Economics - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
Capstone Courses / Independent Study
Use the capstone course to integrate what you have learned, reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield, and visualize where your path will lead you next. The course is also usually a chance to sharpen research skills, strengthen a portfolio, and make fresh connections among courses and experiences.
Start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use classwork, internships, summer work and potential independent studies to further your interest.
In Leon (Nicaragua), as well as cities in other developing countries,the coverage of water pipeline system is high and most of the households have permanent access to the pipeline. However, the coverage percentage does not reflect the real service quality. The supply of water is not stable with a high probability of water cut. In response to system unreliability, households store water at home using different facilities, from simple and low capacity facilities such as barrels and bottles to permanent and high capacity facilities such as metal tanks. The study aims at quantifying this burden on households... We found that households invest almost 1% of their income in water storing facilities. System unreliability (measured as daily service hours) and income seem to be the main determinants of water storing at home. Dr. Vasquez and I are currently writing the paper and plan to submit to some journals for publication consideration. - Hanh Thi Tong '10; Economics
Line Up References
Finalize 3+ professors from Economics and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance.
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and take classroom skills and apply them to the real world.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Economics majors.