I am going to put my second point as a second post to not bog down the separate ideas.
I know that this is a message board and you were venting, but one possibility based on your post is your writing style. One additional suggestion I have is to clean up your writing. Read a book on grammar and style (Strunk and White, Chicago Manual of Style) and apply it to your writing.
In reading your post, you are inconsistent with how to represent numbers. Your use of commas is awkward and incorrect [’, but unpaid, internship last summer and’]. The biggest concern is your overuse of awkward phrases that are just not necessary and add no information:
It seems that
Now 40 job applications to all the companies with relevant positions later
and 3 months to go before summer break starts
no company has yet even contacted me for an interview.
summer before that.
Now it seems that I’ll have to go be a cashier at WalMart or something this summer.
It’s not that the money is too important as minimum wage here is $10.25 -this is just awkward. Also if you are scoffing at jobs that only offer $10.25, I suspect that you are applying at jobs far beyond your experience and pay scale. Even after you graduate you may be looking at minimum wage jobs.
friends seem to be succeeding.
Is this the situation that I can expect after I graduate next year?
I was extremely nitpicky, but your sentences should have one thought or split them into two and don’t use passive words (seem, hope, imagine, expect, believe) or do nothing adverbs and adjectives (very, really, good, pretty). You need to sell yourself- you don’t need to say the internship was unpaid- don’t lie about it, but don’t highlight that fact either. Everyone has jobs as WalMart, McDonald’s, etc. in the past. What you need to do is tell an employer what you learned from the experience. “While at McDonald’s, I learned that having an efficient and fun/social team make a great work environment.” “My time at WalMart was a learning experience as I was responsible for a cash register with over $1,000 worth of cash and $10,000 in revenues daily. Additionally, the information on how to keep our customers happy (so that they will return in the future) was very insightful and came from a team leader, Max Headroom, whom I really admired.”