2021 Summer Internship Programs for Economics Students

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) at the University of Chicago invites students at the University of Chicago studying Economics to apply for posted summer internship opportunities and/or propose to BFI staff an internship program for funding. Funding is made available through BFI’s Kapani Metcalf Summer Internship Program and the Brickell Metcalf Internship Program.

BFI will support the selected summer internship candidates with a stipend of $5,000 for their summer position. Available positions will include Research Assistant positions with faculty at the University of Chicago as well as external internships across the country posted by BFI.

We also encourage students to find internship opportunities that fit their specific interests and apply their economic background. They can then apply to BFI for funding (see details below).

My economics background from the University was critical in my success at my internship. I was constantly relaying knowledge I had learned in various classes to the department heads I worked with and finding interesting ways to apply it to their problems.”

Daniel Smith, Behavioral Economics Consultant, Office of Performance and Strategic Innovation, Mayor’s Office of Tulsa

Available Research Assistantship Positions with UChicago Faculty

Available External Internship Positions

Apply on Handshake

Propose An External Internship Program for Funding

BFI recognizes that many students want to apply their economic studies in internship opportunities in government, nonprofits, and the private sector. Students may also seek their own off-campus internship opportunities that utilize their economic studies and apply to BFI for funding. Approved external internships will be approved with a stipend of $5,000 for 10 weeks.

If you have created your own opportunity and are interested in applying to BFI for external summer internship funding, please fill out this form or email the information below to bfisummerinterns@uchicago.edu by April 1, 2021. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until May 1.

  • Organization, office, or institution for which you would intern
  • Proposed scope of work or research project that can reasonably be accomplished in a 10-week (average) window in 400 cumulative hours
  • Description of how the internship relates to the study of economics and specific skills that you would utilize in this position
  • Name of designated intern supervisor, his/her title, and office or department, along with contact information
  • Any other information that would be relevant in selecting you as a successful candidate.


For questions please email bfisummerinterns@uchicago.edu.