From July to August 2023, seventy-eight BS Economics students were deployed to twenty-two Host Training Establishments for face-to-face, hybrid, or online internships in Laguna, Metro Manila, and CAR.
The Department of Economics started offering Undergraduate Internship (Econ 198) to junior BS Econ students in 2021. Now in its third round of implementation, Econ 198 became an avenue for students to experience working in various Host Training Establishments across sectors and industries, from banking and finance (Land Bank of the Philippines; Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation; and Hapinoy), consulting (Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies; Nomura Research Institute Singapore Pte Ltd Manila Branch; and Polestrom Consulting), tech solutions (Infinit-O; Zbiz Solutions; Kinesso Philippines; IPG Mediabrands), real estate (LBS Land and Building Sales Specialist, Inc.), FMCG (Procter & Gamble Philippines), logistics (Onestop Logistics Solutions, Inc.), agriculture (Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development; and Forest Products Research and Development Institute), energy (Manila Electric Company), to policy, planning, and regulation (Philippine Competition Commission; Department of Trade and Industry-Competitiveness Bureau; Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Trade and International Policy Research; Office of Senator Grace Poe-Senate of the Philippines; National Economic and Development Authority-Cordillera Administrative Region; and Institute for Labor Studies).
Econ 198 allows students to develop competencies and abilities that they can use once they leave the university and enter the labor force. The course is offered during the Midyear, around five to seven weeks every school year. During the internship, students are assigned to various tasks related to research writing, conduct of workshops/ webinars, data management and analysis, and technical writing and communication.
With the variety of Host Training Establishments accepting BS Economics students as interns in the past three years, it goes to show that the students can apply their strong background in economics in different kinds of work opportunities. All in all, most interns completed their five-week internship programs with flying colors and received compliments for establishing good working relationships with their peers and superiors.
The Department of Economics would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all Host Training Establishments for mentoring our students as they continue to develop their skills and work ethics. The HTEs’ commitment to fostering the growth of the students and providing them with practical hands-on experience is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your continuous support, and we look forward to nurturing this partnership and exploring opportunities to further collaborate.