The Economics Internship Program (EIP, also referred to as 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 will submit a 5-page Internship Paper and 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.

Internship Qualifications

  • Economics undergraduate and graduate students
  • Undergraduate economics majors must have junior standing and a GPA of 3.0 in the major.
  • Economic graduate students must have completed a minimum of 12 units of graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 in those courses.
  • Enrollment tin economics courses appropriate to the internship (coursework may be taken concurrently with the internship)
  • For more information about the internship program, please consult the Economics Internship Program FAQs sheet [pdf]

Internship Program Application Steps

We strongly recommend you begin the application process a few months prior to the semester in which you wish to be enrolled in the class.

  1. Students may join the the internship program by submitting Economics Internship Program (EIP) Learning Plan [pdf]. Download the form, fill and save, email the completed form, along with an Offer Letter to

    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.
  2. Check the website (go to the “sites” tab) to see if the company you want to intern with exists in the database. If it is not listed, proceed to Step 3. If your company is listed, proceed to Step 4.
  3. If the company is not listed, the company may initiate a New Partner Proposal or students or faculty may request a new proposal here. The University will work with the company to be included as an Active Learning Site partner, after the company is listed on, proceed to Step 4.
    1. If the company does not wish to complete the application, your internship will not be acceptable for the purposes of course credit. You may complete the internship, but it is not eligible for the Economics Internship Program; your internship will be completely separate and distinct from the University.
    2. Please note: The student cannot achieve approval from EIP Director on the EIP/ CPT form if the Learning Site (company) is not identified on SJS4 website.
  4. Once your EIP is approved, the instructor will give you an add code in order to enroll in ECON 185 or ECON 285 for class credit.

Completing the Internship

  • Before leaving the company, please submit a letter from your supervisor on company letterhead which certifies your satisfactory work and completion of the required hours to the Department Analyst.
  • 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 Internship program, you must submit a 5-page paper describing the economics aspect of your position. Please consult with your ECON 185-285 instructor about the topic of your paper for guidance.

  • 5 pages (not including the title page), double-spaced with 12-point font. 
    Title Page: Your name, class (ECON 185 or 285), date, title of your paper, name of your position, and the name of the company where you performed your internship.
  • The paper is due on the last instruction day of the semester in which you are enrolled in the class. The paper may be turned in early, if desired.

For questions or further information, please contact:

Image of SJSU Spartan LogoAlex Tejeda
Economics Department Analyst
DMH 147