Internships and Assistantships
Professional Practice / Internships
Students majoring or minoring in Economics have the option of earning academic credit for an approved internship experience. Academic credit is earned at the rate of one credit hour for each 50 hours worked. Note that ECO 398 does not count toward either the Economics major or minor.
The requirements for applying for internship credit through "ECO 398 Professional Practice: Internship in Economic Research" can be found here:
To receive permission to enroll in ECO 398, a student must first submit a completed application form to the Economics office and receive the approval of the Department’s Professional Practice Coordinator. To receive ECO 398 academic credit, the application and approval process must be completed before the internship begins. Successful applicants will complete an internship or professional practice experience that requires the use of decision-making and critical-thinking skills.
Both files are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free at the following address: Adobe Homepage
Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships
The Economics department offers up to two undergraduate teaching assistantships (UTAs) each academic year. Successful applicants are selected on a competitive basis. UTAs are assigned to a faculty member in the Department. The position involves 10 hours of work per week and pays $13 per hour. In addition, UTAs can register for 3 hours of credit for ECO 291. To be eligible, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have taken at least 2 ECO classes.
Applications are accepted in March/April of each year. Current economics majors will receive an email (via the Economics majors list-serve) when the application period begins. An application consists of:
- Online application through Human Resources
- A typed essay about your qualifications and how a UTA position would contribute to your academic and career goals.
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member supporting your application.
Submit a hard copy to the Department office, STV 425, or email clcaldw@IllinoisState.edu.