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Course Credit for Internship Work (ECON 495)

If you are an Economics major who has secured an internship and wish to earn course credit for it, you may be permitted to enroll in the Field Studies Practicum course (ECON 495) offered by the Department of Economics. This course may fulfill up to three (3) units of your major’s 300-level elective course requirement; two additional 400-level elective courses are still required. Note that you may earn up to six units in ECON 495 for internship work, but only three units will count toward satisfying your elective course requirement.

Required Forms

Enrollment Instructions

  • 1. Carefully read and complete the Enrollment Application.
  • 2. Download, complete, and sign the CSU Release of Liability Waiver.
  • 3. Complete the Employer Responsibilities form with your internship employer.
  • 4. If your internship course eligibility requirements are satisfied, submit the completed and signed Enrollment Application, CSU Release of Liability Waiver, and Employer Responsibilities forms to the Economics Department Office (SPA 361A) at least one week before the term begins.
  • 5. Wait for further communication from the department. If your enrollment is approved, you will receive instructions from the department on how to register for the course through MyCSULB.

Course Requirements

After enrolling in the course, you will receive a Student Learning Contract from your instructor for you to complete in a timely manner.  That contract will require you to identify at least three Learning Objectives with your employer.  It will also outline the course’s regular assignments including:

    • Attendance of College of Liberal Arts Internship Workshops (typically held on select Fridays throughout the term)
    • Weekly Progress Reports
    • Weekly Log of Work Hours
    • Term Report

You will also receive a Supervisor’s Evaluation of Internship Performance form to be completed by your employer at the end of the term.  Note that both the Student Learning Contract and Supervisor’s Evaluation of Internship Performance are available in the required forms above if you wish to get a head start on them.

Finding an Internship Position

Students are responsible for securing their own internship positions, but you may refer to our list of prior internship success companies who often seek economics students as interns:

Prior Internship Successes

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for regular communications from the department about internship opportunities.