Here in Houston, Texas there are many opportunities for internships in any field you may be interested in. They start in June for new grads. http://www.chron.com/
is the Houston Chronicle and has job postings in the Classifieds. Check them for the Sunday postings. I had my choice of 3 ER internship offers right out of school. I had two Canadian nurses in the internship program with me.
The cost of living in Texas is HALF what it is in California. There are no state taxes or personal property taxes. I am a transplanted yankee from Pennsylvania and moved here almost 10 years ago and love it. It's hot, but I love it. The medical center is one of the best in the U.S. We have Hermann Hospital, Ben Taub, St. Josephs and MD Anderson Cancer Center, to mention a few. And many, many rural hospitals.
There are no unions here, and you really don't want a union anyways. It takes away from the professionalism of nursing.
Just a suggestion. Good luck with what ever you choose!