Economics Field Study Program

Field Studies Program Coordinator
Engineering 2 Building Rm. 403C
(831) 459-5301
econintern@ucsc.edu

SPRING 2017 FIELD STUDY APPLICATION DEADLINE MONDAY JAN. 30TH, 2017: Field Study Application 

Field study is available every quarter for students to earn academic credit while working in the local community (Economics 193) or elsewhere (Economics 198) and earn credit for the practice: service learning (PR-S) general education requirement. Field study provides students with a practical context in which they can integrate course material. Students work in a business setting where they are trained and supervised by a professional in their area of interest and a economics faculty member sponsors each student, providing guidance and encouraging them to blend the knowledge acquired in economics courses with the training they receive in the field placement. Field study is Pass/No Pass grading only.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE:

  • declared economics or economics combined majors.
  • in good academic standing.
  • passed Economics 100A, 100B, and 113.  

INTERESTED?  Taking the FOCUS 2 career assesment is a good place to start in developing your internship interests.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session.  Students must apply the quarter before their field study begins, so plan ahead!

COMMON STUDENT QUESTIONS:

WHY SHOULD I DO FIELD STUDY?

Field study is valuable if you want to gain firsthand experience in the work place to clarify or further develop your career goals. It is an important addition to your resume and is helpful when applying to graduate schools and jobs after graduation. An internship can enhance personal qualities that are useful in professional life such as the ability to work independently, increased self-confidence, good judgment, perseverance, and reliability. 

WHERE WOULD I BE WORKING?

Placements are available at various locations in Santa Cruz and the wider Bay Area, including the following:

  • marketing and advertising agencies
  • accounting firms
  • human resource departments
  • consulting firms
  • government agencies
  • community non-profits
  • local businesses
  • research organizations

HOW DO I GET ACCEPTED TO FIELD STUDY?

You must apply the quarter before field study begins, so plan ahead! You can attend an orientation session designed to give you information about the field study program and help you select your area of interest. After attending the session, you will need to complete a Field Study Application. If selected, you will meet with the field study coordinator, who will guide you through the process of finding a field placement, assigning a faculty sponsor, and enrolling for credit.

WHAT ARE THE FIELD STUDY ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS?

The following are required during the quarter you're enrolled in field study:

  • 5 unit field study requires a minimum of 12 hours worked per week and 10 page paper.
  • 2 unit field study requires a minimum of 6 hours worked per week and 5 page paper.
  • Meet with faculty sponsor at least twice during the quarter.
  • Attend one mid-quarter meeting.
  • Complete Mid-Quarter Questionnaire and Final Assessment of Field Placement.

HOW LONG WILL MY FIELD STUDY LAST?

You must be enrolled in Economics 193 or 198 during the quarter you are actually doing the field study internship (retroactive credit for internships that have already been completed CANNOT be accepted). Placements that provide you with more in-depth experience may require a consecutive two-quarter commitment. Because of the demand for field study, you can only do two quarters (or 10 units total) during your time at UCSC.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You must apply the quarter before your field study internship!  The application is available here, hard copies can be picked up in Economics Department Engineering 2 Building Rm. 401, and are distributed during the orientation session