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EC 381-383. Economics Internship.

EC381-383 Internship
Department of Economics and Finance
COURSE SYLLABUS, EC381-383, Economics Internship

Revised in October 1989

EC381, 1 Hr.

EC382, 2 Hr.

EC383, 3 Hr.

I. Catalog Description and Credit Hours of Course

Internship with a public agency or private business firm with approval of the Chair, Economics Department. The field work will provide first hand experience in the operations of organizations, institutions and firms. (1, 2, 3)

II. Prerequisite(s)

Students must have completed 75 hours of college credit with fifteen hours in Economics including EC215 and EC225 and a GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in Economics courses. Recommendation by the Department Chairperson or designee.

III. Purposes or Objectives of the Course

A. To provide an opportunity for professional work experiences closely related to the formal education of the student participant

B. To expose the students to the practical, day-to-day operations that govern institutions and firms

C. To give students the chance to observe and work with recognized professionals in the field

D. To provide students with a "marketable" skill when they seek employment or admission to graduate or professional programs

IV. Expectations of Students

A. The student is expected to fully participate in the field work as established by the course objectives. A specific list of requirements will be provided for each student.

B. The student is required to attend all scheduled meetings, complete all assignments and the scheduled activities agreed upon by the course instructor and the field supervisor.

C. The student will be expected to keep a journal detailing his or her activities. The objective of this journal is to:

1. Provide a method of organizing and reflecting upon their work experience, intellectual and behavioral activities

2. Establish a basis of communication between the student and faculty supervisor

3. Provide a means of evaluation of the student's progress

D. Outside readings: Each student may required to supplement his or her internship with agreed upon academic, scholarly readings

E. The student will provide a course paper integrating the outside readings with the practical experience.

F. Each student is expected to provide his or her own transportation.

V. Course Outline

A. Supervise the student and work closely with field supervisors

B. Resolve any scheduling problems which the student encounters

C. Carefully screen field supervisors and work environment situations

D. Arrange times and dates of student

participation with the field supervisor

E. Appraise the student of what is expected from him or her (50 hours of work should be required for one credit hour) and assign the student's grade at the end of the semester. Internship credit hour maximum is six.

F. Follow-up the student's progress with periodic contacts with the supervisor.

G. Follow-up the student's progress with conferences and reports from the student.

H. File a schedule of work experiences and activity guidelines with the department.

I. Insure that the quality of the internship is maintained from semester to semester.

The "course content" will be established by the host agency and the field supervisor. It will include the accomplishment of daily and weekly projects. It will also involve long-term planning, research projects, and implementation of agency decisions.

VI. Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials or Equipment

No textbook is required. The students may be required to read outside material available in the library.

VII. Basis of Student Evaluation

The student's grades will be determined by the Economics Department supervisor. The student's grade will be based upon:

1. The Course Project

2. The Course Journal and/or Paper

3. Field Supervisor Evaluation

4. Personal Interviews