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
Money & Banking
Probability and Statistics
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.
(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!)