An Interim Permit (IPI is issued by the California Board of Nursing to graduates of approved nursing programs, who have met all requirements for licensure except for taking the NCLEX exam. You have 6 months to take the exam, however, if you take it and do not pass, then you lose your interim permit.
This information is available on the CA BON website. I would begin the application process as quickly as possoble as they may not be that familiar with your nursing program. It usually takes two months or so to get a license from Ca, so I would definitely begin right away.
As to whether or not you will find a position as an interim permitee in your area, that depends on how many new grads that the hospitals have already hired. Interviews are being conducted right now for this summer by any of the hospitals. I would definitely contact some of them now, especially if you want one of the smaller areas of the state.
Hope that this helps...................