CLAS - Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

The Economics Undergraduate Internship Program provides students the opportunity to develop and apply their economics training to "real world" problems in a closely monitored work setting. Internships offer students an experiential learning opportunity that cannot be taught in the classroom. To qualify, an employment opportunity must entail controlled and closely monitored work assignments that directly contribute to the overall academic development of students.

Student Skills & Training

Economics students are trained to think analytically and quantitatively about a variety of economic and financial issues such as:

  • Business valuation
  • Pricing strategy
  • Rate of return analysis
  • Asset pricing
  • Acquisition strategy
  • Demand analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Environmental policy impact
  • Tax policy
  • International trade policy
  • International exchange rates
  • Health care policy analysis
  • Market research
  • Optimization

Internship Benefits to Students

  • Insight and deeper understanding of concepts and principles learned in the classroom through practical application.
  • Professional work experience and industry contacts provide an advantage when seeking permanent employment after graduation.
  • Opportunity to confirm career interests.
  • Potential for permanent employment.
  • Academic credit that applies toward meeting graduation requirements.
  • Monetary compensation.

Student Eligibility

Undergraduate students must:

  • Be majoring in Economics
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better, both overall and in Economics classes
  • Recommendation of a faculty member in the ASU Department of Economics
  • Completed at least 80 semester hours of course work
  • Completed 12 semester hours in economics, including Intermediate Microeconomics (ECN 313) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECN 314), or the Honors equivalent

Student's Academic Record

The quality of a student's academic record will be judged on the basis of his or her:

  • Grade point average in all courses completed at ASU;
  • Grade point average in economics courses completed at ASU;
  • Type and difficulty of courses taken at ASU; and
  • Recommendation of a faculty member in the Department of Economics at ASU.

Finally, the relationship between the student's qualifications and the specific internships available each semester will be considered in selecting students for participation. Normally, a student must be enrolled in the University as a full-time student for the semester of participation in the Undergraduate Internship Program to receive academic credit for the Internship. The student must enroll in ECN 484 during the semester in which he or she is engaged in the Internship.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, see Professor John McDowell (BAC 688, phone 965-7109).