The Economics Department Internship Program (EDIP) allows students to earn upper-division credit by working a contracted number of hours in an approved organization.  Students may earn 1 credit for every 50 hours of internship work.  Internship projects must provide an opportunity for the student to apply the economics theories learned in the classroom to a formal work setting, and must be approved by the Internship Director. Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to provide theoretically informed evaluations of the economic environment, and to communicate more effectively in organizational settings. Additionally, students will have gained practical work experience.


  • Economics major or minor
  • Economics courses appropriate to the internship (coursework may be taken concurrently with the internship)

How do I apply for an Internship Program?

Step 1: Student can start an Intership Program by submitting Economics Department Internship Program (EIP) Learning Plan You will need to complete your section of the EDIP and have a company supervisor complete the other information. Remember to get a letter of offer and attach it to the EDIP.

Submit the form to:
Alex Tejeda
Economics Department Analyst  |  DMH 147  |  408-924-5403 

International students you must submit the CPT form to ISSS and follow up with them in order to ensure that you also receive approval from USCIS.

Step 2: Check the sjs4.sjsu.eduwebsite (go to the “sites” tab) to see if the company you want to intern with already exists in the database. If your company is listed, proceed to Step 4. If it is not listed, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: If the company is not listed, the company can initiate a New Partner Proposal. Or  you can request a new proposal in hereIf the company does not wish to complete the application, your internship will not be acceptable for the purposes of course credit. (You may still do the internship on your own, but it is not eligible for the Economics Department Internship Program. Your internship will be completely separate and distinct from the University.) If the company agrees to complete the application, the university will work with them to include them as an active learning site partner. At this point, they will be listed on, and you may proceed to Step 4.

Pleas note: the student cannot achieve approval from EDIP Director on the EDIP/ CPT form if the Learning Site (company) is not identified on SJS4 website.

Step 4: Once your EDIP get approval, the instructor will give you an add code to use to enroll in Econ 185 or Econ 285 for class credit

Because the process described above can take time to complete, we strongly recommend you begin the process a few months prior to the semester in which you wish to be enrolled in the class.

How do I complete the Internship?

Step 1: Before leaving the compamy, submit a letter that certifies your satisfactory work and completion of the required hours to the Department Analyst- Van Huynh. The letter must be on company letterhead and signed by your supervisor.

Step 2: Complete and turn in a 5-page writing assignment, as described in these guidelines. The paper must be turned into the instructor prior to the last instructional day of the semester in which you are enrolled in ECON 185/285

Internship Paper Guidelines:

To complete your internship for credit in the Economic Department Internship program, you must complete 150 hours of work (as documented in a letter from your supervisor), and a 5-page paper.

Your paper should detail and discuss some economics aspect of your position. Because economics is everywhere, it is hard to imagine an internship position that would not entail economics. It is highly recommended you talk to the instructor about the topic of your paper for guidance.

Paper Format: Length: 5 pages (not including the title page), double-spaced with 12-point font.

Title Page: Include your name, the class (ECON 185 or 285), the date, the title of your paper, the name of your position and the name of the company where you performed your internship.

Due Date: The paper is due on the least instruction day of the semester in which you are enrolled in the class. The paper may be turned in early, if desired.

Do I qualify for an Internship?

Internships are open to graduate students and undergraduates majoring in economics. Graduates must have completed a minimum of 12 units of graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 in those courses. Undergraduate majors must have junior standing and a GPA of 3.0 in the major.

For more information about the internship program, you can see our FAQs sheet. 
Need paperwork or forms? Please contact Analyst Van Huynh