Internship in Economics


Interested students should go to the Internship and Career Center for assistance in obtaining an internship, or visit the the UC Davis Washington Program, which offers undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research and unparalleled internship experience during a quarter's residence in our nation's capital. Students gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts in fields that interest them. Economics students can discover major-specific internship opportunities herePlease note, participation in the Washington Program or the UCCS program will not warrant additional units. Academic credit can only be given for internships at institutions and companies outside campus.


Internships provide valuable experience in a particular job and potential employers get to know their employee, thus internships carry their own rewards. Students completing an internship in Economics will receive upper division credit (ECN 192 units) toward their graduation requirements (i.e. towards their 180 unit minimum requirement), however students will not receive credit toward the Economics major requirements. Typically 1-2 units per quarter (on rare occasion up to 4 units) are given for internship credit. There is a 6-unit cap on total credits per student (across all quarters) granted for Economics internships.

To apply for an internship (after obtaining an internship offer from the employer), you need to provide both of the following documents to the Advising Center (via email or in-person):

1. A letter from the employer stating that you have been offered an internship and specifying the start/end dates and the hours per week AND,

2. A fully completed ECN 192 Internship application form (available here: ECN 192 application).

DEADLINE: Fully completed applications must be submitted by the 20th day of instruction to be considered for the current term. For Summer Sessions, fully completed applications must be submitted by the 10th day of instruction to be considered for the current term.

Once you have submitted both documents to the advising center, the Economics advisors will obtain approval from the Economics Internship Coordinator and the Economics Department Chair, and the advisors will contact you with further instructions. Please do not contact the Economics Internship Coordinator or Department Chair directly unless requested by an advisor.

If you are an International Student applying for internship credit, you must also have a CPT approved via I-Global from your major advisor first, please submit the above full application to the Advising Center at and we will direct you to the advisor who oversees and supports the Economics Internship Program. 


Associate Professor Derek Stimel *

*Please do not email Professor Stimel unless directed to by an Economics advisor. 


The March Family Internship Fund was established to support UC Davis economics students who participate in business-related internships. Roy March, the donor to the fund and graduate of UC Davis in economics, believes in the importance of internships as career-defining and even life-changing experiences. Applicants should research internship opportunities and address their interests and qualifications through the questions listed below. Use the UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC) as a resource for finding internship postings:

Apply here!