How to Obtain an Internship
The Department recognizes the value that a good internship experience can make to a student’s overall learning. A good internship provides a student with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills specific to a particular job or to the kinds of activities performed by the organization offering the internship. It can also serve as an opportunity for the students to evaluate how the knowledge acquired in class can support their professional development and enrich their appreciation for the tasks assigned to them as interns, whether in a business firm or in a government office, or in another kind of organization. Students majoring in economics can pursue academic credits for their internship-based learning experiences –subject to approval by the Department Chairperson—by registering for the course ECO 155, “Economics Internship.” Students who intend to register for this course are expected to have completed the introductory classes in economics (ECO 1 and ECO 2) and to have a GPA of 3.0 or better, both overall and in Economics.
An internship may be eligible for academic credit if it involves training for a position in which a college degree would be necessary for full-time employment and in which a major in Economics would be considered beneficial. Students whose internship has been approved by the Department Chair can receive between one and four semester hours of academic credit, depending on the type of work and the number of hours worked at the internship site. In general, students can expect to get one credit per 32 hours worked. The student’s grade in the course is based on both the work done on-site and the academic work carried out under faculty supervision. In general, students are expected to prepare weekly entries for a journal or blog, meet with their supervisors, and write a short term paper (7-10 pages per credit hour) about their internship experience and the role that their knowledge of economics played in the work assigned to them.
For more information about obtaining an internship, contact Department Chairman Robert Guttmann at (516) 463-5292 or via email.