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.

Students 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 meet certain eligibility requirements (see ‘Internship Eligibility Requirements’ below) in order to be considered for ECON386. Students must submit an application in advance of the term you plan to complete ECON386 (see ‘ECON386 Application’ below for full details). You cannot earn credit after your internship is already completed – If your internship takes place during the summer, you must register and pay for ECON386 during the summer term.

If approved, students will register for three (3) credits of 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). Per university policy, Satisfactory (S) grades are not included in GPA; however, a Failing (F) grade will be. ECON386 may not be repeated.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be an economics major.
  • Student must have at least 60 cumulative credits completed.
  • Student must have a minimum UMD cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Internship Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic credit will only be granted for para- or pre-professional work. 
  • Clerical, basic administrative office work, or internships requiring cold calling do not qualify.
  • The internship must be related to a student's study of Economics in some regard.
  • The internship must be completed on site at a well-established organization under the direct supervision of an experienced professional. Remote internships are not eligible. **NOTE: for Spring 2020 AND Summer 2020 remote internships will be accepted. Indicate on your application if your internship will be remote or in-person. We encourage you and your supervisor to read through best practices for remote internships**
  • The internship cannot be at a company owned by a relative, with a relative, or with anyone who reports to a relative.
  • Student must work a minimum of 135 hours during the term they are registered for ECON386 and the internship must span the full length of the term.
  • Credit for ECON386 will only be given in the term during which the internship is conducted.
  • Students may not use the same internship towards more than one internship/practicum course. If you are accepted for an internship course that is not listed on the approved course list please speak with an ECON Advisor.
  • Students may not earn academic credit for the same internship beyond one semester. 

Note: If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of a particular internship for academic credits, please meet with ECON Advising prior to accepting the position. 

Internship Guidance During COVID-19

Remote internships are now acceptable for ECON386 for Summer 2020. Though not advised, should a student continue in-person at the internship site, they must adhere to state and local COVID-19 directives plus CDC guidelines. Also, should such a student elect to continue in-person at the internship, the student does so at their own risk. The University has the ability to accept remote internship options in lieu of an in-person internship. Therefore, given the circumstances, if a student rejects the remote internship alternative, the student has assumed full responsibility for their well being. If, after the start of the summer term, the student cannot or is not comfortable continuing in-person (presuming the internship site is open), they should immediately speak with the amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu (internship coordinator) to discuss alternative methods for continuing to earn credit, even if they are not able to continue their internship in-person. 

The Economics Department has several contingency plans in place for students should the status of their internship change either after their ECON386 application has been accepted or once the ECON386 course they are registered for has started. Students are responsible for communicating any changes in their internship status (start/end dates, change in hours, change in supervisor, change to in-person/remote, safety concerns, etc.) to the amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu (internship coordinator) in a timely matter so the Department can work with you to determine the most appropriate accommodations. 

ECON386 Application

In order to be considered 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 form. Completed applications can be emailed to amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu.

The ECON386 Coordinator, along with 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, ECON Advising 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 current term. 

  • For Summer 1, students should complete at least 135 hours at their internship between June 1st and July 10thAND their internship must span the full 6 weeks of Summer 1.
  • For Summer 2, students should complete at least 135 hours at their internship between July 13th and August 21stAND their internship must span the full 6 weeks of Summer 2.
  • There may be some flexibility with start and end dates, assuming the student will still meet 135 hours within a 6 week period over Summer 2020. Student are encouraged to contact Alice Szczepaniak at amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu to discuss the time frame of their internship.

The application deadline is Friday, May 22nd. Applications for Summer 2 will be accepted until July 6th, however, all students are encouraged to submit their applications by May 22nd so the ECON386 coordinator may work with them to ensure they register for the most appropriate summer term. Please contact Alice Szczepaniak at amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu if you have any questions.

ECON386 Assignments

In addition to completing at least 135 in-person internship hours, credit for ECON386 is earned through the successful completion of several assignments. Aside from an orientation session at the beginning of the term, there are no in-person meetings for ECON386. All assignments are expected to be submitted via ELMS. ECON386 assignments showcase your ability to reflect on your work experience and include:

  • Progress reports
  • Final reflection paper
  • Letter from the supervisor
  • Internship review

Failure to complete any of these assignments will result in a grade of "F." For more detailed information on these assignments, email Alice Szczepaniak at amszczep [at] umd [dot] edu.

Additionally, students will be expected to attend a brief in-person orientation at the beginning of the term. For Summer 2020, this orientation session will be online. Full details will be sent to students accepted into ECON386 in advance.

Additional Information:

  • At the start of the term, all students enrolled in ECON386 will receive a detailed syllabus including the exact due dates of all assignments.
  • Supervisors may be contacted throughout the term to verify the student's schedule, duties, and 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.

Professional Responsibilities

Students should keep in mind that 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.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for earning academic credit via an internship, contact ECON Advising.