College students struggle to gain experience and pay their bills

As companies cut costs, the number of internship opportunities offered nationwide has dropped 21 percent from last year, according to the Pennsylvania-based National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Many that remain are unpaid, the Belleville News Democrat reported. More than ever, internships are viewed as the surest route to a job after graduation.  However, as the recession drags on, it’s taking a lot more than it used to, leaving students in a bind. They are told that internships are essential no matter the cost, but as opportunities shrink and costs rise they’re forced to ask: is this worth it?

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