Just a quick question - how do you all feel about relocating to a growing area as a means to gain additional exposure? I'm in Central Wisconsin and have found it difficult to even land an internship (many of the departments have only one full-time planner / every city is at minimum 30 miles away). I was thinking either the greater Denver area (rapidly growing, seems to value planning, explosive growth) or Los Angeles (home court advantage as I've lived there in the past, learned CEQA during a class, have a few friends in the field, and know the CA truly values planning).
It's a tough choice because financially, I'll be fine in any move. I have a work from home job that allows me to kind of set my own hours. This will allow me to intern quite regularly while earning a steady, decent paycheck.
Would you move or stick it out? Where would you move? Are these choices poor/are there more advisable jurisdictions? I'm also open to either public or private sector planning, though my preference would be public.
Thanks in advance! This forum has really been helpful.
One last comment - I haven't had an internship yet. My school required a capstone rather than an internship; so I've worked with a planning department as a student project manager to develop a Neighborhood Plan. That being said, I haven't actually spend a day in current planning or actually collaborated with any planners. I'd be plenty open to internships...