Economics Field Study Program

Economics Field Study Program

Economics Field Study Program is available every quarter for students to earn academic credit while working in an internship in the community and to earn credit for the Practice: Service Learning (PR-S) general education requirement here at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Economics Field Study Program provides students with a practical context in which they can start to integrate course material into work experience. Students work in a setting where they are trained and supervised by a professional in the business or organizational setting of their field study experience.

Students are partnered with a faculty member of UC Santa Cruz Economics Department. This faculty sponsor provides guidance and encouragement to help the student blend knowledge and skill acquired in economics courses with the training and experience they receive in the field placement. The outcome is a final project determined and developed with the student and sponsor together.

Attend an orientation session to learn more 

You must apply the quarter before your field study begins, so plan ahead! We strongly encourage you to attend an orientation session. Next informtion sessions to be scheduled during winter quarter 2023 for internships during spring 2023 quarter.

  • APPLICATIONS For winter 2023 field study are not longer being accepted.
  • To apply for spring 2023 field study, please send an email request to

 Student requirements to be eligible

  • Declared economics or economics combined majors at UC Santa Cruz
  • Junior or senior standing (by the time you start your internship)
  • Passed Economics 100A, 100B, and 113 
  • In good academic standing 

Start by taking the FOCUS 2 career assessment to get a headstart with developing your work place interests.


  • UC Santa Cruz Economics Field Study Program earns academic credit for graduation, but does not count for credit earned for your academic major requirements.
  • Economics Field Study is offered for credit as pass/no pass only.


Field Study Coordinator 

Email: to request a Zoom appointment for advising. 


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