Oh, the Places You Could Go … Depending on Where You Intern

Updated: September 9, 2020

You’ve done the internship. Maybe you have a full-time job offer; maybe you don’t. Or maybe you’re not yet sure if that offer letter will come through. But now … now, you’re wondering what else is out there. Using our prophet-like wisdom (and our database of millions of resumes), we can help you find out.

Companies tend to cross-pollinate when it comes to their hiring, and there are clusters of similar companies—as well as a smattering of dissimilar ones—that frequently hire one another’s former interns. What does that mean for you? Well, we can look at your previous internship experience and tell you which other companies are likely to offer you a job! One crucial caveat: the most common outcome for almost all interns, by far, is to stay at the company where they originally interned. However, for those who do decide to wander further afield, the heat maps below will show you similar companies, as well as where you’re most—and least—likely to get hired.

Key showing gradient from uncommon transitions (light) to common transitions (dark), with gray squares representing non-transitions (not included in this analysis)

So you’re good with money …

When it comes to money, you can’t take it with you—but you can take your expertise. If you intern at any of the Big Four accounting firms, or another finance company, you may be able to transfer your talents to the prestigious financial services org of your choice.

Finance and accounting companies that tend to hire each other's interns

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Accenture, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, and PwC all hire each other’s up-and-coming talent, with EY interns frequently getting jobs at PwC, and PwC interns often ending up at Deloitte or EY.

So you know the ins and outs of modern merch …

Trendy companies want trendy talent, so if you intern in retail, you can consider job options across the department stores below.

Department stores that tend to hire each other's interns.

Companies in this group include Kohl’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sears—and Macy’s sure does love hiring those Nordstrom interns.

So you can innovate and invent …

You might not be able to take your aerospace and engineering savvy to infinity and beyond, but you can take it across a variety of companies.

Aerospace companies that tend to hire each other's interns

Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, and SpaceX are eager to hire each other’s ground-breaking talent—but Lockheed Martin is particularly eager to hire interns from NASA.

So you want to drive off into the sunset …

If you’ve worked at one automotive company, chances are good that you can work at another.

Automotive companies that tend to hire each other's interns.

Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Tesla, and Toyota all hire each other’s talent. General Motors is especially likely to hire Chrysler and Ford Motor Company interns, while Ford is likely to hire those that interned at Chrysler or General Motors.

So you want to see your name in lights …

There’s no business like show business, and top broadcasting companies all want your unique brand of celebrity.

Broadcasting companies that hire each other's interns

ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBCUniversal, and Viacom Media Networks frequently exchange former interns—but don’t count on a job at Viacom, CNN, CBS, or ABC if you interned at FOX.

So you think outside the box …

Tech companies are among the most competitive places to get an internship, but once you’ve landed one, you’ll increase your odds of a full-time offer at the companies below.

Tech companies that tend to hire each other's interns

Perennially hip tech companies Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, and Microsoft often recruit each other’s talent—and the same is true for interns. Google loves Microsoft and Amazon interns, while Microsoft loves Amazon’s talent.

It’s clear from the heat maps above that interns who don’t stay on at their internship employer tend to pursue opportunities within the same industry—and that companies like to hire interns who already have experience. But there’s another factor to consider: geography can often rival an intern’s desire to stay in the industry. For example, as you can see from the aerospace heat map above, Boeing interns often end up at Northrup Grumman or Lockheed Martin—both transitions that may require cross-country moves from Washington state (Boeing’s largest offices) to the Washington DC area. However, 50% more Boeing interns stay close to home (or work, in this case) in the Seattle area to work at Amazon or Microsoft—both tech companies!

And then there are those companies that don’t want to hire from their competitors. We pointed out how many broadcasting networks aren’t keen on FOX interns (ah, politics!). Here are a few other competitors who want to torch, rather than embrace, the competition: Boeing and Airbus, the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, Visa Inc. and Mastercard, and FedEx and UPS.