I have a friend who graduated this past May in Design. Unfortunately, the job market is fairly dismal where we live and she is looking to branch out. I am an electrical engineer by profession and well versed in that area for career searching, however I am not so much in her field. She has a nice portfolio and currently is working a paid internship at a downtown Columbus, Ohio design firm. They are insanely overworked, in my opinion, as the interns routinely work 50-60 hours per week but no real hope of an actual designer position being created.
What would be some suggestions on how to proceed? How can I best help her with her search? She is incredibly talented and the couple of interviews she has had for internships in this small market have all raved over the quality of her work. I should also include that she graduated from an accredited program.