More information about these student opportunities can be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Several research opportunities are available to undergraduate economics majors. Working closely with a faculty member in connection with a special studies course or a senior honors essay provides the student with the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of a topic of the student’s choosing. The College of Arts and Letters provides financial support for undergraduate research through its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
Student Employment Opportunities
Upon successfully completing the core courses, many students work as tutors for the Economics department, for the Learning Resource Center (First Year of Studies), or for the athletic department.
For research assistant positions, you generally will be required to have completed Econometrics. Faculty may have the need for research assistants with their projects and the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities also offers research internships.
Internships are strongly encouraged and funding is available.
On campus: The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities offers research internships (Econometrics course must be completed).
Off campus: Many employers come to recruit on campus for their summer internships. The department announces these recruiting events throughout the semester. Check out the Career Center for more opportunities.
Honors Society: ODE
Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is the international economics honors society and one of the world's largest academic honor societies. Students who are eligible for membership in ODE receive a membership invitation from the Director of Undergraduate Economics Studies.
The Notre Dame Chapter of ODE is formally entitled the Beta Chapter of Indiana. It was organized during the early 1970s and is recognized by the University. As such, graduating seniors who are members are listed in the University's Commencement Exercises Program.
Presently the requirements for membership in ODE are:
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.4.
- A grade point average of 3.4 in economics with at least 12 credit hours in economics having been completed.
There is a broad array of international study opportunities offered by Notre Dame and most of the universities in the program have an economics elective that counts toward the major.
Study abroad is strongly encouraged, especially for International Economics majors, as it enhances your liberal arts education and offers a new perspective of the world around us.
Live, learn, and work in our nation's capital during the fall or spring semester with the University of Notre Dame Washington Program.
Students combine coursework with internships in government offices, Congress, non-governmental organizations, the media and cultural institutions.
Washington Program students have opportunities to intern at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Economic Strategy Institute, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and numerous other organizations in Washington, DC.
The power of economics, said Greg Duffy ’15, is that the intangible becomes tangible. Duffy, who majored in economics and sang in an a capella group at Notre Dame, now uses that power to help connect artists with new audiences as a research analyst at the music-streaming service Pandora.