Studying economics prepares you for fulfilling roles in every industry—from government and finance to business and heath care. With so many avenues to explore, we encourage you to pursue several internships to help you determine your career goals and gain real-world experience.

Your peers have secured internships with top firms, including First Farmers Bank & Trust, SMS Finance, EUSA, Banker’s Life & Casualty, and Open Door Health Services. Many students gain employment with companies for which they interned, and all of our student interns gain lasting professional connections.
Your faculty internship coordinator, Tung Liu, will offer guidance, but it is your responsibility to line up an internship with an employer, who will make an offer directly to you. Please keep in mind that the internship coordinator is not the same as our faculty advisors, who guide you through major and course selection.

The Process

To participate in an internship that fulfills academic requirements, follow these steps:

  • Complete the required prerequisite courses.
  • Search for an internship several months before your ideal start date to give you enough time to find a position that meets your educational objectives and personality.
  • Ensure that the internship meets the required length: Opportunities during the spring and fall tend to be either part time (10-30 hours each week) or full time (40 hours each week), while summer internships are often full time. 
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  • Obtain an Internship Eligibility Form from your respective department, according to your area of study for your major or minor. 
  • Take the form to your faculty internship coordinator, who will review your plans, oversee the educational aspect of the internship, and assign your final grade.

Contact Coordinator

Graduate or MBA Student?

Graduate and MBA students can obtain information online or from the Miller College of Business Dean's Office.

You are eligible for ECON 369: Internship in Economics if you:

  • are a second-semester junior or senior
  • are an economics major or minor in economics
  • have successfully completed Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 301 or 302)
  • obtain permission from the department chairperson

Our students bring fresh perspective, technological savvy, and energy to your operation. Many companies employ interns for specific projects (analysis, research, marketing, operational, etc.), and it’s a great way to identify candidates for future full-time positions. 
Unpaid internships are acceptable, but we suggest you offer students a fair salary during the internship period. Tung Liu, our faculty internship coordinator, is happy to discuss compensation options with you. If you’re offering an unpaid internship, please make every effort to offer a high-quality experience.
We will work with you and the intern to agree on the duration of the internship to determine the amount of academic credit. When possible, internship length will conform to a Ball State semester.
The length of any internship varies based on your needs, but internships typically take place during the summer, spring, and fall semesters. Opportunities during the spring and fall tend to be either part time (10-30 hours each week) or full time (40 hours each week), while summer internships are often full time.

If you establish an internship with us, you will:

  • Provide the intern with carefully planned, varied assignments that enhance the educational experience.
  • Prepare a written job description (also referred to as a learning agreement).
  • Supervise the intern's work in a manner that gives value to the learning experience.
  • Explain work rules and standards of conduct to the intern.
  • Evaluate the intern's work and discuss the results with him or her.
  • Furnish reports, in a timely manner, that evaluate the intern’s ability, attitude, and performance and offer suggestions to improve the internship.

Interested in Creating and Internship?

Internship coordinator Tung Liu looks forward to reviewing the options with you.

Faculty mentor Tung Liu is your internship coordinator.

His role is to approve students who qualify and counsel them on standards of professionalism, ethics, conduct, and appearance. He will be the channel of communication between you and your employer, when necessary; provide evaluation feedback on reports; and assign final grades.

Please note the faculty supervisor is not the same as faculty advisors, who guide students through major and course selection.