Best Courses for an Undergraduate Economics Major to Get a Job as an Undergrad Research Assistant?

Hello, I am an undergraduate junior majoring in economics and minoring in mathematics. I want to be an undergraduate research assistant during the summer or part-time during the upcoming semesters. I want to focus on the fields of extreme poverty, global health, and foreign affairs.

Fall 2022 is my first semester as a junior in economics at a 4-year college. I just graduated from my community college in August, so my completed economics courses are limited.

Here are all the economic and mathematics courses I will have completed in my academic career by the end of this semester: Intro to Macroeconomics, Intro to Microeconomics, Statistical Methods, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations),

These are the courses I can take in the Spring 2023 semester:

  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

  • Introduction to econometrics

  • Economic Development

  • Money & Banking

  • Behavioral Economics

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Linear Algebra

I can only take 3 courses next semester due to my (unrelated) work and long commute. Which 3 courses should an undergraduate junior majoring in economics and minoring in mathematics took to best prepare them for an undergraduate economics research assistance position? And what 3 courses will best stand out to employers? Especially in said fields of interest in extreme poverty, global health, and foreign affairs.

Thank you!

(I see the other EA undergraduates (even those academically a year below me) have a leg up due to their Ivy League or prestigious universities having more internship and part-time opportunities available within their institutions. I’ve applied to nearby internships, research, and part-time opportunities at Columbia, NYU, Council on Foreign Relations, etc., and don’t even get a rejection email back. I can see why though: It’s a safer bet to choose applicants from said prestigious universities than a recent community college graduate. Due to this, I’m considering leaving Rutgers-Newark to at least Rutgers-New Brunswick in the Fall of 2023 and applying to prestigious universities for the Fall of 2023 semester. If you can’t beat them, join them.

I would really appreciate the advice as I’m trying my best to get into EA careers and causes (mentioned in my bio), I know 80k says these are easier to attain if you go to a top school, but due to my financial and personal ordeals, I didn’t apply after high school or community college. But I’m still trying to remain optimistic and plan to dedicate my career to the most good I can do!)