Some of the higher end jobs, such as software programming and construction management desperately need new employees. This is not entry level work as you probably know, but you can take an internship if it happens to be offered. There are many benefits to taking an internship, and there are many disadvantages. It will be up to you to determine whether or not the costs are worth the benefits.
The first thing you will find out in an internship is that it does not pay very well. You will likely make around $120-$200 per week if you get paid at all. The purpose of an internship is not to be paid however. The purpose here is to get the training you need for a job.
If you are attending college, you may be required to take on an internship in order to graduate. Some people will like this and some people won't. One thing is for sure, no matter which camp you happen to be in: it is necessary. Something to note however is that many companies do not advertise the fact that they have internships available.
Let's take the video game industry as a brief example. If there is a company creating a game, they will probably be very reluctant to bring an intern on board. Why? Pretty simple actually, it's because they don't want to have an intern take a summer position with them, put a lot of effort into the project, and then leave in the middle when school starts back up. Though you, being the intern and student will get the experience you need, the company will be sort one worker, and they will have to find a way to compensate.
There are many industries that share these views regarding such entry level work, and for that reason you will need to either inquire persistently, or you will need to have a letter of recommendation. If you are in a field that is known for this type of issue, then your professors or teachers will know exactly what to do, and how to get you into that entry level employment.
Entry level employment does not always have to involve an internship however. If possible, you should attempt to land an actual job at an actual company. This will not only provide you with the experience you need in the working world, it will provide you with a steady flow of income that you can live on.
The biggest difference between regular jobs and internships is that you may not end up in the position you want. If you take an internship, the company will know what you are training for, and they will put you in a position related to the job you will end up in later on. Why do they do this? Because they know remember what it's like to need an entry level job, and they will do everything they can to make sure you get the experience you need so long as you are willing to put in the work.
If you feel that you are ready to put the work in and pull through, then it's time to start looking for entry level work. Because you are going into the entry level, you will have to contend with the fact that your resume might come up short. You simply will not have quite as much experience as everyone else, and you will need to find a way to compensate for this. But how? How exactly are you supposed to work with such little experience? As you've probably discovered by this point, you need experience on your resume in order to get a job.
If you want, you can seek out the services of a professional resume writer. There are pros and cons to doing this, but for entry level work it should not be much of a problem. Just make sure you do not have any experience gaps, and if you do, fill them with volunteer work, because in doing so you will be able to secure a job much sooner than you think.