UC Santa Cruz Economics Field Study Program

Economics Field Study Program

Economics field study program provides economics 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.

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.

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You must apply the quarter before your field study begins, so plan ahead! 

 Student requirements to be eligible for field study

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

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 academic outcome is a final project/paper developed with the student and faculty together.

  • 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 program is offered for credit as pass/no pass only.

If you already have an internship lined up, please review our employer information page to understand how it works.

Internship quarterly (10-week) timelines

Fall 2023: September 28-December 15

Winter 2024: January 5-March 15

Spring 2024: April 1-June 7

Summer 2024: June 24-August 30

Start your personal career journey today

Field Study Coordinator 

Email: econintern@ucsc.edu to request a Zoom appointment for advising. 


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