Making Economics Real - The Economics Internship

International Review of Economics Education, Vol. 13, 2013, pp 10-25

4 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013

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Craig Cameron

Griffith University

Brett Freudenberg

Griffith University - Griffith Business School; Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Mark Brimble

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses; Centre for Financial Independence and Education

Date Written: October 8, 2013

Abstract

In the context of higher education concerns surrounding economics enrolments in Australia and industry concern about the quality of graduates, an Economics Internship was developed as a final year elective course in an Australian business degree. This paper details qualitative and quantitative evidence supporting the positive impact of the Economics Internship in terms of students’ generic skills, career and vocational skills, self-efficacy and satisfaction. The Economics Internship makes economics ‘real’ for students through their exposure to a dynamic learning environment and, in light of the evidence, is a model which demands further consideration and investment within economics education.

Keywords: Internship, generic skills, economics education

JEL Classification: A22, I20

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Craig and Freudenberg, Brett and Brimble, Mark, Making Economics Real - The Economics Internship (October 8, 2013). International Review of Economics Education, Vol. 13, 2013, pp 10-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337755

Craig Cameron

Griffith University ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia
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Brett Freudenberg (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

Mark Brimble

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses ( email )

University Drive
Logan, Queensland 4131
Australia
(07) 373 55311 (Phone)

Centre for Financial Independence and Education ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

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