With an email request to work as graphic design intern, Ryan hoped for exposure to business and management side of running a sports team. With fewer intern positions available in this market, Ryan took a smart approach to getting hired — even if it doesn't pay. He zeroed in on the skill set he wanted to learn, and essentially created the position he wanted. While lots of companies are taking a hit in the economy and pulling back on paid intern programs, there's still work to be done and with the right networking and the right offer, it might be hard to turn you down. If nothing else, Ryan teaches a pretty valuable life lesson in initiative — plus, his experience as an intern boosts his resume, and the same kind of creative thinking that got him the internship is likely to get him a job too. Win, win.