Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Internships Increase Student Data Skills, Partnerships across Colorado

This summer, the CSU Department of Economics was thrilled to launch a new program to increase funded research opportunities and data skill development for undergraduate students through paid research internships, matching motivated students who have learned baseline data and econometrics skills with faculty mentors to develop those skills through hands-on experience.

Undergraduate Research Internships

Each semester, the economics department seeks responsible and motivated economics students with strong data and communication skills to work as research interns. If you apply and are selected, you will be matched with a department faculty mentor, and in some cases an outside agency, to assist with a funded research project. Specific responsibilities depend upon the internship, though the department will consider applicant preference when matching successful candidates to internship projects.

These research internship positions pay $15/hour for approximately 10 hours of work per week, up to $2,500 per internship. Internships are available on a semester basis (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Requirements to Apply for a Research Internship

  • Student must have declared a major or minor in economics.
  • Student must have completed
    • both ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics AND ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics (both with a C or higher) prior to the start of the internship.
    • either ECON 235 Working with Data OR ECON 335 Introduction to Econometrics prior to the start of the internship.

Apply for an Internship

Descriptions of the Summer 2024 internships can be found here.

Students must apply on Handshake by Sunday, May 5th 2024. Applicants must also fill out the supplemental form found here.

Internships for Academic Credit

  • Students in the Undergraduate Research Internship program or an outside internship may be able to earn academic credit. For the internship to count toward your degree, you will have to meet the following requirements:
    • Ensure applicable CSU tuition and fees are paid for the internship course ECON 487.
    • Complete the ECON 487 Internship Agreement Form before starting any work that will count towards the internship credit.
    • Submit a Student Liability Form.

    Please note: ECON 487 can count toward your free elective credits, but does not count toward the required 33 ECON credits for the major or the 21 ECON credits for the minor.

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How do I find an internship?

  • Internships exclusive to economics students are announced on this page in the Open Positions section above.
  • Internships available to any CSU student are posted on Handshake, CSU’s online job and internship portal.
  • Attend CSU Career Fairs and relevant networking events.
  • Network with CSU alumni, fellow majors, professors, and mentors about potential connections.
  • Use the CSU Career Center's list of websites to find jobs and internships.