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Experiences & Opportunities


Jonathan Powers

Assistant Professor & Chair of Economics

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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3 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Use economics to explore big (and small) issues.

All economics majors undertake original research, whether it's part of a class, senior seminar, independent study, or Honors project. Sometimes, that research is focused on big issues, like airline pricing, teenage pregnancy rates across states, or life expectancies across countries. Other research is pretty narrow—like a comparison of beer pricing in Galesburg. Here are a few projects our students have recently completed:

  • "Chinese Housing Market Bubbles," Nade Kang '14.
  • "Perfecting the Ultimatum Game," Sam Frank, '12.
  • "Microfinance and Economic Growth," Sara Ahmed, '12.
  • "Case Study of a Local Non-Profit," Carly Kirven, '11.

2. Study with some of the leading thinkers in your field.

There are many off-campus programs for students interested in studying economics. You can intern with a startup while living in Chicago with the Entrepreneurship Program, learn about international job market studying at the University of Copenhagen, or explore the industrial life of Europe with the London School of Economics.

3. Explore life after Knox through an internship.

A few of our students' recent internships (many found with the assistance from the Bastian Family Career Center) include:

  • Research Intern, Myanmar Scholarship Alumni Association, Nay Pwi Taw, Myanmar, Srichandra Masabathula '16.
  • Software Development Intern, DocuWrx LLC, Tampa, Florida, Gayoung Moon '15.
  • Fixed Income Credit Analyst Intern, Mesirow Financial, Chicago, Illinois, Chanda Harrell '15.
  • Sustainable Business Intern, Illinois Green Business Association, Galesburg, Illinois, Anushree Kedia '15.
  • ACA Analyst, Oakland Psychological Clinic, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Lissa Mann '15.
  • Public Relations Intern, Fleishman Hillard, Beijing, People's Republic of China, Sharon Chen '14.
  • Business Intern, ComEd, Oakbrook, Illinois, Kavya Pillutla '14.
  • Research Analyst, United Nations Development Program, Kathmadu, Nepal, Prajwal Tuladhar '14.

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