The University of Maryland is ideally situated between Washington D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, which means that ECON Terps have access to world-class opportunities with government agencies, economic research organizations, and financial institutions. Economics majors intern and work in many different areas including policy, research, finance, development, consulting, and more.
Whereas much of the learning within economics classes is focused on theoretical models and analytical thinking skills, experiences outside of the classroom provide opportunities to apply economic concepts to “real world” issues and to expand students’ knowledge and understanding. The Economics Department encourages our majors to pursue internship opportunities to enhance their job marketability and economic skillset.
Economics majors have several campus resources available to them to help with internship and job searching.
- University Career Center offers numerous resources for students and alumni to help with exploring careers, preparing for interviews, finding an internship or job, and gaining relevant experience. Students can also attend workshops or schedule an appointment to get assistance with creating resumes and cover letters. Explore their site to find out more information.
- Careers4Terps is UMD’s online search tool for jobs and internships that have been specifically posted by employers looking for UM students and alumni. There is also a job board created specifically for economics related jobs and internships that students can use for quicker searching.
- Focus2 is the University Career Center & The President’s Promise’s online career and education planning system that allows UMD students to identify career goals; take personality, leisure, skills, and work self-assessments; and explore possible career options. Focus2 analyzes students’ assessment answers to provide career options for students to start exploring. It also provides a database of occupation titles that includes a brief overview of each occupation. Access your free FOCUS2 account by logging into Careers4Terps. Once logged in, locate the FOCUS2 icon and click on it to create an account (access code: goterps).
- The Economics Undergraduate Blog is a useful resource for internship and job postings directly geared towards economics student. The department will post any listings they receive from the economics community directly to this blog. Students can search the posts by topic such as internships, jobs, research opportunities, and more.
- The BSOS Career Page provides customized internship and career resources specifically for BSOS students. Students can schedule an individual career advising appointment with the University Career Center @ BSOS by clicking here. These appointments can help with internship and career searching, as well as, resume and cover letter help.
- Terrapins Connect gives students the opportunity to connect with alumni that have signed up to share their career journey. Alumni are represented from all different fields and backgrounds. Students can search for alumni based on career title, company, major, and more. This network allows students to reach out for resume help, informational interviewing, or career advice from people who have had similar experiences. This is a useful tool to learn about different areas of a particular field and enhance one’s network.
Economics Major Career Action Plan
Click Here for a detailed guide that includes all of the above-mentioned resources and more to help you with your career and internship search! Jump-start the career planning process with some easy-to-accomplish steps. This printable document provides suggestions for:
- someone just getting started in exploring the wide range of career possibilities open to economics majors
- someone who wants to learn about different employers and the positions they offer
- someone who wants to gain relevant experience before graduation
- someone who wants to apply to grad school or line up a full time position starting after graduation.
Look for the section that best applies to you, read the brief descriptions of different activities, and click on hyperlinks to get more detailed information.