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ECON 490 - Economics Internships Application

ECON 490 - Economics Internship Application



Students who are Economic majors can participate in the ECON 490 Practicum in Economics internship program. The internship is a one-time opportunity to enhance your educational experience by allowing you to apply classroom knowledge in a professional environment. Internships offer numerous benefits. You will be able to explore specific careers while developing new skills and enhancing current strengths. Gaining this career related experience increases your marketability to potential employers.

Internships require a semester work of 10-20 hours per week, 150+ hours total, of on-site experience to earn three credit hours toward graduation.   Economics Internships Credit Opportunities are approved through the department chair.

Employer Benefits

Internships benefit the host company in many ways. Companies who utilize WKU Interns receive highly motivated and talented students who serve as assistants or junior staff members. These student interns are bright, responsible and eager to work. Student interns can bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the workplace. Their responsibilities differ from site to site depending on the company's needs. Student Interns can assist in daily operations of a company or in the implementation of a special program or project. Supervising an Intern also allows a company to observe a potential employee. Employer understands that WKU does not assume liability for any injury or damage sustained or caused by the student.


  1. Junior Standing and completion of at least 12 hours of upper division economics courses.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Academic load for the term of the internship must not exceed 18 hours including the 3-hour internship.


To be fully considered for an internship, you must submit a proposal fully describing what you propose to do for your Practicum in Economics that is deserving of college credit. The proposal must be approved before you can be enrolled in the ECON 490 Internship class.


Your internship work is evaluated on a normal grade scale basis. You must submit a 5-6 page reflection paper detailing what you learned from the experience and how it applies dirctly to your major at the end of the semester along with the submission of the Site Supervior’s Evaluation form. Please also attach an updated resume, that includes your internship/work experience.  The Department Chair will then arrange a date for you to present to the Economics Department Review Committee, detailing highlights of your experience.  You will not receive a grade in the ECON 490 class until all required paperwork and presentation are completed.


Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Office for Student Disability Services, Room 445, Potter Hall. The OFSDS telephone number is (270) 745-5004 v/tty. Per University policy, please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from the Office for Student Disability Services.

Employer Internship Terms of Agreement

Internships are an educational opportunity. An internship consists of services for experience between a student and an employer. Internships help students to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, help them create a network of contacts and in some cases achieve course credit. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the organizations for which they worked upon completion of the internship.

Interns may or may not be receiving hours of upper-level academic credit from the Gordon Ford College of Business for completing their internship with a participating business. No matter the circumstance, GFCB appreciates the opportunity for students to receive legitimate, real-world experience that is directly related to the student’s major. Routine filing, copying and answering phones are important parts of jobs; however these duties and responsibilities should not represent more than approximately 25% of the interns’ activities. If an intern is receiving course credit, please abide by the number of hours they must work in order to receive their credit.

By submitting the application for Internship Credit, the student confirms that the employer is aware of the Employer Internship Terms of Agreement.

Click here to see how you can apply for internship credit


The Gordon Ford College of Business is a top business school with dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting programs.



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 Last Modified 1/13/20