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Is an internship the new entry-level job?

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Ani Kevork has interned at seven companies since she graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2009. She’s trying to get a full-time job, but there’s just nothing out there.

“It wasn’t really a choice,” she said. “It’s just the reality of the job market today.”

No. 7 proved lucky for Kevork in that her current internship at a film studio in London is paid, unlike her six previous internships. Still, she has no benefits, no job security and no idea where she’ll be in a few weeks.

Kevork and two of her former classmates started a blog, The Eternal Intern, about the struggles of the current job market for other college grads with the same plights.

“I want to do what I studied, and I don’t want to settle,” she said. “I’m still applying for full-time positions, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon for me.”

Like Kevork, a growing number of college graduates are forced into internships after graduation because of the lack of entry-level jobs. For now, it’s important to take those internships, said Phil Gardner, director of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

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