Thanks for those words, that's really good to hear. soconfusedgrad, yes I did reach out to the company I worked for last summer, and I will talk to them more in the upcoming months. Right now, I'm not sure whether that company is somewhere I want to be in the future, so I'm not putting that as a priority.
terenc, no, a lot of the companies I applied to are located in the Bay/Silicon Valley, as you know, that's where the start-ups are. Actually, I am having a lot of trouble finding tech companies in LA area, but I'd prefer to be in the bay over the summer since I live in NorCal. I agree that I need to pro-active in my internship search, and I'll definitely re-evaluate my qualifications and do follow ups as needed.
With school, it is not easy to find time to do personal projects in the past semester. This semester I'm doing myself a favor and took on a lighter load, which allowed me to start on my personal projects. It'll see how much self-discipline I have to push them to a presentable stage by the next semester