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: Check the sjs4.sjsu.edu website (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 3. If it is not listed, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: If the company is not listed, the company can initiate a New Partner Proposal. If 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 sjs4.sjsu.edu, and you may proceed to Step 3.
Step 3: After the company is listed on the sjs4 web site, the student must submit Economics Department Internship Program (EDIP) Learning Plan in order to obtain approval from the EDIP Director. (F1 students must also submit a CPT form as well.) 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.
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.
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: The Internship Director 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, ask for a letter that cerrifies your satisfactory work and completion of the required hours. 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 Internship Director 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 140 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 Internship Director about the topic of your paper for guidance.
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.
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.