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Am I too Old for an Internship?

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Okay here goes-

I left my job a year ago to make a career switch into the nonprofit/philanthropic world. I am pursuing my MA in Public Service (BA is in Communications) and am winding up a year-long internship at an area grant making foundation. The experience has been phenomenal and I have a slew of references to carry with me. So, you may ask, what’s my beef?

I am no spring chicken (44) with many years in the financial services field (support staff) and I’m finding it really hard to even get to the interview stage even after sending out a lot of resumes. I realize the market is horrible (who knew I would decide on a career change just as the economy imploded?).

Realizing that full-time employment may take longer than expected, I am also looking into summer internships. I figure it makes sense to use this down economy to my advantage and sharpen my skill set. I have applied to those as well with no luck.

My true goal is to work in corporate giving (I know-the Holy Grail of philanthropy) but I have come too far and worked too hard to give up so that is not an option. Relocating isn’t an option either until I have finished my degree (another year).

I do have a nibble at an internship in at a local company but they are in the early stages of hiring the summer intern. I only got my resume in the door because of who I knew there.

Question: Is it possible HR people see the dates on my resume and think 1) she is overqualified and 2) we want someone younger? How do I counter that when I can’t get to the front door? I start to ask myself what the heck am I doing wrong??

My network is large and those in it are very helpful but still virtually nada. To keep myself occupied I volunteer and also just joined the Associate’s Board of a local nonprofit.

Thanks for allowing me to vent.

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