Internships & Co-ops

Economics, through the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL), offers both cooperative education and internship opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge in their areas of study and improve their employment prospects upon graduation.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Cooperative Education is a nationally-recognized educational program that combines paid employment with on-campus studies, focusing around the co-op seminar. The work experience is related to the student's academic concentration or career goals. Please reference the College's Web page for the CASL Co-op.

Both part-time and full-time positions are available. Co-op students have the added benefit of earning money to help meet college expenses. The average wage of CASL co-op students in 1994 was $8.21/hour. Other benefits of co-op to the student are: gaining practical, on-the-job experience; developing confidence, responsibility, and maturity; learning work-life and human relations skills; gaining career focus and professional contacts; testing applications of academic theory.

Co-op students earn 1-3 credits toward graduation per semester on a co-op assignment, and work at least two semesters. Up to 10 credit hours (including the co-op seminar) may be applied toward graduation credit. Information regarding the CASL Co-op Program may be obtained by contacting Patricia Martin at (313) 593-5188.

Economics Internships

CASL offers non-paying, off-campus educational opportunities for academic credit in a number of disciplines. The Economics Internship, which appears in the course schedule as ECON 398, offers students field experiences with businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The placement allows students to get hands-on experience applying the tools of economic analysis to specific job and project assignments. Student interns spend either 8 or 16 hours per week in unpaid work at their placement site, for which they earn either 3 or 6 academic credits. Only three credit hours may be used to satisfy the concentration requirements in economics. All interns are assigned to an economics faculty advisor.

For an economics internship application form click here

Economics Internship structure

Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and initiated by the Economics Faculty in 1978.

Enrollment: limited to Economics Majors, Seniors and Juniors, by application and selection. Students must have completed two of Econ 301, Econ 302, and Econ 305; Econ 305 (statistics) is especially recommended. Applications are made through the Economics Internship Coordinator at (313-593-5096).

Time commitment and academic credit: Economics 398 involves 8-16 hours of unpaid work per week for the academic term, and regular reporting sessions with Economics faculty on campus, for 3-6 hours of S/E academic credit.

Intern placements occur on a trimester academic calendar:

Fall: September-December

Winter: January-April

Spring/Summer: May-August

Program Goals for the Student-Interns:

. . . to participate in, and contribute to, an ongoing enterprise in order to relate economic theory to practice.
. . . to observe, analyze, and report-on-the-job experiences so as to gain insights into working cooperatively to accomplish institutional objectives.
. . . to improve abilities to formulate meaningful questions and to pose possible solutions in order to improve problem-solving techniques.
. . . to define career opportunities and goals.

Sample List of Recent Placement Sites: Economics Internship Program

  • General Motors Corporation - Department of Worldwide Economic and Market Analysis
  • Little Caesar's Enterprises, Inc.
  • Corporate Communications Department
  • Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Detroit)
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Detroit Edison - Department of Strategic Planning
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Prudential-Bache
  • Oakland County Economic Development Division
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration
  • AAA Michigan - Marketing and Research Department

 For further information,

Call Dr. Nancy Kursman, the Economics Internship Faculty Coordinator at (313)-593-5164, or contact the Social Science Department Office at (313)-593-5096.