Economics majors interested in internships should speak with any of their professors about available opportunities. They may also contact the Department Chair, Daniel MacDonald. In the past, economics majors have had internships with the following organizations:
- San Bernardino County Supreme Court
- Ameriprise Financial
- City of San Bernardino, Economic Development Agency (EDA)
- Housing Authority, Riverside County EDA
- Marketing Dept., Riv. Co. EDA
- California Council on Economic Education
- Citizens Business Bank
- Riverside Medical Foundation
- La-Z-Boy West, Redlands
Finding an Internship and Earning Credit for Econ 5751, 5752, and 5753
Supervised work in public or private organizations emphasizing practical applications of economic concepts and relationships. May be repeated once for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (4 units)
Purpose: to provide students the opportunity to (a) apply basic economic concepts in an environment outside the classroom; and (b) increase their exposure to the professional workplace.
Internship Criteria, Procedures and Process
- Interns must have grade point averages of at least 2.0 overall and in the economics major, and must have completed at least 90 units of degree-applicable course work, i.e., must have achieved junior standing.
- Internship placements may be with private sector businesses, non-profit organizations or government agencies.
- Internship activities must be related in some way to economics, and must be approved by the economics faculty member providing general oversight on the placement.
- Interns must have an on-site supervisor who agrees to oversee the satisfactory completion of a set of activities determined jointly by supervisor and intern, and approved by the overseeing economics faculty member. These activities must be outlined on an Internship Contract form which the student must complete and submit to the Economics Department prior to the semester in which the internship is to be undertaken.
- Internships may be paid or unpaid.
- Internships typically commence at the beginning of the semester. Weekly hours are scheduled so that the internship can be completed by the end of the semester
- In order to earn credit for Econ 5751/5752/5753, interns must: (1) perform a minimum of 120 hours service at the internship site; (2) receive a satisfactory written evaluation from the on-site supervisor; and (3) submit to the faculty member overseeing the internship a satisfactory written report relating to internship activities.
- an internship evaluation form is sent by the Department of Economics to the on-site supervisor during the seventh or eighth week of the semester.
- the overseeing faculty member determines the exact nature and deadline of the written report required for the internship, and assigns a final grade of 'credit' or 'no credit' for Economics 5751/5752/5753.
- While it is possible to earn up to six units of credit for internships under Economics 5751/5752/5753, only under extraordinary circumstances, and with approval of the Economics Department chair, may the second internship be undertaken with the same entity as the first.