September 12, 2016
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Economics Department Newsletter
About The Newsletter:

This is the first edition of the Economics Department Newsletter for the 2016-17 academic year. The newsletter is emailed approximately weekly during the academic year and is a way to alert you to what's happening in the economics department.

You are receiving this if you are an Economics or Political Economy major or faculty member, if you have shown an interest in the field by taking a class in either department this semester, or if you submitted a subscribe request.  The option to unsubscribe is always located at the bottom of the page.
Economics Fall Pizza Social
Tuesday, September 13
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Schapiro 129
Join professors and other students for pizza, drinks and activities. All welcome.

Econ Student Advisory Committee (ESAC) Meeting
Thursday, September 15
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Paresky Center, Leutkmeyer Lounge
Learn more about ESAC at the first organizational meeting of the semester.
Like the
ESAC Facebook page.

CDE Development Dialogue:  "Economics of the Family in Developing Countries"
Friday, September 16
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CDE dining room
Kate Ambler (Class of 2005)
of the International Food Policy Research Institute will present. 
[Lunch will be provided. Due to space limitations, please RSVP to by 11:00am on Thursday, September 15.]
CDE Seminar:  "Cash Transfers and Crop Production in Senegal"
Friday, September 16
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffin 6

Kate Ambler (Class of 2005) of the International Food Policy Research Institute will present.
Economics Resource Center:                                                                       

The ERC offers student tutoring for ECON 110 and 120 and will be open all semester starting this week:
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sundays:  Schapiro 137 & 141
Mondays:  Schapiro 129 & 141
Thursdays:  Schapiro 137 & 141
On-Campus Employment Opportunities:

Hiring On-Campus Research Assistants
"Prof. Godlonton is looking to hire several students to contribute to ongoing research projects. Students will work in one of two research working groups. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of five hours of work per week, including regularly scheduled group meetings. Students with a documented interest in development economics and an interest in learning more about the research process are encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required for some positions. Special skills for some positions include: fluency in Arabic, French, and/or Chinese; experience with Stata. To apply, please complete the following Google form by 5PM September 16th. Only selected students will be notified. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Godlonton at

On-Campus Recruiting:

Cornerstone Research
Full-Time Analyst and Summer Analyst positions
Information Session: Thursday, September 15;  8:00pm - 9:00pm in Grifffin 3
Job and Internship Fair:  Friday, September 23;  11:00am - 3:00pm in Chandler Gymnasium

Cornerstone is currently recruiting all majors to "work across industries including antitrust, healthcare, intellectual property, and securities."  More information can be found on their flyer.  Applicants are asked to submit their materials through the Career Center and Cornerstone website (linked above).  Deadline:  September 20, 2016 


External Internships and Employment Opportunities:

Spring 2017 Internship Program
Office of Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury Department

Students with extensive writing and research skills and an interest in economics, public policy or academic research are encouraged to apply for this internship program.  More information can be found hereApplication deadline: November 10, 2016

Director's Financial Analyst
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

CFPB will be accepting applications here from September 16 - September 20, 2016 for a "two-year rotational fellowship [that] sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau.  Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping to make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans."


8th Massachusetts Green Careers Conference & Career Fair
September 29, 2016
Worcester DCU Center

More information and registration details are available on their website.
Opportunities to Publish Economic Research:

Yale Undergraduate Journal of Economics and Politics
The Yale UJEP publishes articles related to economics and political science and is currently accepting submissions of topical subject matter (research papers, essays, articles and theses written for a class or independent project) of any length. The inaugural edition is scheduled to be released in November 2016:

"Published work can give students a big leg up in the hunt for fellowships, internships, and jobs. With an online format that will be easily accessible worldwide, we will provide a unique platform for authors to share their ideas with readers at universities, think tanks, and government agencies... We will send a copy out to academic departments and organizations around the country in order to maximize the exposure of our author's work."
Please submit work through their
website. Deadline: October 14, 2016

Meet the Alum:  Jen (Jejo) Sleeper
"I have been working at Walt Disney Co for the past 9 years, since I graduated Williams in 2007.  I started as an intern at Parks and Resorts in Florida, setting prices on food and other edibles for all Walt Disney Theme Parks.  There was a lot of economics involved with that role, including price elasticity analysis and managing volume and mix.

A few years back, I transitioned over to Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, where I still am today.  I manage our animated feature film budgets and help our filmakers plan how to make their movies.  I worked on Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero Six, and most recently became Production Finance Lead on Zootopia.

I can thank Williams for providing me with the education I needed to navigate this career path. I use my economics here on a daily basis, putting together plans for our producers to manage to, so that we come in on budget. 
There are plenty of perks to working at Disney Animation: one is getting to hold the Oscars when we win them and the other is getting to enter contests when the Studio holds them: In 2009, I became Donald Duck's official Portrait Artist.  (I paint as a hobby and had entered my portrait of Donald Duck.)"

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