Summer Internship Program for Economics Students

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) at the University of Chicago invites students at the University of Chicago interested in economics to apply for posted summer internship opportunities and/or propose to BFI staff an internship program for funding to support an unpaid summer position in the public or nonprofit sector. Students may receive a stipend of $5,000 from BFI for a selected, 10-week internship.

In all, BFI supports both graduate and undergraduate students through BFI’s sponsored internship programs – the Kapani Metcalf Internship Program for Undergraduate Economics Students, the Brickell Metcalf Internship Program, and the BFI Summer Internship Program.

Examples of past internships supported by BFI include:

  • World Bank, Office of the US Executive Director
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Office of Budget and Innovation
  • The Hamilton Project at Brookings
  • The White House’s Executive Office of the President, The Council of Economic Advisers
  • Research Assistants for professors in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Booth School of Business, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School.

Testimonials From Previous BFI Interns

“The dynamic was great. I got to work closely with all levels inside the Council of Economic Advisers – people with PhD’s, people on leave from other government positions, other interns, even other UChicago faculty and alumni. It was basically like we were all one group completing tasks. It was very fun.”

Matthew Baumholtz, intern at the Council of Economic Advisers

“The work I was doing made me feel like I was contributing to the public, since my work may influence future funding or policies. I’m now more excited to look for positions in government or nonprofits or research firms where I can create results that can help the public.”

James Lee, intern in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

Students interested in pursuing a 2022 summer internship can apply for current opportunities or propose external internship opportunities that fit their specific interests and apply their economic background.

Applications for 2022 Internships are Now Closed

BFI will support the selected summer internship candidates with payment or stipend for their summer position. Available positions will be posted on Handshake and/or GRADGargoyle. These opportunities will include Research Assistant positions with faculty at the University of Chicago, as well as external internships across the country.

For students who apply to existing opportunities posted online, the organizational sponsor will make the final selection. We anticipate a highly competitive process.

Limited Funding Available for External Internships

If you have secured a 2023 unpaid summer internship in the public or nonprofit sector relevant to your economic studies, BFI welcomes a proposal for funding. Please fill out the form below. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. For students who propose their own internship opportunity to BFI, a committee will review the proposal along with the criteria to decide which proposals are funded.

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For more information or questions, please contact bfi@uchicago.edu.