Fruth Summer Research and Internship Programs


The Fruth Summer Research Fellowship

The Department of Economics offers summer research fellowships to students interested in developing and working on research over the summer under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Past summer research fellows have studied the following topics:

  • Estimating the Effect of Veteran Status on the Gender Wage Differential
  • The Labor Supply Elasticities of Married Women in the U.S. from 2012 to 2014
  • The Determinants of Chinese Household Saving During 1978-2012
  • An Opportunity Overlooked?  Foreign Trade between the United States and East Asia, 1865-1914
  • Get In or Get Out:  Does Financial Liberalization of Banking Sector Have Impact on China's Economic Growth?
  • Demand Estimation for the Price of Electricity: An Econometric Study of Price and Income Elasticities for Electricity in Mexico


The Fruth Summer Internships in Economics and Public Policy

The Department of Economics offers funding for summer internships with government and non-profit organizations.  These opportunities allow students to use their economic and quantitative reasoning skills to support the work of these organizations while also gaining experience that will assist them discerning their longer-term career interests. 

Previous interns have worked with the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota Budget Project, the Minnesota Housing Partnership, and Wilder Research.  Students in these internships have been able to explore diverse topics including the post-incarceration employment patterns of ex-convicts, the potential impacts of changes in minimum wage laws, the effect of apartment conversation projects on housing affordability, the long-term dynamics of non-profit success and failure, and the rates of return of non-profit projects and programs. 


Announcements of applications for this program are made in fall of each academic year.