Opportunities in Economics


Rosenfield Program Internships

Each year, the Rosenfield Program sponsors mentored summer internships in the area of public affairs, international relations, and human rights.

For more information, please visit the Rosenfield Program or contact Barbara Trish, Rosenfield Program chair.

Global Development Studies Internships

Each year, the Global Development Studies Concentration sponsors mentored summer internships in developmental economics.

For more information, please visit the Global Development Studies Concentration or contact Leif Brottem, global development studies chair.

Environmental Studies Internships

Each year, the Environmental Studies Concentration sponsors mentored summer internships in the environmental and resource economics.

For more information, please visit the Environmental Studies Concentration or contact Andrew M. Graham, environmental studies chair.

Departmental Awards

Gilbert DeBartolo ’69 Memorial Prize in Economics

Gilbert DeBartolo worked with Professor Robert Haveman to write a paper that subsequently was published in the American Economic Review. DeBartolo viewed that experience of doing mentored original research as one of the highlights of his Grinnell career. After his untimely death, his family established the Gilbert DeBartolo Award to recognize students who take advantage of similar opportunities to do supervised original research and whose quality we hope is recognized beyond the campus.

For more information, please contact the Economics Department Chair Eric Ohrn.

Award Recipients

  • 2023: Mary Jane Uzzi, Jiayi Chen, David Dai
  • 2022: Nicholas Campion, Neel Lal, Tallulah Pellisier Lloyd
  • 2021: Saketan Anand, Devansh Chandgothia, Hunter Treschl
  • 2020: Pranjal Drall
  • 2019: Emma Foulkes, Cora Touchstone
  • 2018: Josh Ball, Duy Duong 
  • 2017: Noah Sebek
  • 2016: Victor Ghazal, Beau Bressler
  • 2015: Edison Liu, Ben Doehr
  • 2014: Tamara Grbusic
  • 2013: Anh Mai Bui, Daniel Nellis
  • 2012: Isaac Garcia Molina
  • 2011: Sam Redlitz
  • 2010: Ryan Boehm
  • 2009: Ritadhi Chakravarti, Jelal Younes
  • 2008: Dhiren Patki
  • 2007: Michael Gideon
  • 2006: Matthew Johnshoy, Ben Wallenberg
  • 2005: Raicho Bojilov
  • 2004: Gabriela Dobrescu
  • 2002: Katharine Anderson, Andrea Gelatt
  • 1999: Syed Fazle Faisal
  • 1998: Mark Burkhead
  • 1996: Bruce D. Friedrich
  • 1995: Rupesh Pradhan
  • 1994: Jesse B. Messitte
  • 1993: Devendra Saharia
  • 1992: A. Minnie Alexander
  • 1991: David Hammond

Horn-Theophilus Award

The Horn-Theophilus Award was established by the class of 1951 to recognize and pay tribute to two of its members, Willard Horn and David Theophilus, who died in action as Marine Corps officers during the Korean War. The class of 1951 honors the service of these two economics majors and wants to recognize graduating economics majors who have made service to others a part of their Grinnell College career and who plan to maintain that commitment in the future.

To nominate someone, please fill out the Horn-Theophilus Award nomination form.

Award Recipients

  • 2023: Mary Jane Uzzi, Jivyaa Vaidya, Jiayi Chen, Dean Mazlish
  • 2022: Ashton Aveling, Stella Schaefer-Brown
  • 2021: Tess Kerkhof
  • 2020: Regina Logan
  • 2019: Not awarded
  • 2018: Carson Dunn 
  • 2017: Evelyn Weidman, Eva Lilienfeld
  • 2016: Alethea Cook, Suha Gillani, and Inara Tareque
  • 2015: Doug Anderson, Natalie Duncombe
  • 2014: Chrissy Swartz, Kaydi-Ann Newsome
  • 2013: Noah Most, Ishan Bhadkamkar
  • 2012: Anna-Lisa Bowans, Joe Maloney, Gabe Schechter
  • 2011: Anuraag Bhadana and Gayatri Jayal
  • 2010: Ethan Struby
  • 2009: Nmachi Jidenma, Jeffrey Raderstrong
  • 2008: Joana Ofori-Addo, Megan Goering
  • 2007: Deyo Johnson
  • 2006: Laura Chesnut, Yvonne Palm
  • 2005: Drew Blackman, Anne I. Salomon
  • 2004: Jessica Beckwith
  • 2003: Mirabelle Moreaux

Award for Academic Excellence in Economics

Presented to the student or students with the highest GPA in economics classes after their 3rd year who have taken at least 5 economics courses.

Award Recipients

  • 2023: Gen Fukuhara, Simon Taye

Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

More information: Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.

More information: Marshall Scholarships

Application: Marshall Scholarship Application

Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

More information: Mitchell Scholarships

Application: Mitchell Scholarship Applications

Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

More information: Rhodes Scholar

Application: Applying for the Rhodes Scholarship

Activities and Organizations


The Economics Student Education Personal Committee (SEPC) helps the department coordinate activities for economics majors and other interested students. The SEPC plans information sessions about the major as well as social opportunities for students to interact, including pub nights and an annual departmental picnic. Current membership of the SEPC includes:

  • Simon Hodson ’24
  • Maximilian Worth ’24
  • Cady Ngo ’25
  • David Eason ’24
  • Elina Keswani ’24
  • Utsah Kalra ’25
  • Alair Ferguson Hautzinger ’25
  • Vinicius Ono Sant’anna ’24

Towards the end of each academic year, a new SEPC is elected among economics majors; interested students should contact the department chair or current members of the SEPC for more information.

Student Mentors

Student mentors have worked with several classes to provide hands-on assistance with data-intensive tasks and projects. For example, mentors are working with several Introduction to Economics classes with general problem sets.

Positions are posted to Handshake (login required).

Pioneer Capital Investments

The purpose of Pioneer Capital Investments is to educate students. They bring in guest speakers such as professors, alumni, and other people from around the community who have experience in finance, accounting, investment management, and mathematics. For more information, visit their website or email Pioneer Capital Investments.

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG)

The SEG “is a nonprofit microfinance organization in the town of Grinnell, Iowa, USA. SEG seeks to strengthen the economic well-being of those who are impacted by the forces of poverty, or who lack access to traditional financial institutions.”

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