I actually tried looking for an internship last summer but did not find the recruiting infrastructure where it should be - not just compensation but also in terms of communication, role, vision, and timeline. I had thought, and hoped, that I would be able to find management opportunities [in the Pittsburgh region] with significant growth potential and immediate responsibilities, but I sometimes wonder if being a geographic outsider hurts considering the extremely local business culture that seems to exist.The short answer is, of course, "yes." And this is entirely consistent with my current operating premise that the Pittsburghers who are in charge of Pittsburgh cannot change Pittsburgh -- cannot grow Pittsburgh -- cannot evolve Pittsburgh. Social patterns here are just way too entrenched. Those of you who are building Pittsburgh 2.0 -- tech entrepreneurs, neighborhood entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs -- be sure to build "social APIs" into your thinking: ways that you and your team can connect with folks outside of Western PA and they can connect with you.
A project for the ExPat Network, perhaps?