I applied for externships near my area. The Chicago Xtern is like 1 and a half hrs away. There are 2 that are 40 minutes away. But I just received a reply from one of them that they currently don't have availability. Even Xternship is hard to get by and you are not even getting paid for it.

I will always stay positive though. There is just no use being negative in this hard times. Giving up gets you nowhere.