Try engineering … or retail?
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It’s hard to get an internship, but it’s even harder to know whether that internship has a chance of becoming a job. Unless you’re in an industry where post-internship employment is virtually guaranteed, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess.

LinkedIn analyzed the profiles of students who landed full-time jobs after summer internships to find out which industries have the most long-term promise for interns.

In-demand skills like accounting and engineering most often led to employment, but other fields like retail made a strong showing for entry-level hiring too.

LinkedIn also found that March was the best month to apply to a summer internship. That’s when applications spiked and when the chances of getting an internship peaked.

“In todays competitive job market its 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,” LinkedIn said.

Top Industries for Retaining Interns

Industry / Retention

  1. Accounting: 55%

  2. Semiconductors: 43%

  3. Management consulting: 38%

  4. Computer software: 36%

  5. Civil engineering: 34%

  6. Information technology and services: 33%

  7. Internet: 33%

  8. Aviation and aerospace: 32%

  9. Defense and space: 32%

  10. Retail: 32%

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/17/linkedin-internships-jobs-data/

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