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We highly recommend that students complete an internship during their undergraduate degree. Internships add to your experience and help connect what you are learning in class to a future career. It also provides a valuable opportunity to understand what is expected within a professional environment and insight on what you would like to do post-graduation as there are many different trajectories with an economics degree.
Students should begin preparing to apply for internships early in their academic career through Information Sessions, Career Fairs, Compus Involvement, Workshops, Career Advising, and the other numerous activities offered on- and off-campus. Both The Career Center and the Econ Career Center provide many different opportunities to prepare for internships, and meet individually with students on their needs.
Internship Course (ECON 199: Internships in Economics)
Students interested in taking a course to accompany their internship may enroll in ECON 199 as long as the internship is related to economics and will help support future career pursuits. Please view the Internship Course Website: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/InternshipCourse
Curricular Practical Training (CPT for International Students):
International students with certain visas must apply for a CPT for all paid or unpaid internships in the U.S. and be enrolled in an internship course (such as ECON 199: Internships in Economics). During the summer you may register for 0 or 3 credit hours. You must successfully register and pass the course, otherwise you will have issues with your visa status.
CPT should be sent to Katie Kennealy once you have submitted your other Application Materials for the Internship Course: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/InternshipCourse
Please see the ISSS website for information and meet with someone in the ISSS office if you are considering CPT: http://www.isss.illinois.edu/students/employment/f1cpt.html