The Internship-related Independent Study (IRIS) pilot program offered through the Department of Economics will provide you with an opportunity to apply your economic insight and more deeply understand basic economic concepts through a practical internship experience. The program will:

  • enrich economics training 
  • improve your writing skills for a professional setting
  • enhance your profesional experience while in school
  • help you build a network with peers and potential employers 

Through IRIS, you work with a Graduate Student Mentor and under the advice of a designated faculty member to draft and write an academic paper that extends economic concepts to a substantive piece of research. The topic can be any issue of economic interest, related to the sector of the internship company or organization or your occupation.

Enrollment for Spring 2018 is facilitated through the Academic Internship Program. You will earn 4 units of Pass/No Pass credit via enrollment in AIP 197T.


 Requirements  Eligibility
•Secure an internship related to economics, finance, management, mathematics, accounting, or marketing
•Enroll in AIP 197T (4 units, Pass/No Pass)
•Intern over Spring
•Develop and write a related academic paper under the guidance of an Economics Graduate Student Mentor and faculty member
•Economics, Management Science, Economics/Mathematics or Mathematics/Economics major
•90 units completed
•Minimum 2.5 UC GPA
•International students are eligible, and the Economics department will sign CPT Request Forms for enrolled students


 To learn more about the program attend IRIS Information Session on Friday, February 9th
from 4:00 – 4:50 p.m in Mandeville B-210.