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:
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")
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,
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
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.
(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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
"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
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:
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
Application Process: Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references,
and one page writing sample to email@example.com
To learn more and/or apply, visit our website: www.feinstein.senate.gov
For further inquiries, please contact:
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.
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
Majoring in Economics, Accounting, Business, Math, English, Graphic Arts,
Communications, and Computer Science.
GPA of at least 3.0
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
IV. Prelaw Opportunities
The following information is from the Political Science Department’s Pre-Law Advisement web
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.
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:
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
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.
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.