Internships for Economics Students
The Economics Department strongly encourages our students to seek out internships to gain on-the-ground experience working in industries and sectors in which they might be interested in pursuing careers! Current students and recent alumni have pursued and obtained internships in finance, information and technology, economic consulting, state and local government, urban development, various non-profits, and a wide variety of additional fields of interest.
Internships also come in a variety of forms, including part-time and full-time, paid and unpaid internships, internships in the private, government and non-profit sectors, and internships that are part of an independent study course. Course-related internships for credit involve additional academic work. Students engage in internships over the summer, during the academic year and winter break.
The Career Center in Becker Hall is the nerve center for identifying internships of interest and advice on how to search and obtain them. To discuss your career interests, related internship opportunities, and the tools available to find them, please contact the Career Center to meet with a Career Advisor (Ashley Dwyer or Pete Fowler) or login to Handshake and schedule an appointment. Handshake is Union’s career management platform which provides thousands of active job and internship postings across the country from alumni and employers who want to hire Union students. All students have a Handshake account.
Students are encouraged to engage with the Career Center early in their Union career. Get started through the UReady career readiness program designed to accelerate professional preparedness. Through this interactive process, students will explore and reflect on their community involvement, experiential learning, course experiences, leadership and learn to articulate their value proposition to employers, fellowship advisors, and/or graduate schools.
1. Is their financial support available for students who accept an unpaid or low pay internship? Union College facilitates a competitive funding program through the Community Service Internship Funding Program.
2. Can I get academic credit for an internship? Information and guidelines related to obtaining academic credit for your internship can be found here.