Have you tried looking into getting a job with the government? They have some interesting jobs that may lead to what you are looking for. They pay really well too. They usually hire on a regular basis.
Yep, my uncle works for the government and has sent my resume off to all his HR department contacts. Still waiting...
As for networking, I am pretty good at it, but I am in a brand new city.
If worse comes to worse, I could always join the army LOL.. S.O. works in recruiting.. hehe