September 20, 2016
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Economics Department Newsletter
Study Away Fair
Wednesday, September 21
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Paresky Center

"Sophomores and Interested Faculty:  Over 40 program reps will be here. Stop in and see us at the Williams International Education and Study Away table: WEPO, Williams-Mystic, Winter Study 99 and Financial Aid."
    - Office of Intl Edu & Study Away

2016 Job and Internship Fair
Friday, September 23
11:00am - 3:00pm
Chandler Gymnasium
For summaries of the participants, please see here.
On-Campus Employment Opportunity:
Computer TA for Economics Departmentto assist with updating information posted on the department web site (, maintaining the department's working paper series ( and and improving online visibility of the department and communication with those interested in department activities. Prior experience with web development (Wordpress and html) and skills editing files, doing FTP file transfers and simple file operations in a Unix/Linux environment would be helpful, but training will be provided as necessary.  This position will last until May 2017 for a strong candidate.

Please submit a brief letter or email expressing interest in the position along with a resume or summary of relevant experience to by Friday, September 30.


On-Campus Recruiting:
The D.E. Shaw Group will be at the Career Fair on September 23 and encourages students to stop by and learn more about full-time and internship roles.


External Employment Opportunities:
Research Assistants
National Bureau of Economic Research

Full-time positions available with four Harvard professors beginning in Summer 2017;  one-year commitment required.

Research Analysts
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

"Research Analysts play an integral role in both the policy and research functions of the Research and Statistics Group.  Our economists, whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics, work closely with Research Analysts... Research Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity."  Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 15 via their website.

Research Assistants
Federal Reserve Board
"While at the Board, RAs work closely with economists and analysts on a broad range of topics covering real-world policy issues and academic-type research."  More details here.  Deadline:  September 30 for fall recruiting season;  January 31 for spring recruiting season

Information on summer internships

Associate Economists (AEs)
Chicago Fed
This position, to start in Summer 2017, is "structured as a rigorous two to three year research assistantship meant to provide empirical and theoretical skills in preparation for graduate school."  Job posting and online application
The Horizons Fellowship:
"The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become tomorrow's leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Our full-stack Javascript curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce, Optimizely, and D.E. Shaw engineers, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop applications. We have a 4-month spring program and a 3-month summer program in San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia.  Our program requires no formal computer science background.
Application Process/Criteria:

     - Currently enrolled in an undergrad or graduate university program  
     - Submission of resume and standardized test scores on website.
     - Series of fit and technical interviews
     - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis"
Undergraduate Opportunities to Publish Research:
Columbia Undergraduate Law Review
This journal of undergraduate legal scholarship based at Columbia University is accepting submissions of "research articles, senior theses, and essays embracing a wide range of topics and viewpoints related to the field of law" for its Fall 2016 issue.  Submissions from undergraduates in any major, track, or class year are welcome. Past journals are available here.  Please view their guidelines and submit materials via their website.  Deadline: October 1, 2016 at 11:55pm

Meet the Alum: 
Felix Owusu , Class of 2011
"I decided to study economics at Williams because I had a strong interest in pursuing academic research about issues of social and economic justice.  While I also explored this interest through coursework in a variety of departments and extracurricular activities, I knew that the rigor and versatility of the economics major would best prepare me with the skills and knowledge I needed to have an impact.  Since graduating I have worked as part of several research teams, including at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and in each of these roles I leveraged the economic and quantitative skills I developed as an Econ major to perform rigorous research and inform policy-making decisions.  I am currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University, where I am focusing on economic research methodologies as applied to pressing social policy issues.  I look forward to a career of using economic research to help address poverty and inequality across the U.S., and thanks largely to the strong foundation and connections I developed as a Williams Econ major I am closer to that goal than ever before.

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University. I decided to study economics at Williams because I was interested in doing research on issues of social and economic justice. I knew that the rigor and versatility of the economics major would best prepare me with the skills and knowledge I needed to have an impact. I look forward to a career of using economics to address poverty and inequality across the U.S."

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