I've looked for entry-level IT work everywhere. I'm very good at hunting down jobs, and I know how to get to the Google career page. I'm a grown woman with multiple degrees in a variety of fields; I'm not an idiot. Sysadmin internships aren't common in my area. Most of the people here started out in help desk. The internships here are geared toward programming. I'm not discouraging young people from doing internships. While you're living with your parents, it's the opportune time to do temporary, low-paying work. For older people, it's not going to work unless you want to live with roommates or financially depend upon a significant other. I most definitely will not quit my government job to work two to six months for $12 an hour. Plus, a summer internship would NOT get me the 1+ years of experience that most of the system administrator jobs require. Are you a current or former system administrator? I've talked to people who actually have these jobs, and they all recommended help desk to get your foot in the door. If employers are putting in their job ads that they're looking for support experience, then I'm going to take their word for it. My ex-boyfriend was required to do an internship while in school, and he did temp work after graduating. Retail ended up being more stable for him. This was at the beginning of the recession, but I made more than he did without a degree driving a metro bus.