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LinkedIn Says These Internships Are Most Likely To Land Jobs

Let's talk about internships.

They can be a huge pain in the ass, there's no guarantee of a job after and they often end up being a huge waste of time.

Then occasionally, applying for the right internship might just be the best decision you ever make.

Spring break may be just around the corner, but now's also the time you need to be thinking about where you want to intern.

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With that in mind, the good folks over at LinkedIn have come up with their top 10 industries where interns keep their jobs afterward.

They compiled the list by looking at data of former students who went straight from an internship to a full-time position with the same company.

This is what they found:

  1. Accounting: 55 percent retention rate
  2. Semiconductors: 43 percent
  3. Management consulting: 38 percent
  4. Computer software: 36 percent
  5. Civil engineering: 34 percent
  6. Information technology and services: 33 percent
  7. Internet: 33 percent
  8. Aviation and aerospace: 32 percent
  9. Defense and space: 32 percent
  10. Retail: 32 percent
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Make some noise, budding accountants!

You guys are looking good if you score an internship with an accounting firm, as more than half are kept on when their temporary contracts are up.

Obviously, this list shouldn't massively change your career plans or goals, but it might help when you're working through the minefield of where to apply.

The industries most likely to turn an internship into a job weren't the only useful bit of info released by LinkedIn.

The company also said, last year, internship applications peaked in March, and people who applied in March were the most likely to be successful.

So, get working on that resume.

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It's also worth bearing in mind the US' big cities have the most opportunities for interns.

LinkedIn said,

In today's competitive job market it's hard to land a full-time job right out of college, but getting an internship can give you the experience needed to get an edge in your future job search.

Translation: It might not be fun. It might totally suck -- or it might be an experience that helps lead you directly to your dream job.

Good luck.

Citations: LinkedIn