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Kia Guarino - Unpaid internship
Kia Guarino - Unpaid internship
School: Boston College
Major: Communications
Current town: Falls Church, VA
Salary: $0
Age: 22

While I was in school I did a lot of public relations internships, but that field has been hit hard. I turned to my minor in international relations and hoped to get my master's in international conflict management.

But the best schools require a lot of work experience; the average first-year student is 26. Then I thought about joining the Americorps program, but I just can't afford it right now. So I focused on finding jobs at a nonprofit.

I was really excited about an interview with [poverty-fighting nonprofit] Nourish International -- not that the job was so glamorous, but I believe in the cause. It didn't work out. My competitors had master's degrees, which is frustrating because I need the job experience to get the degree.

I secured an unpaid internship with Amnesty International, and I plan to do some volunteer work while I live at home. I hope the internship turns into a job, but you never know. I guess it just takes patience, and I'm still optimistic I can find a full-time job that will help people.

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Last updated September 04 2009: 12:17 PM ET
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