Careers in Economics

Note: The posting of opportunities on this page, which are referred to us by faculty or alumni, does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Economics.

Resources for Students

From the American Economics Association - Careers in Economics, "Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various roles in businesses are most common, economics majors are successful in law, medicine, government, non-profits, and international relations, as well as in academic roles."

Jobs and Fellowships - Recent Postings

Research Assistant, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy - The Brookings Institution seeks a Research Assistant to undertake quantitative and qualitative research and policy analysis on a range of issues, supporting the Center's scholars. Duties for this position include: a) providing research assistance, such as literature reviews; b) drafting working papers, blogs and other publications; d) using statistical software to gather and analyze data; and e) assisting scholars and other staff with the management of projects and events. Preferred start date is between June 1 and August 1, 2024. The starting annual salary is $54,000. More information about being a research assistant in Economic Studies may be found here. 

Research Assistant, Center on Health Policy - The Brookings Institution seeks a Research Assistant who will have received a Bachelor's degree by June 2024 in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. One year of job experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required; experience can come from prior employment, internship, or applicable undergraduate/graduate work. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. More information can be found here. 

Research Assistant - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Economics and Market Research (CER) department is looking for two research assistants to support its growing research workstreams. The IFC, member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on private investment in emerging economies. The organization operates in more than 100 countries, using capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities that work for development. More information on the position and how to apply is availble here. Deadline: April 15, 2024.
(added 3/26/24)

Research AssistantElizabeth U. Cascio and Ethan G. Lewis in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth are hiring a Research Assistant to collaborate with and independently support faculty with all stages of qualitative and/or quantitative research and in support of pedagogy in the social sciences. Research responsibilities may include (i) programming to construct and validate data, undertake analyses, and estimate quantitative models; (ii) collecting and analyzing archival or ethnographic information, and (iii) communication of qualitative and/or quantitative research in writing, including internal write-ups as well as assistance drafting and editing papers for publication. Pedagogical responsibilities may include serving as a teaching assistant for one course per term. The position requires Stata programming experience, ability to work independently, and excellent written and oral communication skills. A long-term interest in pursuing research related to inequality and an interest in pursuing a PhD in economics or a related discipline are preferred. Apply online here.
(added 2/23/24)

Research Assistant - Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG) is hiring a Research Assistant to support a range of tasks, including assisting the Policy Director on short- and long-term research projects related to domestic economic policy and working with Program Associate on logistics and communications for AESG's annual membership meeting each summer. This RA position is a great chance for a talented student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Economics or Public Policy to gain 1-2 years of research experience before applying to graduate programs. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail are important, as well as proficiency in statistical programs such as STATA or R. Fill out the application on the Aspen Institute's website here (we will review applications on a rolling basis). Candidates with questions about the role should contact AESG Policy Director Luke Pardue (
(added 2/23/24)

Pre-Doctoral Research Associates - The Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research at the Wharton School is hiring two pre-doctoral research associates to support Wharton Finance Department faculty research in financial economics.  The open positions cover the following research areas: household finance, corporate finance, public economics, financial intermediation and asset pricing. More details and information on how to apply available here.
(added 11/13/23)

Assistant Analyst - Multiple Positions - The Congressional Budget Office, a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic, policy, and budgetary analysis to the Congress, is seeking assistant analysts to work in various divisions. Specific duties vary by division, but most assistant analysts provide research assistance, conduct statistical analyses and literature reviews, help maintain databases, and perform quality assurance reviews. Candidates for assistant analyst must have or be on track to receive a bachelor's degree by June 2024. Prof. Heidi Williams is available to answer questions. More details and information on how to apply available here.
(added 11/9/23)

Research Professional - The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time research assistants for a period of at least one year. The preferred start date is June 17, 2024 although earlier or later start dates may be feasible, including starting this academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The first review is October 4, 2023, and we will continue to review applications received after this date until all positions are filled. More details and information on how to apply available here.
(added 10/27/23)

Fellowships - The D.E. Shaw Group is accepting applications for their winter 2024 fellowships for undergraduate students currently in their second year. Applications are open until Monday, November 13, 2023. More information is available in this flyer and students can learn more on their fellowship website
(added 10/26/23)

Research Assistants - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has started hiring for several research assistant positions to start in June 2024.
Candidates can apply here. Applications considered on a rolling basis, but interested candidates encouraged to apply before October 20th. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or Green Card holders, since sponsorship or practical training extensions are not available for this position. This is a full time, two-year position for candidates who will have completed their undergrad degree by the Summer of 2024; it should be particularly interesting to someone considering an academic career in economics. We are very interested in getting the information about these opportunities to people traditionally underrepresented in the economics profession.
(added 10/9/23)

Research Assistant and Research and Communications Assistant - Behavior Change for Good is recruiting for two full-time research BA/BS-level staff positions, a Research Assistant and a Research and Communications Assistant to join their team. Click on the links to apply. For more information contact
(added 10/2/23)

Economics Consulting Analyst/Associate - Charles River Associates is seeking Bachelor's or Master's degree candidates graduating December 2023/Summer 2024 with an academic focus on quantitative research to fill several positions in Antitrust and Competitive Practice. For more information about the positions and how to apply, visit this link.
(added 9/26/23)

Research Analyst - The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is seeking research analysts to work with economists on analysis of current economic conditions as well as long-term research projects for publication. For more information, visit this link.
(added 9/14/23)

Research Assistant - The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. is recruiting for multiple research assistants. For more information, visit this link.
(added 9/14/23)

Jobs and Fellowships - Ongoing Recruitment

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Research Assistants 

National Bureau of Economic Research listing of research jobs suitable for bachelor's degree candidates, graduate students, or post-docs with faculty across the country.

Federal Reserve System research jobs (Spring and Fall Recruiting Cycles).

American Economic Association Summer and Scholarship Programs

Causal Design an economic consulting firm conducting rigorous program evaluations and analysis for international development organizations around the world seeks a full-time International Research & Operations Analyst. Working from our global offices in Denver, Colorado; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Lilongwe, Malawi, we help development actors make data-driven decisions to increase the impact of their programs. Please apply at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Analysis Group is offering full-time Analyst internships in a collegial, supportive, research-oriented environment, with a focus on delivering the highest-quality work to our clients. We work hard but strive to maintain balance with life outside the office, and require minimal travel. Many analysts go on to top graduate and professional programs. Contact Paul Jeon ( for more information.

The Federal Reserve seeks full-time Research Assistants. Fed Research assistants play an essential role and are presented with substantial opportunities for professional and intellectual development. Working side by side with economists, RAs participate in the application of economic theory and empirical research methods used to inform economic policy debate. Along the way, RAs develop strong quantitative analysis, critical thinking and writing skills – marketable skills useful for pursuing career opportunities and advanced studies in a variety of fields.