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We encourage students to get involved within the Department of Economics and throughout campus to have a greater experience, expand relationships and networks, build skills, making you more prepared post-graduation. College is a great time to explore your interests as there are organizations, clubs, groups, societies, and a large number of opportunities available. We have listed some good opportunities both within the Department and on campus, and we are always happy to discuss options during advising appointments! Experience Economics @ Illinois!
Please see the Econ Ambassadors page for more information.
The mission of Econ Ambassadors is to represent the Department of Economics in various capacities and act as a student advisory committee for the Undergraduate Studies Office. Econ Ambassadors are selected from declared Economics Undergraduate Majors in their junior or senior year, based on strong academics, demonstrated leadership and involvement, and commitment to the Department, College, and University both while in school and as alumni.
The purpose of UIUC Economics club is to share economics-related information and help you to understand what economics is. Unemployment rate rising, gas price reaching almost $4 per gallon, cost of living reaching above the limit, there are so many reasons why you need to understand economics and be prepared for the future.
No matter what you are majoring in, understanding economics has become very important. We strongly suggest you to join UIUC economics club to increase your knowledge in economics. Regardless of your major, you are always welcome to join us. For more information, including how you may join the Econ Club, view the webpage (http://go.illinois.edu/EconClub), send an email (email@example.com), or visit their Econ Club Facebook.
Illini Women in Economics
Initiative to encourage more participation in economics and relevant support, resources, and opportunities. Visit: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/women/
Illinois in Washington
Live, learn and intern in DC with Illinois in Washington
Come learn more about this academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates. Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester or summer, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes. Visit www.washington.illinois.edu and Illinois in Washington Facebook
Research & Independent Study
See Our Research Page for More Information
Students may work with a faculty member within the Department of Economics and earn credit for an Independent Study. Most of the formal research opportunities are for graduate students in the Department, but there are many undergraduate students who secure research opportunities through our faculty or other areas on campus. Please read through the information on the 'Reseach' page to find out more about the process.
Margolis Market Information Lab (MIL)
Launched in 2009 by a landmark gift from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, the Market Information Lab has become one of the most highly utilized university finance labs in the United States. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic sources of financial and business data and software products used globally by industry firms.
During the fall and spring semesters the MIL staff teaches over 200 instructional workshops to provide students with hands-on practice with these software applications. We believe that exposure to these tools at an early stage will help prepare Illinois students to become future leaders within the finance industry.
Our mission is to be a leader in educating the next generation of managers in better understanding financial research and risk management tools, and to provide a cutting-edge learning environment where students from the University of Illinois will be known for being best equipped to enter the vast world of finance.
Open to all Students: https://business.illinois.edu/mil/
We highly recommend students participate in a study abroad program. Not only is it a wonderful experience, a time to explore a different country and culture, as well as a good addition to your college life, but you also earn Illinois credit through most programs.
The Economics Undergraduate Office works closely with study abroad to develop programs in different countries and promote opportunities to our students.
Please work with your advisor to decide the best semester to study abroad. In most cases, we encourage you to seek out any program for which you are interested, even if they do not offer any major courses. Most students may take a semester off of their major coursework to explore a minor, general electives, or interest areas.
Please visit our Econ Study Abroad Website and the campus Study Abroad Website and office to learn more about the programs. Study Abroad Scholarships Available!
The Illinois Leadership Center provides students with opportunities to develop, or enhance, essential leadership skills. Their programs and services provide leadership training through both academic coursework and experiential programming. They help provide the ‘experience you need for life’ to be successful in your community, organizations, and relationships. For more information, visit the website at: http://leadership.illinois.edu/
Research Park at the University of Illinois
Research Park provides an environment where technology-based businesses can work with faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research and easy access to University labs, equipment, and services. Over 90 companies have space in Research Park, many of them are global leaders in their fields (ADM, Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, AB InBev, Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Grainger, State Farm, Yahoo, and many more.
There are many opportunities for Economics Students to work at Research Park part-time, full-time, or completing an internship. Below are some positions that have been posted recently; to see the current opportunities, please view their Job Board.
Full-Time: Data Analytics and Finance/Economics (Anheuser-Busch Inbev Bud Analytics Lab); Data Analytics and Project Management and Sales and Business Professional (Turn, Inc. ); Research (Illinois Applied Research Institute)
Part-Time: Data Analyst and IT Analyst and IT Research (John Deere Techonology Innovation Center); Data Analytics (Dow Chemical)
Internships: Administrative Support Services (Akuna Capital); Data Analytics (Enterpriseworks and Research Park Staff); Data Analytics (John Deere Technology Innovation Center).
Research Park Career Fair: April 8th, 2015 4:30-7:00pm in the John Deer Building
GLOBE: Global Leaders Orange & Blue Engagement
GLOBE (Global Leaders: Orange and Blue Engagement) is the program that connects international and domestic students and enhance the student experience of Illinois. Orange students (New international students) will be teamed up with Blue students (Experienced domestic and international students) based on their academic, social, and cultural interests. The groups will meet weekly for their own planned activities such as coffee hour, cooking together, watching sports, attending concerts. . .etc. All groups will also be invited to monthly cultural events organized by GLOBE coordinators. Through various forms of activities, we work to provide our students a platform where they could build international connection, develop leadership skills, global awareness and cultural competency. Read More on the GLOBE Facebook Page.
Office of Volunteer Programs
The Office of Volunteer Programs, known as OVP, promotes community service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the local community. OVP takes students' interests into account and pairs them accordingly with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement. Year after year, University students volunteer thousands of dedicated hours in the Champaign-Urbana community. Visit their website: http://iss.illinois.edu/about.asp
Illinois Connection: Advocacy Network for the University of Illinois
Illinois Connection is the grassroots, advocacy network for the University of Illinois. Through this initiative alumni, students, faculty and friends serve as advocates for the University to ensure support from the state and federal government. By joining Illinois Connection, you will become part of a growing network of nearly 14,000 loyal alumni, students, donors and friends.
As a vital part of this initiative, you decide your own level of involvement. You can choose to:
* Share your "UI experience" with your personal and professional network
* Write your legislators an email during key decision making times
* Send a letter-to-the-editor in support of the University
* Meet with your elected official
Help them advocate for state and federal funding, student financial aid, and research -- which will help ensure a bright, successful future for the University of Illinois.
Visit their website: www.illinoisconnection.org
Illinois Connection Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICAdvocates
LAS Honors: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/honors/
Econ Honor Society Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE): http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/ode/
Econ Graduation with Distinction: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/distinction/
Awards and Scholarships
Economics Awards & Scholarships: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/awards/