Employment Preparation: Internships & Research

Job market preparation through experiential learning…


Internships offer the opportunity to supplement classroom theory with practical knowledge gained from a monitored, field-based learning experience in a professional setting. Internships can range from a general career exploratory experience to a pre-professional level experience related to the student’s field of study. Many recent graduates of our bachelor programs have found successful job placement through their participation in an internship. These positions provide valued work experience and network connections with future employers.

Students are encouraged to report any internship experience to the department even when not taken for course credit. Students interested in obtaining an internship should make an appointment with Bryan Career Services & Internships Programs for résumé and cover letter review, search strategy, mock-interviews and other career resources.

Internship for course credit (ECO 426 Internship: Economic Experiential Learning) allows students to earn elective program credit hours while gaining applicable work experience to better prepare for their careers.  These internships will be campus-monitored and employer-supervised experiences in business, government, or not-for-profit organizations that involve the application of economic analysis and methods and the development of professional skills in the field of study. Internships must include a minimum of 50 supervised internship hours per one credit hour earned. For more information, please refer to the Internship Guidelines. Students must complete the Agreement in order to register.

Undergraduate Research

Independent Study (ECO 513 Directed Studies in Economics) allows individual study of economic problems of special interest for course credit. Regular conferences with the instructor are required. Prerequisite for the course include 21 semester hours of economics course credits and permission of the instructor. Prior to registering, students must coordinate with an economics faculty member to mentor their research and develop a research topic proposal.

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) supports co- and extra-curricular engagement of undergraduates in faculty-mentored research and creative projects. For example, URSCO offers undergraduate research and creativity assistantships, travel support for students presenting their research off campus, and an annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate scholarly inquiry. The URSCO is involved in state and national initiatives that promote undergraduate research. Faculty may apply for URSCO funding opportunities  in partnership with research engaged undergraduate students. If awarded, these opportunities may include student stipends.