Hey. For a start I would have posted your website on this thread!
Networking is key too, sounds like you are from the North East (based on companies you have applied to?) if so there have been LOADS of events this year, as well as offers for students at conferences like GameHorizon.
Another event is Game Dev Drink (which happens semi frequently) but you get guys from Eutechnyx , Thumbstar and Reflections attending, also there is going to be another Mobile Mingle held in January which is worth going to.
Linked in is a good site to use to get introductions but I have found it only has real value when backed up with at least some *real life* contacts.
Anyway, good luck!