Careers and internships in economics


Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various roles in businesses are most common, economics majors are successful in law, medicine, government, non-profits, and international relations, as well as in academic roles.

Graduates have taken positions as analysts, brokers, consultants, managers, planners, and statisticians for private sector firms, both large and small, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

Others have gone on to the best law schools in the country or to the top PhD and MBA programs here and abroad. Additionally, many graduates have won prestigious national awards, such as the Marshall Award, the NSF Fellowship, Fulbright fellowships, and the Truman Award.

Students interested in pursuing graduate school or research oriented careers should review the information on Preparing for Research-Focused Careers.


Many students complete internships in the summer or while in school. In some instances, internships are suitable for ECN 484 credit. Credit requires an internship with a substantial economics component, completion of ECN 312 and 313, a 3.0 GPA economics coursework and overall. To see if an internship qualifies for ECN 484 credit, contact the department internship coordinator, Dr. Cara McDaniel, at

Students interested in pursuing internships in preparation for graduate school or research-focused careers should review the information on Research Assistantships and Internships.

Students seeking assistance in finding internships should visit the career services center. More information is available in Services and Resources.