Credit for internships in economics is
handled through ECON 394, Economics Internship. The internship coordinator
is Dr. Bruce Brunton. Internships
are subject to College and Economics Department requirements as follows:
COB Minimum Requirements for Internship Credit
(1) The internship experience must involve analytical thinking. Because this course will allow a student to earn academic credit for elective hours in economics, the nature of the internship experience must be approved, in advance, in much the same way as an independent study (ECON 490), before the student registers for the course. An internship should involve some clearly identifiable analytical thinking that is similar to what would be experienced in an economics course. A written statement from, or phone conversation with, the organization employing the intern is necessary to verify the nature of the responsibilities expected of the intern. If these are deemed sufficiently analytical, a course approval form (similar to the one used for independent studies) can be signed and the student can register.
(2) There should be a minimum of 200 supervised hours.
(3) A journal must kept and turned in to help document what happened.
(4) A supervisor's report - either in writing or through a phone call - is a requirement for an internship and an important part of the evaluation process that leads to a grade for the course.
(5) A student paper plays a role in eliciting the analytical thinking that the internship experience should create to warrant academic credit; therefore, a paper is a requirement for internship credit. The specifics of the paper should depend on the nature of the internship responsibilities of the student but should be explicitly included in the approval form that is signed before registration.