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INTERNSHIPS IN ECONOMICS An internship allows you to make contacts that lead to job prospects and to explore areas of interest. Some interns are paid, some earn class credit; some paid internships qualify for class credit. Start looking for summer internships over the holiday break; some application deadlines are as early as January. To earn class credit, visit the College of Business and Economics' Internship Office, JH 2121: http://merlin.csun.edu/~businter/For more information on Internships, check out the CSUN Career Center's web page: http://www.csun.edu/career/. Students interested in leadership opportunities on campus should look here: http://usu.csun.edu/involvement/matadorinvolvement.php Local and national internship opportunities: Visit the CSUN College of Business Internship Office in JH 2121 to see listings they have compiled. The web link is: http://merlin.csun.edu/~businter/. Other Internship Links After College: http://www.aftercollege.com/groups/ccenter.asp?fct=1&ID=-765175676 (select "Narrow" at the top of the page, then where it asks for "Work Type" select "Internships") Wetfeet: http://internships.wetfeet.com Internjobs: http://www.internjobs.com or wetfeet.internshipprograms.com The InternSource: http://internsource.org Americorps Programs: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/index.asp U.S Department of Commerce Summer and Academic Year Paid Internships: www.orau.org/doc NOTE: Don't limit your search to "Economics." If something sounds good to you, apply for it. In most cases, you can select "All" as you search for internships or jobs. Most large companies have a web page where they list career or job opportunities. These pages often list internships. If there is a company that interests you, look it up (on, for example, http://www.google.com). Ideas for Internships for Economics Majors I. Think Tanks (Research on Economics/Public Policy/Social Issues) Institute for Humane Studies Public policy and other internships including the Koch Summer Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. Human Studies Fellowship (Juniors or Seniors only) awards up to $12,000 for students exploring the principles, practices, and the institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work. For many of the programs, deadline is 12/31/2009. Resources for the Future Summer Internship Program for "outstanding undergraduate students." RFF will post a list of anticipated research projects on the internship opportunities web page (www.rff.org). Applications are due soon after the opportunities are posted. Milken Institute (Located in Santa Monica, CA) Unpaid Internships, 10-12 hours a week. Apply for summer in March; for fall in early August. Email a resume and cover letter to: Jeffrey K. Schatz, Director of Administration and Employment, Milken Institute (310) 570-4616; email@example.com. Independent Institute (summer internships) Are you market oriented and big on individual liberties? Consider an internship with this think tank in Oakland, CA. Development interns work on a variety of projects that take a closer looks at donor relations, fundraising, and social networking to examine how the role of development is crucial to the work of any public-policy institute. Cato Institution "Cato interns assist policy staff as researchers; work with the conference department to organize policy conferences, debates, and forums; attend seminars and conferences; and assist Cato's professional staff by copying and filing newspaper articles, distributing materials to congressional offices, and preparing mailings. In addition to their research and other duties, interns take part in regular seminars on politics, economics, law, and philosophy, as well as a series of lectures and films on libertarian themes...Cato internships are for undergraduates, regardless of major, graduate students, or recent graduates who share a strong commitment to the values of the Institute." II. Public Policy/Government Internships Federal Trade Commission Research Analyst Program "The research analyst positions offer a unique environment to gain hands-on experience, build skills, and contribute to economic research and policy. After gaining experience at the FTC, many research analysts return to school to pursue graduate degrees in economics or other disciplines, or move to a challenging position in industry and government." Capital Fellows Internships (CA State Government) [Internships and Fellowships for Recent Graduates; February deadline] U.S. Department of State Summer Internships Here are some quotes from the promotional material they sent to CSUN: "Whatever your background or major, you can discover a world of opportunities as a student intern with the U.S. Department of State. Working at one of over 265 diplomatic posts in more than 180 countries, or in Washington, D.C., you will experience the world of diplomacy first-hand." "Whether it’s serving at the hub of diplomatic activity in Washington, D.C., or possibly in an overseas post, the Department of State offers internships that allow you to work closely with those responsible for impacting issues related to embassy operations, human rights, international trade, environmental protection, and curbing terrorism. You’ll have one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a student – learning how to contribute to society and making a difference in the world – while serving your country and earning valuable experience that will enhance your education." Learn more and apply online at: http://careers.state.gov/students/programs.html Congressional Budget Office (with the appropriate link: http://www.cbo.gov/employment/intern.cfm) CBO provides the Congress with the objective, timely, and nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budgetary decisions. Interns contribute to CBO’s work in program areas such as budget and tax policy, health care, national defense, the environment, education, retirement and other income assistance, regulation, and public investment. Information about the internship and the application procedure is available on CBO’s Web site, www.cbo.gov/employment/intern.cfm. Students provide general information and submit their cover letter, résumé, references, and unofficial transcripts or course information online. Students who register at www.cbo.gov/vas_index.cfm will get an e-mail notifying them when CBO begins accepting applications in future years and when new jobs are posted. United states Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Los Angeles Office Gain experience with the Legislative Branch assisting in constituent services and legislative projects. Responsibilities include daily correspondence, policy research, and administrative support. Application Process: Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and one page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more and/or apply, visit our website: www.feinstein.senate.gov For further inquiries, please contact: Angeline Macaspac Intern Coordinator (310) 914-7300 Angeline_Macaspac@feinstein.senate.gov Bureau of Economics Analysis BEA Intern Program BEA is one of the world’s leading statistical agencies. It produces the most closely watched economic statistics that influence decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. Our economic statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of U.S. economic activity. They are the key in critical decisions that affect monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. Interns at BEA gain valuable work experience and training by a professional staff in areas such as study planning, the collection and compilation of data from primary and secondary sources, the preparation of preliminary interpretive reports, the use of computer applications in economic research, and communications and outreach. Eligibility requirements Enrolled, or accepted, as a degree-seeking student who is taking a least a half-time academic course load in an accredited 4-year college or university, graduate school, or professional school Majoring in Economics, Accounting, Business, Math, English, Graphic Arts, Communications, and Computer Science. GPA of at least 3.0 U.S. citizen Deadline for applications Applications for Spring internships will be considered in January Applications for Summer internships will be considered in April Applications for Fall internships will be considered in July To apply, send your resume, your transcript (student copy acceptable), and a writing sample to email@example.com. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment. County of Orange Students and recent graduates can apply for internships with County of Orange. These are unpaid positions that do not automatically lead to employment. Their website is: http://www.scag.ca.gov/careers.htm. There is a list of about 40 different departments that accept interns on an ongoing basis. In addition, there is an Online Interest Form, were you can list your major and/or career goals. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), located in Los Angeles, is a regional planning agency and a Council of Governments established in 1965. Students, who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in government and public affairs, should visit their web site for further information: http://www.scag.ca.gov/careers.htm. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) offers the Metro Internship Program for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. The types of internship opportunities offered to college interns may include, but are not limited to: graphic design, urban planning, human resources, marketing research, media relations, training and administration. For further information visit their web site at: http//metro.net/jobs/internships.htm. III. Banking Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Internship Program "Throughout the year, primarily during the summer months, internship positions are available, most commonly in Economics Research, Banking Supervision and Regulation, and Audit. The internship program provides college students with opportunities to develop good work habits and gain sound professional skills in their areas of interest. The Bank has employed a number of interns as project analysts, researchers, and on occasion, in limited management roles. The goal of the program is to provide a meaningful and challenging experience for the intern, and an opportunity to learn about full-time career opportunities after graduation. The Federal Reserve Bank also works in collaboration with InRoads to offer talented minority students the opportunity to grow and become significant contributors to the success of the Bank. The primary goal of the InRoads organization is early access and cultivation of students with managerial potential. Interns are usually assigned to one department and typically work part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer months. As an integral member of the department, the intern has the opportunity to attend Bank functions and participate in department activities, network with Bank management, and gain valuable experience through peer and mentor programs." IV. Prelaw Opportunities The following information is from the Political Science Department’s Pre-Law Advisement web page: The Judicial Internship is a program where CSUN students are placed with Superior Court judges for a semester. Interns have virtually complete access to what is happening in the courts including settlement conferences in chamber, motion hearings, jury selection, and trials. See website for further information at http://www.csun.edu/lawprogram/. All upper division students regardless of major are welcome to apply. V. Others National Association of Manufacturers "The NAM offers challenging and interesting positions that will complement your educational background in economics, international affairs, political science, public policy, communications, journalism or other relevant areas. You must receive academic credit for your experience, which is substantive enough to meet most universities’ requirements. Positions are available year- round, accommodating summer, fall and spring semester programs." Here is one that is not economics, specifically, but it sounds interesting (their graduate program is recruiting economics majors, see “Grad School” on the ECON home page.) Here is what they say about internships: "If you have students who want to get acquainted with Scripps in their undergraduate years, summer research opportunities are available through the S.T.A.R.S. program: Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) and a number of other summer programs for which students may be eligible: http://sea.ucsd.edu/summer_research/." Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economics Systems The institute is an eight-week summer academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. and is partially sponsored by Georgetown University. The program includes 30 hours per week of professional experience along with academic courses. Log on to the following website for further information and application. www.dcinternships.org Kaiser Edu. This database summarizes and links to fellowship and internships in health policy and related fields. This database includes fellowships located across the United States that are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. http://www.kaiseredu.org/fellowships/default.aspx Panetta Congressional Internship Program One CSUN student will be selected to participate in this prestigious program and will spend the Fall 2009 semester in Washington D.C. working with and for a member of the California Congressional delegation. A full scholarship covering all costs is included. The Panetta Institute for Public Policy offers a golden opportunity for university students to get an inside look at the workings of the U.S. Congress and Washington politics. Offered during the fall semester, the Congressional Internship Program begins with an intensive two-week course at California State University, Monterey Bay, with elected officials and other seasoned government staff explaining how the legislative process actually works. Then each intern is assigned to work for two and a half months in a Capitol Hill office of a member of the California congressional delegation. Link to information and application: http://www.csun.edu/ugs/panetta.html UCLA Health Care Management Intern One of our majors completed an internship with the UCLA health system. It is a great opportunity with future job potential. The internship are non-clinical ina nture, and focus primarily on the business or administrative component of healthcare.
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