Employers recruited a 10-year high percentage of their internsfor full-time positions last year, according to a survey by theNational Association of Colleges and Employers. The survey showedthat 58 percent of interns became full-time employees, the highestconversion rate seen since NACE began tracking trends in 2001.

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The findings show interning is proving to be a direct careerpath for more students, and that interns are showing morewillingness to accept full-time job offers. Last year, 86.5 percentof interns offered a full-time position accepted it, up from 2009,when 83.9 percent of interns accepted job offers.

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“This suggests that students were somewhat wary about the jobmarket and opted to take the offer rather than gamble thatsomething better would come along,” says Marilyn Mackes, executivedirector for NACE.

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