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Internship Program

With an internship, students can apply their classroom experience to a hands-on career position to gain additional information about economics and how it is applied outside of the classroom.

Why do an internship?

  • There are numerous advantages to completing an internship during your undergraduate years, some of which include:
  • Network to establish opportunities and contacts that could lead to full-time employment
  • Learn how to apply studies in a “real world” position
  • Gain deeper insight into how economics is utilized in different industries
  • Receive additional credit hours toward your major

What are the requirements?
Students must be enrolled in ECON 4191 in conjunction with the internship during the semester. ECON 4191 accompanies the internship with a prompt each week for reflection as well as a final paper in order to receive credit. Up to 3 credit hours can be earned through this method, 1 credit for every 50 hours worked.

  • Requirements to be enrolled in ECON 4191:
  • Undergraduate student majoring in economics
  • Be of at least junior-standing
  • Have at least a 3.1 cumulative GPA
  • Provide a detailed list of duties and how they may relate to economics from a proposed employer; this is then evaluated by the department’s academic advisors, who deem the proposed work eligible or not for an internship.

To learn more information about qualifying for an internship, please contact Rebecca Baker, who oversees ECON 4191.
To learn more information about finding an internship, please see below and contact Amy Louise for additional assistance.

How do I find an internship?
Internships are found in the same manner as finding a job, therefore the opportunities for internships are endless. Once a potential employer is found s/he would need to provide a detailed list of duties and how they may related to economics; this is then evaluated by the department’s Academic Advisors, who deem whether or not the proposed work is eligible to be an internship.

If you need assistance finding and building relationships with potential employers, please begin by visiting https://careers.osu.edu/students/buckeye-internships/finding-an-internship/.

You will then find that there are two primary paths recommended:

  • Use Handshake

Handshake is OSU’s university-wide position posting system where students can search and apply for internships. There are thousands of opportunities posted in Handshake as well as information on upcoming career fairs and on-campus recruiting events.

Access Handshake by going to https://osu.joinhandshake.com/

  • Schedule a Career Counseling Appointment

The Office of Career Counseling and Support Services provides extensive resources and recommendations on how to go about finding and arranging an internship.

You can use the resources they have available at https://ccss.osu.edu/ and/or you can schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor by calling 614-688-3898. Other questions can be sent directly to sl-ccss@osu.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences also has its own department of Career Success. You can receive more personalized assistance by scheduling an appointment with a Career Coach. Career coaching is a reflective process that involves discussing the career options you are considering and mapping out a plan for achieving your career goals, including searching for an internship.

You can review the resources they have available at https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/career-success/students and/or you can reach out to them with questions directly at asccareer@osu.edu or 614-292-6961.