ECON386: Experiential Learning
The Economics Department supports students who desire to
broaden their range of educational experience beyond the traditional classroom.
To this end, ECON386 allows students to obtain credit for employment or
internships related to their studies in economics.
are responsible for seeking and securing their own internships. While
the Economics Department will post internship opportunities forwarded by
potential sponsors, the department does not actively match students with
internships. Internship announcements
that are submitted to our department are posted for students on the ECON Undergraduate Blog. In addition the University Career Center
maintains a database of available jobs and internships through their Careers4Terps
website. Students are also encouraged to search for internships using
their own resources. Internships must be approved by ECON Advising prior
to the interns start date and the beginning of the semester. Students can
download the Internship Application here.
Students will earn three (3) credits for ECON386. For students on the Bachelor of Arts track, these credits may count towards their Experiential Learning requirement. For students on the Bachelor of Science track, these credits will count as elective credits (towards the minimum number of credits needed for an undergraduate degree). Grades for ECON386 are Satisfactory or Fail (S/F). ECON386 may not
must be an economics major.
must have at least 60 cumulative credits completed.
must have a minimum UMD cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
internship must be related to a student's study of Economics in some
must work 135 hours during the semester the student is registered for the
for ECON386 will only be given in the semester during which the internship
Note: If your internship takes place during the summer, you
must register and pay for ECON386 during the summer term - you cannot earn
credit after your internship is already completed.
In order to receive credit for ECON386, a student must
complete the application
form. BEFORE submitting to ECON Advising, the student must completely fill
out and sign the application and then obtain a signature from their internship
supervisor. Students must also submit a current resume with their application
The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Economics will
review the application and may contact either the student or the internship
supervisor for additional information prior to determination of eligibility.
Once approved, an Economics Advisor will notify the student by email that they
can register for ECON386 using Testudo.
All applications MUST be submitted with sufficient time in
order to be evaluated prior to the last day of schedule adjustment for the
ECON386 will have
four components: progress reports, final reflection paper, letter from the
supervisor, and internship review. Failure to complete any
of these assignments will result in a grade of "F."
Written progress reports must be sent via email to Kassy Scarcia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and include the subject line of ECON386 Progress Report #. The progress report
should be an attached word document. All reports must be one page in length (double
spaced, 12 point font) and include the student's name, date, progress report
number, hours worked, and a description of the student's responsibilities that
week(s) as well as what the student has learned. A sample progress report can be found here.
The frequency of the progress reports will be determined by
ECON Advising for each student at the beginning of the semester. This is
dependent on the number of weeks and hours per week a student is scheduled to
work. For a typical internship which spans the entire Fall or Spring semester,
progress reports would be due bi-weekly. The exact deadlines for these progress
reports will be on the syllabus.
Students must prepare a short, five page paper (double spaced,
12 point font) describing their learning experience and how it relates to their
economics degree. Student must also attach an updated resume that reflects
their completed internship. The resume (and cover page if included) do not count
towards the five pages required. This will be due at the end of the semester and
the exact deadline will be on the syllabus.
At the end of the semester, the student's supervisor must send a signed letter on company
letterhead stating that the student has successfully completed
the internship, completed the minimum of 135 hours, and indicating their
feedback on the student's performance. The exact
deadline will be on the syllabus. The
letter may be sent via email to Kassy Scarcia at email@example.com or faxed to (301)
405-3542. The letter must come directly from the supervisor.
Students must fill out an internship review
evaluating their internship. The exact deadline will be on the syllabus. The
review will be added anonymously to a binder of internship reviews for current
and future students looking for internships. A copy of the Internship Review Form can be found here.
- At the start of the semester, all students enrolled in ECON386 will recieve a detailed syllabus with exact due dates listed.
- Supervisors may be contacted throughout the semester to verify the student's schedule, duties, as well as to determine how well the intern is performing his/her work.
- In case of illness, students are responsible for notifying their supervisor in advance as well as noting in their progress report their missed work days.
Students should keep in mind when they are at
their internship they are in a professional working environment. This is
a great opportunity for students to network, gain work experience, develop
themselves on a personal level, and earn recommendations for future
jobs/graduate school. Students are expected to act in a professional
manner. While at an internship, students are not just representing
themselves, but they are representing the University of Maryland, College Park
and the Department of Economics.
you have any questions about your eligibility for earning academic credit via
an internship, contact the Economics Department Advisors.