ECON42200 Economics Internship

Academic Year 2023/2024

Students registered for the MSc in Applied Economics or the MSc in Behavioural Economics have the option to choose this Economics Internship module in lieu of a written thesis in Summer Trimester.

In order to undertake this module it should be noted that:
(i) Students are responsible for sourcing their own internships;

(ii) All internships must be first cleared for use by the module coordinator to ensure they meet the objectives of the programme

(iii) All necessary documentation must be completed before the internship commences. This includes a Host Agreement (which must be signed by the host institution and countersigned by both the student and the module coordinator) and a Student Agreement form (to be completed and signed by the student)

(iv) Part time students may do an internship, but not in the institution in which they are employed while registered for the MSc

The internship module provides a unique opportunity to put theory into practice, acquire new personal and work-related skills, and enhance employment potential on graduation. The internship is intended to be a new experience for students, allowing them to work on a full time basis in a host institution where they can develop existing and acquire new skills, while applying their economic training to new work related tasks.

Students, in consultation with the module coordinator, will arrange internship positions (paid or voluntary) in fields related to Economics either in Ireland or abroad. The goal is to relate the student's educational and academic experience to the professional needs of the host with whom they are associated.

This module will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis and is “grade neutral” in the context of Degree GPA calculations.
Successful completion of the module will result in the award of the credits, with a module grade "P" assigned.
An unsuccessful attempt at the module will result in the credits not being awarded. In this case the student must, in consultation with the module coordinator and depending upon feasibility, either undertake a second and final internship or be assigned to complete a project/dissertation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The internship module is a key opportunity to build on the knowledge acquired during the first two semesters of the Economics Masters programmes, and to develop a range of new skills in the application of this knowledge to the specific setting of the host organisation.
The specific skills acquired by a student will depend upon the nature of the internship programme and specifications of the internship contract with the host. They may include, among other skills,
• research skills;
• written and oral communication skills;
• project management;
• presentational skills;
• data analysis;
• development of proficiency in particular computing softwares;
• knowledge and information management;
• strategic thinking and problem solving;
• time management and independent working;

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The organisation of meetings/sessions to inform students on the nature of the internship module, what is required, and approaches to finding a suitable internship.

Sessions to equip students with techniques for applying for internships (CV and Cover Letters).

Regular contact informing students of internship opportunities /application details/deadlines etc

Meeting to inform students on specifics of internship report for assessment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Fieldwork: Submission of Internship Report at the end of Summer trimester. Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback to students available on request