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The point of an internship is to advance your learning about the practice of economics. OSU’s internship office provides a useful summary about internships at: OSU Internships. To pursue internship credits, you will need to coordinate with the employer and an Economics faculty member. In economics, students generally identify employers for internships on their own, from listings in Handshake, or from opportunities sent via the economics major or minor listservs. If you are not a member of an econ listserve and would like to be added, contact Laura Relyea.
Any Economics faculty member is eligible to serve as instructor for the internship. Based on the information provided by the employer on the specific duties of the job and the hours that you would be working, the faculty member assesses whether or not the proposed internship is suitable for economics internship credits based on the job duties in relation to economics. Some of the guidelines for approving internships are given at: criteria for internships.
The faculty member will discuss course requirements and evaluation procedures with you. Requirements will include the relevant job duties and the number of credits. You can earn 1 credit hour for each 30 hours of work. It is possible to make arrangements with your instructor to pursue additional credits by keeping a journal and/or writing a paper based on your experience. Be aware that you can apply only 4 credits of the “blanket-numbered” courses (ECON 401-406, 408-410) to the major or the minor. All internships are graded pass/no-pass.