Class of 2017: You’re probably getting to that point where you can see the end of the sleep-class-work-homework-repeat rainbow and thinking about what’s next, right? Well, the good news is there is an awesome list of the internships most likely to land you a full-time job, according to data collected from your favorite professional social-media app and mine, LinkedIn.
The list is made up of industries, not companies — which is great news for someone who doesn’t reside in a big city and may not be able to realistically move across country to intern at a big company.
The LinkedIn study analyzed profiles of users who were students, had summer internships, and then clinched full-time opportunities following said internships.
Drum roll, please! The top industries for keeping interns on board are…
1. Accounting: 55 percent (meaning, 55 percent of interns are retained after the duration of the internship)
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
That’s a pretty wide variety of workforce possibilities, if you ask us!
Granted, most of the items are technology related in some way, but aren’t most things nowadays?
The study also concluded that March was the best month to put in applications for summer internships (A.K.A., conveniently soon).
Another perk to applying for a summer internship, regardless of your industry ambitions? Having at least one college internship on your résumé can make you 13 percent more likely to find full-time employment after school and 6.4 percent happier than not having one, according to one sample study by Southwestern University.
So what are you waiting for? Get those applications in. It’s not like you’re stressed out juggling classes, exams, work, and homework, right? (We can hear you laughing from here.)