Internship panel opens doors for ECON majors

January 2017

Economics majors that want a taste of Spring ICE but don’t want to wade through the potentially hectic waters of the internship expo have no further to look than the Spring ICE Pre-Night, held by the Economics Department of the Farmer School of Business.

The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on January 31 at the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center. Representatives from local companies are invited to come interact with ECON majors and speak about internship opportunities. It will begin with the attending representatives giving a one-minute introduction of their companies, after which they will go to tables set up in the conference room and speak with students one on one.

In its third year, the Spring ICE Pre-Night is an event catered directly to freshmen and sophomore economics majors and strives to give them a chance to network with local businesses to see what they can really do with their degree. According to Jacob Brindley, an economics lecturer who is helping to coordinate the event, it’s more about showing the younger students the doors that having an economics degree can open.

“It gives them a great opportunity to network,” he said. “Just to talk with employers and present themselves in a professional manner.”

“We like to have a variety of companies there to show students what they can do with an economics degree, because sometimes that is a big question students may have,” said senior economics and finance program assistant Misty Barrett. “For some students, this event is a way to get their name out and give an impression where they could benefit with either an internship or a job. Then, for others, it could be just to get some of the skills of how to network and to get the practice.”

This year, the range of employers visiting is still being finalized, but on the docket for sure are Nielsen, Vantive, EY and an area lawyer. Last year, the list of companies included Cleveland Research Company, Macy’s, JPMorgan, 84.51, Cleveland Fed, Deloitte, KeyBank, Vantiv and Nielsen.

“In class we really emphasize empirical skills,” Dr. Brindley stated. “But we also need to focus on communication skills too. This gives them a chance to do that.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Brindley at or Misty Barrett at, and we’ll see you at the ECON Spring ICE Pre-Night!