Information for Employers
About Our Students
What is an Internship?
of Hosting an Intern
Tips for a
Student's Role & Earning Credit
of Economics has several educational goals for the students who take our
we want our students to:
1) think analytically,
2) develop a variety of problem-solving skills, 3) learn to access key
economic data sources, 4) acquire the statistical and quantitative knowledge
needed to undertake and understand empirical research, and 5) learn how
to use the appropriate tools of information technology in this pursuit.
Finally, we want our students to learn to express their ideas, methods,
and results clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing.
economics majors have a background in:
- English Composition
- Statistical Methods
- Intermediate Economics
Many of the
students have also studied:
- Advanced Mathematics
- Specialized Economic
Finance, International Economics, Labor, Natural Resource Economics,
Econometrics and mo re..)
is an Internship?
An internship is a position, full-time or part-time,
paid or unpaid, that is related to the student’s academic goals and is
pre-professional in nature. It provides practical experience which supplements
academic learning. Internships are an ideal experiential learning opportunity
for students interested in exploring careers in multiple fields while
integrating their classroom learning and developing specialized skills
necessary for rewarding careers.
of Hosting an Intern
- Are Cost-Effective – Interns can be paid or unpaid
and can help to meet immediate and long term personnel needs.
- Assist with Special Projects – Interns can do research,
provide computer expertise, and fresh creative perspectives. Reduce
Risk - When you hire interns, you are creating a
pool of experienced candidates from which to hire. You are able to observe
their skills and work style. Additionally, the new employee who has
completed an internship with you already understands the work &
your company’s culture. You won’t have to wait while they make the adjustment
from student to worker.
a Successful Internship
Students consider a good internship to be one in which
they build their skills and get experience in their field. They want real
responsibilities and enough work to fill their time.
Some general guidelines:
- Organize the internship around a particular project
that needs to be accomplished. This will help the student feel that
they are doing work that matters and not just busy work.
- If possible, have one person serve as the intern’s
- Have this person meet with the student regularly
to assess progress towards her predetermined learning goals.
- Give constructive feedback to aid in the learning
process. This is a learning experience for the student and they need
to learn about areas in which they can improve.
- Have a culminating meeting with the student. This
is an appropriate time to help the student to think about their future
career plans. Help the student to brainstorm about his or her next steps.
This could include taking additional coursework, network building, completing
an additional internship, or continuing work at your organization
An internship can be a paid or unpaid opportunity.
Most of the internships that the students do are paid either by a stipend
or an hourly wage. Students can earn credit for the internship whether
it is paid or unpaid.
an Internship Position
- The Economics Department cannot recruit students to fill particular
internship positions, but we do prominently display listings, email
opportunities to students, and routinely encourage students to consider
pursuing internships. We serve as a clearinghouse, providing structure
to the process. It is helpful to give as much information as possible
about the organization's needs and expectations in order to attract
students that will be a great fit for the position.
When you are ready to post your position,
please send us the following information:
- Internship Title
- Position Description
- Required and Desireable Skills and Qualifications
- Rate of Pay, if any
- Hours required
- Start Date
- Instructions for application
- Contact information
You can send us the information by:
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 206-685-7477
- Mail: Economics Undergraduate Advising, University of Washington,
Box 353330, Seattle, WA 98195-3330
We will post your position on our bulletins board, and
forward it to our major email list.
- You may also advertise your internship opportunity with the Center
for Career Services by posting it directly on their website via the
HuskyJobs database system. For information, visit http://depts.washington.edu/careers/employers/.
- Public sector employers may also post internships with the Carlson
Leadership and Public Service Center by emailing the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student's Role & Earning Credit
Students who choose to do internships identify a potential
placement based on their academic, professional and personal goals.
Once an internship is chosen, the student
contacts the organization and interviews with the prospective internship
supervisor. If both the student and supervisor agree to
work together, the student must decide if she or he wishes to pursue earning
academic credit. ( Note: the University of Washington does not require
that a student earn academic credit to complete an internship.)
Students are counseled to treat internships as they
would a professional job. For some, however, an internship is the student’s
first experience in a professional environment. In this situation, the
student can benefit by being coached about the office environment, including
dress norms, appropriate behavior in meetings, organizational policies
on personal phone calls, etc.
For details on earning credit,
My experience with interns has been very positive. Companies receive
the benefit of energetic and innovative thinking while student interns
receive real-world experience that can augment their classroom experience
and gain valuable insight into future career opportunities . ”
- Bob Davis, General Manager,
in internships provided me with a unique level of hands-on learning and
growth, as a student and up-coming professional."
Griego, BA, ‘04
We are here to help you!
If you have questions about the Department of Economics,
our students, or internships in general, please call our advising office
at 206-543-5794 or email
Last updated March 17, 2005