Economics Field Study Program

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  • All field study advising (drop-ins and appointments) continues to be conducted remotely via phone or Zoom. Please expect a 1-2 business day lead time for appointment scheduling.

Applications for winter 2022 are accepted October 11 through November 12, 2021; winter contracts are due January 11, 2022. Applications for spring 2022 will be accepted beginning January 18, 2022 and due by February 18, 2022. 

Download the Field Study Application (Word). Fillable PDF available here. More on how to apply here. 

Field study is available every quarter for students to earn academic credit while working in the local community (Economics 193) or elsewhere 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 into work experience. Students work in a business setting where they are trained and supervised by a professional in their area of interest and an economics faculty member will sponsor them, 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
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Passed Economics 100A, 100B, and 113 


Taking the FOCUS 2 career assessment is a good place to start with developing your internship interests. You are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session and must apply the quarter before your field study begins, so plan ahead!

Common student questions


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. 


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

  • Marketing and advertising agencies
  • Accounting firms
  • Human resource departments
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Community non-profits
  • Local businesses
  • Research organizations


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 the Field Study Application. If selected, you will receive information from the field study coordinator about the process of finding a field placement, faculty sponsor, and enrolling for credit.  Approved students are responsible for searching, applying, and securing an internship before the following quarter.  If you are a F-1 international student, you will need to complete a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Request after securing an internship.


Students may enroll in economics field study up to 2 times, not to exceed a total of 10 credits in field study.

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

  • 2 credit Field Study: requires 5-6 hours internship hours/week + 5 page paper

  • 5 credit Field Study: requires 12-14 internship hours/week + 10 page paper

  • 10 credit Field Study: requires 24 internship hours/week + 20 page paper (requires enrolling in two offerings of 193 in the same quarter)

  • Meet with faculty sponsor at least twice during the quarter
  • Meet with the field study coordinator once through a mid-quarter meeting
  • Complete the Mid-Quarter Questionnaire and Final Assessment of Field Placement forms


Field study is 10 weeks during the quarter you are enrolled in ECON 193 (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.


You must apply the quarter before you want to do a field study internship!  Download the Field Study Application and email to

If you submit a field study application via email, you must sign the application in one of two ways: 

  1. Handwritten signature. (Sign a physical application, then scan or photograph and email signed copy.) 
  2. Digital signature, such as via DocuSign* (Typing in your name is not an acceptable format.)   

* Did you know that DocuSign is available at no charge to campus staff, faculty, and students? Learn more about this campus project here

Questions? Contact:


Field Study Coordinator Drop-In Advising Hours

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all office hour visits and appointments must be conducted remotely by ZOOM (video conference). Please email or call to schedule an appointment. Please expect a 1-2 business day lead time for appointment scheduling.


  • Tuesdays, 1-2
  • Wednesdays, 1-2
  • Thursdays, 11-12
  • Or by appointment (email

Office Location: Virtual 

Click here to view the department advising calendar. You must select the "Remote Field Study Drop-In Hours with Jasmine" option to access the Zoom link. All drop-ins are handled first-come, first-serve within the time periods listed above. 



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