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

The Bretton Woods Committee is currently seeking to fill a Program Associate position. The Program Associate provides organizational and logistical support to BWC's Working Groups, aids in the communication efforts and strategies concerning the organization's programs, focuses on Congressional outreach/legislative efforts, and supports the planning and implementation of the BWC's annual program calendar. More information about the position and our organization can be found here. Application deadline September 26, 2022.
(added 9.19.22)

Heidi Williams is currently accepting applications for pre-doctoral fellows to begin in the summer or fall of 2023 and to be appointed for up to two years. These positions entail close collaboration and assistance with all stages of various empirical research and policy projects related to science and innovation policy. Much of this work will be done in close collaboration with the Institute for Progress (where she is the Director of Science Policy, collaborating with Caleb Watney) and with J-PAL's Science for Progress Initiative (which she co-chairs with Paul Niehaus).  Information on how to apply is available here.
(added 9.19.22)

The King Center's Predoctoral Research Fellows Program is a full-time, two-year postbaccalaureate program designed to prepare individuals for careers in academic research focused on issues related to global development. The program provides a diverse set of fellows with the opportunity to gain research experience and preparation for applications to PhD programs and doctoral studies. This multidisciplinary program operates in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The application deadline will be Monday, January 9, 2023.
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The Princeton Program in Public Economics  is looking to hire several full-time pre-doctoral fellows (Senior Research Specialists). The position involves responsibilities that serve as excellent preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics, including data processing and analysis, survey design, simulation techniques, literature reviews, and presentations. This PDF file describes the qualifications needed and how to apply.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October 15, 2022.
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MIT Professor Amy Finkelstein  is looking to hire highly skilled and motived full-time pre-doctoral research fellows to begin in the spring or summer of 2023 and to work for two years as part of her research team. The position will entail close collaboration and assistance with all stages of empirical research in health economics. This PDF file describes the qualifications needed and how to apply.
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Opportunity Insights, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization located at Harvard University, has several upcoming research opportunities within their research group:

  • The predoctoral fellowship is geared toward students interested in working for two years after graduating from an undergraduate or masters program. Predoctoral fellows will work on research and analyses related to economic mobility. Additionally, predoctoral fellows have opportunities to participate in seminars and other research activities in a team-oriented lab environment. The program serves as a good bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in applied microeconomics. Our fall application deadline for this position is October 5th
  • The postdoctoral fellowship is a one- or two-year position that provides a bridge to a traditional assistant professor position. Our hope is that post-docs will collaborate on projects of mutual interest in addition to developing their independent research agendas on related topics. For full consideration, applications for this position should be submitted by December 15th

(added 9.15.22)

 

LEO (Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities) has job openings for 2 Research Associates (RAs) to start work in Summer 2023. Please see this job posting. Current college seniors are especially encouraged to apply! The job posting will be open until September 23.
(added 9.6.22)

 

Charles River Associates is seeking an Economics Consultant - Analyst/Associate to start work in 2023. An online application is available here.
(added 9.6.22)
 

Blueprint Labs at MIT is seeking 5 new full time Research Fellows to start work after graduation. The priority deadline is September 18, but they will accept applications until October 31.
(added 9.1.22)
 

J-PAL is seeking Research Associates. These positions are located globally at the offices of J-PAL affiliated professors. Qualified candidates hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related fields. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred. General Data Research Associate and General Field Research Associate. The deadline to complete an application for this round is October 4, 2022.
(added 9.1.22)
 

The Bretton Woods Committee is currently seeking to fill their full-time Program Associate of Communications position. The Program Associate of Communications provides organizational and logistical support to BWC's Working Groups, aids in the communication efforts and strategies concerning the organization's programs, focuses on Congressional outreach/legislative efforts, and supports the planning and implementation of the BWC's annual program calendar. Deadline for submission: September 26, 2022
(added 6.29.22)

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 CausalDesign.com/jobs. 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 (Paul.Jeon@analysisgroup.com) 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.