So here is the gist. I just completed my 3rd year of a 4 year Phys and Astro Masters at the University of Exeter, and for the second year in a row, me and all my course mates were passed over for internships because we lack experience (which we cant get because no one will pick us for internships). I perform very well academically and several of the companies said I was one of the highest academic candidates, but I am out of luck job wise. I now have other plans to fill some other holes in my CV (I will be volunteering for the National Trust this summer). The question is, how do I inflate my CV with experience, considering I am hoping to do an Astro PhD in the UK or in the States when I finish next year? Many internships wont allow me to apply next year as I wont be a student, and with plans to start a new section of my education in September 2016, I cant apply for a job that summer either. There isnt a whole lot in my home area (Wiltshire) but I am willing to relocate. Last year I was able to get a job for an oil well sensor company but TBH I am not an engineer and I didnt enjoy it very much. There doesnt seem to be a lot of astro based jobs around. Is there anything you would recommend volunteering for next academic year that could run concurrent with my studies and would fill out some holes? Anything that is a MUST DO for Astro students looking for a PhD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.