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What is field study?

This program is a great way for organizations to find quality interns who are serious about pursuing their career interests! UCSC economics majors can earn course credit while gaining valuable firsthand experience in the workplace in fields such as accounting, administration, events, marketing, management, research, sales, and more! The internships can be paid or unpaid and can range from 6-20 hours per week. 

Organizations that work in partnership with our program are called 'field study supervisors'. The field study supervisor defines the student's position and responsibilities, provides training, and evaluates the student's performance at the end of each quarter. The field study supervisor agrees to provide orientation and training, meet with students every week for 30 minutes of individual supervision or 60 minutes of group supervision, and submit an evaluation of each student’s performance at the end of the quarter.

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Please review the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division's information on Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.  If your internship meets the standards, either download the Internship Description Form or send a PDF of your internship posting to econintern@ucsc.edu.

How it works:

STEP 1:  
Students apply for our program. Once accepted, they receive access to our Economics Field Study Database to search for internships. It is the student's responsibility to search and seek out interviews. They will be prompted to contact employers listed in the database. You will have students apply and interview at your discretion. Please make your intern selection prior to the start of the quarter (see dates below) so students can enroll in their field study course in a timely manner.

Once a student has secured an internship with you, they need to notify us and we'll provide them with the Field Study Contract. This is an agreement between the student, field study supervisor (that's you), faculty sponsor, and field study coordinator that determines the intern's responsibilities, time commitment, and agreement that you will provided training.

Student begins internship with you! Typically, students work at their internship either 5-6 hours per week (for 2 units) or 12-14 hours per week (for 5 units). Students are limited to 10 units total of field study credit during their time at UCSC. Internships take place during time periods corresponding to UCSC's 10-week quarter system (see "Internship timelines" below). 

Hours worked may not exceed those listed above. 

At the end of the quarter, you will be emailed a Field Study Supervisor Evaluation form. This evaluation is designed to provide feedback on job performance and related issues. It is required so the student can earn a grade; please complete these in a timely manner.

Internship quarterly timelines

Winter 2023: January 6-March 17

Spring 2023: April 3-June 9

Summer 2023: June 26-September 1

Fall 2023September 23-December 15



If you have questions or would like to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment, please contact econintern@ucsc.edu.