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Economics students can complete an internship for 3 elective credits. Students enroll in ECON 4890 for 3 credit hours in any semester and concurrently complete their internship in order to receive credit. To begin your internship search, visit the CSBS Internship Database and make an appointment with your Internship Coordinator. If you have already secured an internship and would like to receive course credit, please complete the Course Permission Request formand allow up to 3-5 business days for processing.

ECON 4890 Overview: 

This internship course is based on engagement in an internship experience.   

(1) Graded credit for this internship and associated academic work will be awarded as Econ 4890: Economics Internship (3 hours of credit). This will count as one of your economics elective courses.

(2) You will provide, by e-mail to the faculty member supervising your internship, a weekly description of your work, the number of hours you put in, and a brief reflection on what you’ve learned or what new questions you have as a result of your work. (This should be one or two paragraphs per week.) These weekly e-mails will be due by 5 pm each Sunday.

(3) Consulting with your faculty supervisor, you will develop a 15-page (approximately) research paper on a topic related to your work.  This will be distinct from any work you turn in directly to your internship “host,” though it will overlap to some degree.  Your paper must draw on at least four academic sources (journal articles or books).  You will turn in a brief proposal to your faculty supervisor – one paragraph, a rough outline, and a list of at least four potential sources – around mid-semester.  You will turn in a rough draft.  The final paper will be due at the end of the semester.

(4) Your course grade will be based on the following:

  • Weekly descriptions/reactions: 3 points each, 12 weeks = 36 points.
  • Research Paper – 30 points total: Proposal = 5 points, Rough Draft = 5 points, Paper = 20 points.
  • Evaluation by “host” supervisor: 34 points.
Holly Hatfield

Holly Hatfield

Holly is an enthusiastic researcher of why people live with fewer others when it’s cheaper and often more fulfilling to live together; but Holly’s true passion is teaching economics.  As a fifth-year economics Ph.D student at the University of Utah, Holly has experience teaching to a wide range of learners, from a select few in internships and Master’s level courses to large student groups in online general education courses.  As a Graduate Fellow with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) Holly has been trained in best practices in higher education and consults faculty interested in updating their approaches.  Holly works hard to keep lessons under 20 minutes, provide clear expectations and timely feedback, and support students in learning more about what matters to them, especially if that’s economics.  She would love to have you in her class.  Following are courses Holly has taught: ECON 1010 Economics as a Social Science; ECON 1740 U.S. Economic History; ECON 3540 Current Economic Problems; ECON 4890 CSBS Internship; ECON 5180/6180 Poverty and Inequality.


Last Updated: 5/4/21