Information for Students

Students

  1. Are you registered in an Economics Program?
  2. Will you have 15.0 full course equivalents by the September of the year in which you wish to apply?
  3. Will you be graduating in June or November at the end of the internship?
  4. Are you looking to apply your economics knowledge to the "real" world?

If you answered yes to these questions then this internship course is a valuable opportunity for you to apply the economics expertise and knowledge you have gained through coursework through a part-time unpaid work commitment, and gain 1.0 academic credit at the same time.. A written report and presentation will also be required - see full course requirements.

Application packages are available online. Interviews are generally held in April/May.

Before submission please follow the instructions closely on the application  as well as the checklist and book an appointment with the Career Centre for advice regarding your résumé.

Benefits to Students

45% of employers offer higher salaries to incoming hires with internship experience than they offer to those without such experience - NACE 2005 Experiential Education Report

  • Learning in your chosen field from the inside
  • Valuable experience to add to your résumé
  • Contacts, contacts, contacts! Allows you to meet new people and practice your networking skills
  • Enable you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career field
  • Allows you to apply some of the theory and ideas you have learned in university
  • Provides a bridge between university and the professional world
  • Full year course credit
  • Job search, résumé writing, oral and written communication, and presentation skills development
  • Application of your knowledge to the 'real' world
  • Opens the door to a job offer or a recommendation about the next steps you should take on your career path

Student Testimonials

My time at Gowlings was an invaluable experience and was only made possible thanks to the hard work of the UTM Economics department.

ECO400Y Graduate 2013

The internship had been a truly worthwhile experience since it achieved its fundamental objective of allowing interns to experience working with economics rather than merely studying economics in a classroom setting. Through this internship placement, I experienced the difference between theoretical and practical economics and realized that although in theory, economics can stand alone, it can hardly be treated as a separate field of study; it is heavily intertwined with politics,psychology, sociology, amongst other things. Furthermore, this experienced demonstrated the difference between intention and implementation in economics and that for economic projects and ideas to work, one has to keep in mind the political framework and tools that exist. During my internship, I was able to sit in meetings
that involve different departments within the Ontarian government and watch how the bureaucracy works in practice. Overall, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful experience since it required me to not only draw on both economics and political science but it also allow me to see them in practice real time.

ECO400Y Graduate 2013

The internship offered an opportunity to apply the knowledge obtained in class, to learn from work, and to explore my career goals.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

 

I value all of the experience I have gained in ECO400 greatly, and see it as a successful milestone in my journey.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

Prior to this course, I would never imagine the amount of Economic application to the environment. My internship at Environment Canada opened my eyes into a new research field in economics.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

The company I was placed in challenged me with many of their Economics problems and it was hugely satisfying to solve those problems and see my solutions implemented in their product.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

My expectations were more than exceeded when I got the placement I was hoping for. The placement was a major part in my plan to work for the Bank of Canada, a plan that has come to fruition.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

This course is the bridge connecting the academic life with the industry ("real") life. I recommend this course to everyone who wants to be successful.

 

Your future is built one step at a time, so use the chance when they are still retraceable.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

ECO400Y provided me with a tremendous opportunity to hone my ability to write for non-academic audiences, develop soft skills needed to flourish in the work place environment, and discover new interests. ECO400Y is really a fantastic opportunity for students!

ECO400Y Graduate 2014

This internship has allowed me to hone my analytical and presentation skills. It has allowed me to engage in a variety of projects and overall has sharpened my vision of future career paths. I would recommend this course to any student interested in working in a field in Economics, Finance or Law. It has a tremendous impact on your job history.

ECO400Y Graduate 2014