my last chance to live near family for quite some time (if ever again). I moved back to Wisconsin to finish up my degree and will be graduating in May with a degree in Geography - Urban Planning Emphasis. Because I went to school here in Wisconsin, I was able to take a year of cartography and GIS that I wouldn't have been able to had I finished up in California, but I am lucky enough to have taken course work in CEQA as a result of living there for a time.
That being said, I've been accepted into a masters program out in LA. I'm greatly looking forward to returning, but have hit a bit of an impasse as far as my job search has gone. I haven't had an internship, and have been having the toughest time finding one. I'm willing to do any type of work - from planning for a city or county, to consulting/project management, to working on CEQA documents (though my preference would be to work with a city planning department or with a Metro).
Where are the best places to look for entry level positions/internships? How do you feel about cold calling for internships? Am I crazy for hoping that I'll find a paid internship?
Thanks in advance for your help. I must have applied to 20-30 jobs/internships in the last 90 days and haven't been having good luck. Most places I follow up with send me straight to a voicemail.
While, I'm certain that living far away puts me at a disadvantage, I know that it only takes one person willing to take a chance on me. I'm hoping that my resume, being chuck full of CA zip codes will help...