View Full Version : the most important thing done in junior year summer

08-16-2007, 01:47 PM
Everyone's summer work is coming to an end, so I am guessing this is the most appropriate time to ask this question. What is the most appropriate work a person can do during the junior year summer? Especially people who already did research and took the important courses needed for grad schools? It will be interesting to hear different people's experience :D

08-16-2007, 02:16 PM
My goals were getting a good GRE (writing tomorrow) and figuring out how to live by myself, which I suspected would be necessary for a ph.d program (I am only 20 and my parents live on the university campus, so I lived at home until now) - I didn't want to head out for first year ph.d and be grappling with the novelty of being completely self-sufficient, so I got a government job to move out for the summer.

Also daydreamed a bit about senior thesis topics, but not much there.

08-16-2007, 05:01 PM
I interned at the US Treasury's Office of Economic Policy in Washington between my junior and senior years and also conducted independent research in finance.

08-16-2007, 11:17 PM
A few good ideas would be:
1) AEA Summer Program (http://www.econ.duke.edu/aeasp/)
2) Undergraduate Research Opportunity programs (UROs), if your school offers them
3) RA job for a professor
4) Internship at one of the Federal Reserve Banks, or a government agency or NGO that works on economic policy (Here are some links, you can find others via Google: NY Fed (http://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/undergrads.html), SF Fed (http://www.frbsf.org/federalreserve/careers/internship.html), Chicago Fed (http://www.chicagofed.org/about_the_fed/summer_intern_program.cfm), Boston Fed (http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/recruit/intern.htm), Brookings Institute (http://www.brookings.edu/admin/internships.htm), CBO (http://www.cbo.gov/employment/intern.shtml).)

Basically, anything that exposes you to research and data analysis is good. It's useful to learn STATA or SAS, if possible. A research job where you do data analysis is more useful than one where you do lit reviews. If you have the possibility of an internship that can develop into a senior thesis, all the better.

08-16-2007, 11:49 PM
I got really drunk and raced all summer after my jr. year(not in that order). I don't think that helped a lot.

My 2cents,

08-17-2007, 06:28 AM
IMF and World Bank are also great options. I would definitely try to get an internship in those organizations