Are you an economics undergraduate seeking a summer internship or nearing graduation? Use this page to explore a wide array of resources, meant to aid in your search for an internship, career, or doctoral program. Click the tabs below to get started, and be sure to check out the American Economic Association’s student resource page as a useful supplement to this page.
Here you will find a list of perennial internship opportunities you might consider, as well as several searchable databases to help you locate an internship.
The following entities on campus offer competitive grants for students undertaking unpaid internships.
The Economics Department does not award academic credit for internships. However, students who must receive credit to complete an internship may register to enroll in the course INTR 1990: Liberal Arts Internship.
Prior to enrolling in INTR 1990, international students desiring credit for internships should also complete the Curricular Practical Training Application, which includes a recommendation form that should be completed and emailed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics for signature. Note that the Office of International Students & Scholars may also require a letter from the organization stating the nature of the internship and how it relates to your studies.
The following resources and databases are available to students looking for research assistantship (R.A.) opportunities. These are useful for developing hands-on research skills -- including greater experience working with datasets and programming softwares such as Stata, R, Python, and ArcGIS -- which are important for careers in academia and data analysis.
Are you interested in working as an R.A. for a current Tulane economics professor? Just like students, many professors are seeking research assistants yet do not know where to look! Here is some useful advice for students:
The Career Services Center offers multiple services for helping students to identify internships and other professional opportunities that match their interests:
“I wanted to work in a position that would allow me to use the data science and research-based writing skills I had developed in my economics degree. I found positions through my professors, Handshake, and postings on LinkedIn and other websites. Most required a writing sample, cover letter, and resume. Make sure to mention particular projects you've worked on, and run all these documents by a professor ahead of time. You’ve got this!”Murad Laradji (Tulane ‘22)
Studying economics entails some of the best and most exciting career prospects, as well as opportunities for advanced study. Explore some of these job databases and resources: