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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying economics.


As a global center of finance and technology, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to a wide range of corporations, financial institutions, and public agencies that employ economists. This provides economics students at Mills with ample opportunity to gain practical experience through internships with organizations such as:

  • Analysis Group
  • Bank of the West
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Credit Suisse
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Reserve
  • Google
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Senior Thesis

Economics majors complete their studies with an independent research project, using the tools of economic analysis to investigate contemporary issues. Recent senior theses have explored the following topics:

  • The Economic Impact of Hosting Refugees
  • Fast Fashion: For Better or Worse? The Impact of Fast Fashion on Developing and Developed Economies
  • The Economic and Environmental Benefits Behind Bringing the Wolves Home to Yellowstone
  • The Copycat Market: Art Forgery and Its Effect on the Art Market
  • Homelessness: Determinants, Duration, and Policy
What Can I Do with an Economics Degree from Mills?

Majoring in economics develops your analytic, mathematical, written, and oral communication skills, which are valuable in many different settings. In recent years, graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

Associate Health Data Analyst
Blue Shield of California

Fund Asset Analyst
Clean Power Finance

Chief Executive Officer

Financial Institution Examiner
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Strategic Program Manager

Investment Operations Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Teach for America

Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Illinois

City and County of San Francisco

Vice President
Compass Lexecon

Video Game Producer
Electronic Arts

Business Growth and Marketing Consultant

Portfolio Manager
Northern Trust

Pacific Gas & Electric

Financial Data Analyst
University of California, San Francisco