The likelihood of nabbing a full-time offer increases for those who have held internships, according to a recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and for those with paid internships, the chances are even better. As internships are increasingly becoming an entry point into the job market, students who are able to fully utilize their experience and communicate their accomplishments to employers will stand the greatest chance of landing a full-time job, according to one workplace authority.

The unemployment rate for workers aged 20 to 24 stood at 7.0% in May of this year, up from 6.5% in April and far higher than the national average of 3.6%. This could mean that competition for entry-level work is fierce, even in a tight labor market. An internship that includes significant experience and opportunities for growth will give graduates a leg up on other recent graduates.

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