Friday, March 1, 2019

ECON Blog Disclaimer

The focus of the ECON blog is to inform ECON majors of educational, career development, internship, and job opportunities. The ECON Department does not officially support nor endorse any specific graduate programs, political affiliations, internship site, or company. Posts to the blog are purely to inform students of potential opportunities and should not be taken as advice or recommendation from the ECON Advising Staff. The department reserves the right to edit and review all submissions to the ECON Blog and deny submissions at their sole discretion. If you would like to submit an announcement for consideration to be posted on the blog, please contact 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Quantitative Policy Analyst Position - Equality of Opportunity Project

The American Dream – the aspiration that all children should have opportunities to climb the economic ladder – is at risk. In the 1950s, more than 90% of American children grew up to earn more than their parents did. Today, only 50% of children do so.

The mission of the Equality of Opportunity Project (EOP) -- a joint initiative of faculty at Stanford, Harvard, and Brown Universities -- is to revive the American Dream. We create and apply new research to inform scalable policy solutions that will empower families to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes. We do this by harnessing the power of big data through high-quality research to learn from areas where the American Dream is still thriving. We study economic mobility through lenses such as education, neighborhood environments, and health to understand the drivers of economic opportunity in the country and give local policymakers customized data and insights to help them craft effective policy solutions. (You can hear an overview of our work on this Freakonomics podcast.)

The Project’s work to date has shaped policy discussions at the national and local level, with nearly a dozen of its studies covered on the front pages of major media outlets, such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and cited in congressional testimony and President Obama’s State of the Union addresses. This work has led to direct impacts on a broad range of decisions by local policy makers, ranging from school districts to housing authorities. The objective of our new policy shop is to expand the impact of our research findings on local policy, by dedicating a small team to collaborate with and support local government partners as they design new policies to improve opportunity in their communities, based, in part, on our detailed diagnostic data and insights. To accomplish this, our teams become fluent in our research and its implications for each partner, so they are able to effectively identify obstacles to mobility and develop tailored programs in response to those barriers.

Our team, led by MacArthur “genius” award winner Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Nathan Hendren, consists of leaders from academia, policy, and management, supported by a staff of approximately 40 members who share a passion to revive the American Dream. We are now seeking Quantitative Policy Analysts who will support the EOP Policy Director and engage with state and local government agencies to analyze and interpret EOP’s location-specific findings. These Analysts will work with local policymakers using our data and insights to address major barriers to upward mobility. This may include assisting in coordinating the diagnostic process and performing econometric analyses to supplement existing insights.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Global and Federal Fellow Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

Think a career in government and public service is only for government and politics majors? Think again! Federal agencies, nonprofits, and policy-related organizations are interested in your quantitative and analytical skill sets as they confront pressing issues. The Global Fellows and Federal Fellows Programs offer you a chance to take your skills out of the classroom and apply them in the real world. Earn Scholarship in Practice credit and a Fellows Program notation on your transcript!

Join a lively, engaged, and motivated student community!  Both programs combine a fall seminar in an issue area with a spring internship in Washington D.C. Our concentrations include Science Diplomacy, Homeland Security Policy, Health Policy, and Global Challenges. Past internship locations include Department of Energy, U.S. Census Bureau, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and Department of Treasury, among many others! Year-round activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers. The programs also feature one-on-one assistance in writing resumes, obtaining internships, etc.

For details regarding the application requirements, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. First wave of applications will be reviewed on March 26. Rolling admissions thereafter.

Spring 2018 Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday-Friday, February 21, 22, & 23
12 - 5 pm
Stamp Student Union

The annual Career and Internship Fair provides UMD students and alumni with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers to discuss internship, full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Over 240 employers have registered and are looking forward to meeting undergraduate and graduate students!

Each day has different employers so students are encouraged to plan ahead. Attendees should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of resumes. No preregistration is necessary.

Get prepared for the career fair with the information below:

Apply for BSOS Student Experience Funds!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is launching the BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds!
These funds assist undergraduate BSOS majors engaged in experiential learning outside the classroom, such as unpaid internships, research, service learning, and professional or academic conferences. The funds are intended to help offset expenses related to such activities like travel/transportation expenses, professional attire, and other opportunity costs (for example: the need to give up a part-time paid job in order to take an unpaid internship).
If you are a BSOS student with financial need that is preventing you from taking advantage of an unpaid opportunity, I encourage you to apply for BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds.
Applications for the summer 2018 and fall 2018 experiences are due on March 28, 2018 by 9 a.m.  Click here to apply. Before submitting your application, make sure to review the eligibility criteria here.
Questions regarding the funds or the application process can be e-mailed to

Engage in Creating Change - Join Beyond the Classroom

Do you want to make an impact for a better world? 

Are you interested in acting on social issues important to you?

Do you want to gain practical skills through service projects
and internships?

Will you have 45 credits by the end of this semester?

If you answered yes, join Beyond the Classroom.

Beyond the Classroom is a living learning program that exposes you to the world's leading problems and engages you through service, activism, and research to address these challenges.​​ 

Learn more at:

Application Deadlines:
February 23 – deadline with contingent housing 
May 2 – application deadline (no housing available)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alumnus Gary Rozier at the Parren J. Mitchell Symposium: Wed., April 18


ECON Departmental Scholarships Available!

The Economics Department is pleased to announce the availability of several undergraduate scholarships recognizing academic excellence for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. They are:

The Rupa Duttagupta Fellowship
The Melanie E. (Lee) Easley Memorial Scholarship
The Honorable Idamae Garrtott Memorial Scholarship
The Moskowitz Family Scholarship
The Peggy Rae and John Sapienza Scholarship
The Mark C. Sullivan Economics Scholarship
The Mark D. and Tracye C. Turner Scholarship in Economics

Detailed information including scholarship descriptions, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found at

Application Deadline is Sunday, March 4, 2018

Summer 2018 Finance Intern, NPR

NPR is looking for a Finance, Treasury and Investments Intern for Summer 2018. The intern will gain experience in core accounting functions: Investment & Cash Management, Audit, and Performance Analysis. Responsibilities include performing daily cash position reporting, investment managers performance analysis, and audit preparation.


The intern will split his/her time with daily cash management, semester long projects (performance analysis, automation projects, audit preparation), and ad hoc investment manager meeting write-ups and ad hoc board of director meeting material preparation.

  • Experience in Microsoft Excel
  • General computer proficiency
  • Comfortable handling multiple assignments effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. 
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Previous office experience is a plus.
Internship dates: May 21 - August 10, 2018
Apply here.

Paid Risk Analysis Internship, USPS

The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill our Student Cooperative - (Paid) position in the Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC) located in Arlington, VA. RARC is the OIG's research group, which digs into economic, business, and policy trends affecting the U.S. Postal Service. We are looking for an individual who is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team and who possesses excellent organizational and time management skills. 

The Student Cooperative will work collaboratively with staff in a program support capacity. This position will offer exposure to the government contracting process, budget management, and the process of producing research papers on complex theories and topics. This position will work directly with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), so a professional disposition is a must. The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year. The selected candidate should be prepared to work 40 hours a week during the summer and school breaks and 30 hours per week while actively attending classes.

Applications due February 21, 2018.

To learn more, please log in to Careers4Terps and search the ID number: 170087