It’s a bleak reality, but the fact of the matter is that not every young professional is going to nab the internship of their choice. While more than 97% of employers planned to hire interns or co-ops in 2014, there will always be competition. Even if you’re more than qualified, someone may still edge you out or have an additional skill the employer finds valuable. Related: How I Got An Internship With A Millionaire If you didn’t land the internship of your dreams, don’t freak out just yet. Looking at your situation as an opportunity can be the difference between finding your next job and not getting one at all. If you didn't land the internship, take these steps immediately:

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