The Best Industries for Internships

The graph was produced from 300 million LinkedIn member profiles.
The graph was produced from 300 million LinkedIn member profiles.
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For those who looking to turn internships into full-time jobs: Try accounting.

LinkedIn made a graph of its member data that plots internship opportunities (interns per 1,000 hires) against the likelihood that internship will lead to a full-time job (intern retention rate).

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Accounting has the highest likelihood for internships to lead into a full-time job, according to a study of 300 million LinkedIn member profiles. Out of 1,000 hires made, 49 are interns.

In the financial services and insurance industry, accounting leads both in likelihood an internship will turn into a full-time offer as well as internship opportunities. In investment banking, there’s a 31% intern retention rate, and 37 out of 1,000 hires are interns.

The field with the highest number of internship opportunities is public relations and communications. 61 out of 1,000 hires are interns, but only 27% of those lead to full-time hires.

The worst industry might be education management. Only 5 out of 1,000 hires are interns, and 22% turned into full-time jobs.

The jobs site mined through user data on its site, which might be colored by how members choose to use the site. Read more about the methodology of the study here.