The Economics Department offers an academic internship program for all economics majors and minors with a minimum GPA of 3.0, with the goal of securing internships for more than half of all economics students before they graduate.
Philadelphia Economics Internship Program
The Philadelphia Economics Internship (ECN 491) at Saint Joseph's University is a course that allows economics majors to work as unpaid or paid interns with local employers while earning academic credit. The program is available in the fall, spring and summer semesters.
The program is a three-way partnership between a student intern, an employer and a faculty mentor. The economics department works with dozens of employers who are committed to offering internships to students. In addition, students may find their own internships, which must be approved first by the internship director prior to the start of the semester. Students can find a wide range of opportunities through Handshake, LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Idealist.org and many other job or internship search sites. Additionally, when alumni and other employers notify our department of other positions, the internship director sends out emails to economics majors and minors.
How Long Is the Internship Program?
The internship runs for 13 weeks, with student interns working 10 hours per week. Faculty mentors work closely with student interns and employers before, during and after the 13-week internship. As a result of this partnership, both students and employers maximize the benefit they derive from the experience.
How Do I Get Academic Credit for My Internship?
Students who register for ECN 491 get upper-division credit toward their major or minor. If their position is sufficiently analytic, they may receive credit for a math, data sciences or decision and system sciences elective. If their position is sufficiently policy-related, they may receive credit for a public policy elective.
If you're interested in learning more about this academic internship program, please contact us.
How to Have a Successful Internship
- Students must meet with their faculty mentor as soon as an agreement is reached with an employer. The student is required to research the employer's position in the industry and in the local Philadelphia economy.
- The faculty mentor will work with the employer/internship provider to develop useful background topics for the student to pursue.
- While working 10 hours per week, students are responsible for keeping a daily work journal. They must also read an academic book related to their work, write a book review and submit a paper on the integration of their internship experience with their academics at the end of their internship.
- The faculty mentor will foster a meeting between old interns to share their experiences and advise potential interns.
- The faculty mentor will contact the internship provider for an evaluation that will lead to improved future internship placements and experiences.
Our economics students have participated in a wide range of positions during their time at Saint Joseph's University. Internships gave them the opportunity to learn more about numerous fields such as financial services, health economics, environmental policy, economic development, labor economics and more.
Students have previously interned at the following companies and government agencies:
- AXA Advisors
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Center for Public Health Research
- Commerzbank North America
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
- Haverford Quality Investments
- IMA Consulting
- ING Financial PartnersJP Morgan Chase
- McAdams Financial
- Morgan Stanley
- Northeast Professional Planning Group
- NY Life
- Pepperidge Farm
- Randano Law Office
- RBC Wealth Management
- Sears Holding Corp
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Labor
- Windsor Financial Group
- Zeigler’s Beverage