I am an 09 graduate with a BA in Planning. During my undergrad I performed a 6 month internship with a planning department. Obviously, this hasn't been enough to get me full-time work, and the internship ended when I graduated. I've recently enrolled in an on-line MPA (I'm trying to leave California to get experience and better job prospects). However, some people have suggested to me that I could simply volunteer with planning or any public departments. I was under the impression that there were questions of legality when it came to volunteering. At least as a student, performing an unpaid internship would seem more appropriate. However, if this were indeed the case, the MPA would seem almost a waste of time and money. Has anyone volunteered for a prolonged period of time to gain work experience?