Undergraduate Internships & Networking

Are you an Economics major and interested in getting ahead of the competition upon graduation? Are you motivated to jump-start your career in Economics? If so, the UMKC Department of Economics has an Internship Program for you.

Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in their field of choice. They also provide a way of ‘trying out’ a position before actually being hired—a kind of testing of waters before taking the plunge. Internships provide a great avenue to prepare students for their future careers.

Students who have internship experience:

  • Get exposure to the workplace and develop measurable skills;
  • Participate in the development of ideas in the workplace; and
  • Develop career contacts that allow networking for the present and future.
  • According to one survey (NACE Internship and Co-op Survey):
    • Interns are 70% more likely than their non-intern counterparts to be hired as full-time employees by any company.
    • The median starting salary of those with internship experience was 32.9% higher than those without this experience.
    • Students with internships on their records see their time from graduation to a career shortened by about four months, compared to those without internships.

If you are an Economics major, have at least 75 hours completed toward your degree and have taken Economics 425, you may be eligible to participate in the Economics Department’s academic internship course, Economics 497. You will need approval before signing up for this course. Please contact Dr. Karen Vorst for more details.

Karen Vorst

Karen Vorst
Professor, Internship Adviser     |     Manheim 202G
Please e-mail if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.

   Internship Requirements Documentation
   Internship form for Economics 497