M.A. Economics Internship Registration

ECO 180D/380D Internship Course Registration

M.A. Economics students who obtain a (paid or unpaid) Economics-relevant internship may be approved to register for the ECO 180D/380D internship elective course. Only one ECO 380D internship course may be applied towards the M.A. Economics degree (students may not repeat the internship course for credit towards completion of the degree).

Internships may be full-time or part-time. To receive three credit hours under ECO 380D, fall and spring semester internships must consist of a minimum of 10 hours of work weekly for a minimum of 12 weeks; most students work an average of 15 hours weekly in fall and spring semesters. Summer internships must consist of a minimum of 14 hours of work weekly for a minimum of 9 weeks; most students work an average of 20-40 hours weekly in the summer. Shorter internships may be eligible for the 1-credit-hour course ECO 180D.

International students must review CPT (Curricular Practical Training) guidelines and requirements on the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website BEFORE initiating the process of obtaining an internship. The CPT program grants work eligibility to international students for paid, off-campus positions, but students must enroll in ECO 380D as part of the CPT process. (CPT is not required for on-campus positions.)

Follow the steps below to complete the internship approval and ECO 180D/380D internship course registration process:

  1. Students must first obtain an internship. The MA program frequently passes on job postings and can direct you to other opportunities, but we do not assign or “place” students in internships.
  2. Students who have obtained an internship may then complete an Internship Employer Agreement Form, obtaining the internship supervisor’s signature on the form.
  3. International students completing a PAID off-campus internship must also obtain CPT approval (via submission of a CPT form) from ISSS.
  4. Students then submit the completed Internship Agreement Form to Kristen Hotopp (khotopp@austin.utexas.eduprior to the start of the semester in which the student’s internship takes place.
  5. Once Dr. Houghton approves the ECO 380D internship course registration request, Kristen will register the student for the class during the next open registration window.

ECO 180D/380D internship course requirements include submission of the following deliverables to Dr. Houghton during the semester in which the student interns: (1) a weekly journal that briefly records the activities the student intern is working on; (2) a 2-page project summary at the end of the semester; (3) a 1-page internship summary about the structure of the internship itself, what the industry is like, what the work environment is like, etc.; and (4) an updated resume. At the end of the semester, students meet with Dr. Houghton to discuss the 2-page project summary and the work completed for the internship.

Prior M.A. Economics student internship placements

  • Accretive Wealth Management- Summer 2019
  • Alhambra U.S. Chamber- Spring 2017
  • Angelou Economics- Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Summer 2022, Summer 2023
  • Ankura Consulting- Summer 2022
  • Austin Technology Incubator-Fall 2022
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics- Fall 2022
  • Business Laboratory- Summer 2019
  • Caritas of Austin- Summer 2020, Spring 2021
  • Caruth Capital Partners, LLC- Summer 2020
  • The Cato Institute- Fall 2017
  • Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), UT Austin- Spring 2018, Fall 2018
  • The Cicero Institute- Fall 2022
  • CMR Capital Group- Summer 2024
  • Cohn Redneck LLP- Spring 2018
  • Consumer Marketing Group- Spring 2022
  • Culligan International Company- Summer 2022
  • Daikin Technologies North America – Summer 2023
  • Dell Medical School- Summer 2017, Fall 2017
  • Ecliptic Operations LLC- Summer 2022
  • EmployStats- Spring 2018
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston- Summer 2019
  • GM Financial- Summer 2020
  • Goldman Sachs – Summer 2023
  • Horizon Bank- Summer 2022
  • Human Development and Family Sciences Department, UT Austin- Fall 2018
  • Integra FEC- Spring 2022
  • Intelligent Analytics and Modeling- Summer 2022
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)- Summer 2021
  • It’s Time Texas- Fall 2017
  • John Brumley Texas Venture Labs, UT Austin- Spring 2019
  • Lenox Park Solutions LLC- Summer 2018
  • Mainstay Global- Fall 2019
  • McCombs School of Business Social Innovation Initiative- Spring 2020
  • Mundus Artis, Inc.- Summer 2022
  • National Life Group- Summer 2018
  • New York State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell- Fall 2020
  • Nixon Capital- Fall 2022
  • NXP Semiconductors- Spring 2017
  • Open Research Lab- Fall 2022
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)- Summer 2019
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers- Summer 2020
  • QIAGEN, Inc.- Summer 2019
  • RBAC, Inc.- Summer 2019, Summer 2020
  • Real International Realty- Fall 2019, Spring 2021
  • Salem Center for Policy, McCombs School of Business- Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023
  • Second Pillar Consulting- Fall 2018
  • Sinopec Chemical Commercial Holding (N. America) Inc.- Summer 2022
  • Sputnik ATX- Summer 2022, Fall 2022
  • Steel Branding- Fall 2019
  • Synaptic Group LLC- Fall 2017
  • Teacher Retirement System (TRS)- Fall 2021
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA)- Summer 2021
  • Texas General Land Office- Fall 2021
  • Texas Governor’s Office- Spring 2017
  • Texas Perspectives (TXP)- Fall 2018
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)- Spring 2016
  • U.S. Department of State, Virtual Student Foreign Service- Fall 2019
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe Center- Fall 2020