/ Asked by Derrick
I am currently studying towards a BA in Economics with a BS in International Business and am looking for an internship but am unsure of where to look. It seems most internships are for Accounting or Marketing majors in the field of business and as an Econ major I am just out of luck. Do you have any advice on where an Econ major might look for internships?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Looking for an internship for your very first time is always stressful. The biggest advice I can give you to find the right internship fit is to really come to some conclusions on what you want to do with your degree. An internship's purpose is to gain relevant work experience that compliments your degree. An internship is so much more valuable to an individual if they can nail down a broad overview of what they want to do with their degree. There are many career options with an Economics major. It sounds like you also have another International Business focus to consider as well. I would start with selecting global companies since you have a focus on international business and see what internship opportunities they have available. Again, you really need to get a sense of what type of internships you're seeking with your degree-Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Project Management, Analyst, etc. Those are just some ideas to consider and I would encourage you to really pay attention to the job descriptions and see if it's something you would be interested in learning and possibly making a career in. 
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
When looking for an internship, a place to get some job insight and experience, it is important to look everywhere! Like Jobipedia, there are quite a few websites that post internships, and some do list specific majors, however do not let that deter you from applying for a position you are passionate about. When a company interviews interns they are looking for potential employees and want someone that is interested in pursuing that field, position or career path, so don't hold back on going for it, if it is truly something you want long term! Be sure and do your research, prepare for the interview and make the most of your cover letter and/or application in convincing them you are the right candidate, not today but long term.  Networking should also be something to consider when looking for an internship, remind everyone you run into that you are looking for an internship and be specific about your request including when, how long, and what industry. Another place to reference when looking for an internship specifically for Econ majors may be a local career center, whether at a local community college, university or community workforce organization. Best of Luck!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I would recommend reaching out to your professors/advisors within the Econ department to understand what students in the past have done or where alumni of the program have gone for full-time jobs – this would help you understand the various opportunities that are out there for your degree. The Career Center is always a good stop, and they should also be very helpful in helping you understand the various companies that recruit on your campus and how your degree may fit their needs.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I would highly recommend attending the career fair at the school you are attending. Be sure to research the companies that are going to be in attendance and identify which might have your field. Once at the career fair, seek out as many companies as possible.
Most companies conduct next day interviews while on campus and fill the great majority of their entry level and internship positions this way. Best of luck in your career search.
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