Internships and Careers

Internships

Internships provide powerful learning laboratories where majors can apply their economics or business knowledge and explore career possibilities. 

Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.

Summer opportunities generally require planning well in advance. The fall semester is not too early to begin exploring summer options:

Helpful Advisors

  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources. The CDC also introduces you to internship search strategies, walks you through the Lynk-UAF application process, and connects you to internship databases and MHC curated internships at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and Weissmann Center for Leadership.
  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

Careers

The economics major prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including business, non-profit, graduate study, and the public sector.

Through our rigorous academic program and immersive learning experiences, Economics majors graduate with skills to pursue careers in a wide range of fields. Other great resources include WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com, the American Economics Association careers page, or the University of Wisconsin Madison career options.

The Occupational Outlook for Economists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide additional insights into the job forecast and work environment of those in this field. The Hamilton Project Career Earnings by College Major can provide a salary baseline for Economics majors.

Finally, take a look at Buzzfile for in-depth career research into organizations hiring Economics majors and Vault Career Insider.

Resources

  • Institute for International Economics: A non-profit organization devoted to research in international economics. Holds regular meetings and seminars, and publishes regularly.
  • National Association for Business Economics
    This professional association provides career information, an economist “search,” regular meetings and publications.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research: The nation’s leading non-profit economics research organization. Occasionally offers fellowships.
  • Center for Economic and Policy Research: Conducts research and provides public education in economics, posts internship/job listings.
  • US Department of Commerce: A great site for career listings, government jobs, internships, and grants.
  • American Economic Association: A source for job listings, internet resource links, and conferences.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.

Examples of internships and jobs

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • Boston Biomedical Consultants, Inc.
  • Fidelity Investments
  • NERA Economic Consulting
  • Cambridge Associates, LLC
  • The World Bank (Water & Sanitation Prog.)
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • World Trade Organization
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Barclay’s Capital
  • Travelzoo, Inc.
  • Analysis Group
  • Hartford Insurance Group
  • Boston Equine Associates

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Portfolio Administrator
  • Analyst
  • Broker’s Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Legal Assistant/Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Web Analyst
  • Program Coordinator/Director
  • Contract Analyst
  • Associate Account Executive
  • Development Associate/Specialist
  • Bank Manager

Graduate School and Felllowships

Many Mount Holyoke students elect to continue their studies after earning their undergraduate degree. There are many graduate and Ph.D. programs available to Economics majors who choose this route.

The Career Development Center (CDC) is a great resource for information on researching, applying to, and preparing for grad school. The program rankings for each school may be an important factor in considering which programs to apply to.

For specific advice on graduate study in Economics, the American Economics AssociationUniversity of California San Diego, and Sita Nataraj Slavov from George Mason University all have excellent tips how to apply to top graduate and Ph.D. programs.

A Guide and Advice for Economists on the U.S. Junior Academic Job Market is a handy resource for those considering a future career in academia. It outlines the academic job market and provides advice to new Ph.D. economists on how to conduct an academic job search.

Applications forms are available in the Economics Department and all materials should be submitted to Dawn Larder, Senior Administrative Assistant, Economics Department, MHC.

Graduate Fellowships

Virginia Galbraith Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: Late March

Funds from the estate of the late Professor Virginia Galbraith provide up to three annual awards to encourage graduate study in Economics. The recipient of the Virginia Galbraith Graduate Fellowship will receive up to $3,000 to help support study towards a graduate degree in Economics or in a field with a substantial component of Economics at any accredited university. Other things equal, doctoral candidates will receive preference over others. Merit rather than need will be the principal criterion for selection.

The application must include three copies of the application form from the candidate and two separate letters of recommendation

Robert Robertson Fellowship

Deadline: Late March

The Robert Robertson Fellowship for the Study of Health Care will provide financial support for a Mount Holyoke alumna pursuing graduate studies in either Economics, Public Health, or Public Policy programs.

The graduate program should have both an economic and health component. Other things equal, doctoral candidates will receive preference over others. Merit rather than need will be the principal criterion for selection.

The application must include the application form, a statement of interest, and two letters of recommendation.