Internships and Summer Opportunities

Internships

Local companies and organizations actively recruit economics majors at St. Thomas for internships, some of which have offered interns full-time employment after graduation. These include Medtronic, Target, Ernst & Young, Dorsey & Whitney, Merrill Lynch, and U.S. Bank as well government agencies like the U.S. Treasury and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.   

We encourage students to seek guidance for career planning, internships, and resume preparation from the Career Development Center. Here are some directions on how to access all the job and internship (both paid and unpaid) listings St. Thomas offers: 

  • Go to the St. Thomas Career Development page 
  • Click on the “Job & Internship Listings” link on the right 
  • Sign in with your UST username and password 
  • On the left side menu click “Job Listings” then “Tommie Career Listings” 
  • Search jobs by job title, company, location, and more 
  • For a more specific search, click “Advanced Search” near the search bar

Additional Advice: To access some of the job/internship positions and all the on-campus interviews, you will need to create a profile on TommieCareers and attend an orientation session. More information on the process can be found here. The orientation requirement can be fulfilled either face-to-face or online. 

For Data Analytics/Science job or internship opportunities, please visit the MinneAnalytics-Twin Cities Big Data, Data Science and Analytics Community- job board at http://minneanalytics.org/jobs.  They also host a MinneFAIR: Careers in Data Day each year in October. We recommend that you join the MinneAnalytics email list so that you can be notified about all of the organization' sponsored events and news if interested in a career in data analytics/science.

Summer Opportunities

Here is a sample of opportunities available to economics majors over the summer to complement their academic studies.

American Economics Association (AEA)

The AEA Summer Training Program and Scholarship Program aims to increase diversity in the field of economics by preparing students for graduate programs in economics. Through the eight week undergraduate summer program, women and students of color will enhance their math and economic skills by successfully completing advanced undergraduate courses preparing you for graduate training in economics.

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp 

Learn how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results through this intensive, one week residential immersion program. Participants dive into the economic, political, and social aspects of today’s national and international United States policy through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives.. Enrollment is limited in order to maximize interaction with the  faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, which include world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.

ICPSR

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research offers four week sessions and shorter, two-to-five day workshops. Programs cover everything from basic skills (e.g., “Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis”) to those focused on cutting-edge topics (e.g., “Advanced Bayesian Modeling”), with plenty of others in between (e.g., “Regression Analysis: Linear Models,” “Network Analysis,” and “Time Series Analysis.”).  This is a highly competitive program.  The acceptance rate is approximately around 3%.  Our very own Shannon Heitkamp ’15 participated in this program.  Talk to your academic advisor if interested in applying. See this ICPSR Flyer for more details.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) 

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) offers a program for students interested in careers in government, public policy and academia. The Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) program held in Washington D.C. offers students a thorough examination of the American political tradition and market economics through comparative study. TFAS also sponsors academic internship programs in Washington D.C. and you can leverage your experience in ICPES into a future internship or full-time job in Washington D.C. through TFAS after graduation.

Economics Majors who have interned or will intern in Washington D.C. through TFAS:

  • Seth Glidewell (Government Affairs Intern, National Sheriffs Association, Summer 2016)
  • Will Hancuch (Research and Policy Intern, IO Sustainability LLC, Summer 2017)
  • Morgan Kaardal (Community Development Intern, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Summer 2018)