Internships and Careers

As an economics major at Lake Forest College, you’ll have access to one-on-one career support throughout and after graduation. A wealth of career options opens up with a degree in economics. We’ll help you pick the path that’s best for you.

Join our economics graduates in success

100% of Class of 2021 economics majors are pursuing chosen opportunities within 6 months after graduation. 84% of the class of 2021 reported landing a job within six months of graduation, while the other 16% are continuing their education.

84% employed, 16% continuing education
people in a boardroom working

One Major, Multiple Paths

A degree in economics can open up a variety of opportunities. Here's a sample of job titles our newest graduates have held in the last five years:

  • Accountant
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Associate Consultant
  • Client Coordinator
  • Digital and Social Media Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Inside Sales Associate
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Recruiter/Talent Coordinator
  • Rotational Credit Analyst

Where our graduates land

Our students have completed an internship or landed a job with high-profile organizations in and beyond Chicago.

Our most recent graduates have interned at or joined the ranks of these companies in the last five years:

  • Allstate
  • CIBC
  • Credit Suisse
  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Medline Industries
  • Morgan Stanley
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Walgreens Corporate
  • Wintrust

Advancing their studies

Economics graduates have also furthered their studies through graduate programs across the country. We set our students up for success so they can enroll in diverse programs such as this sample of degrees pursued by recent graduates: 

  • MBA (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Booth School of Business, University of Chicago) 
  • PhD in Economics (Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rice University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Wyoming, University of Virginia) 
  • MA in Public Policy (University of Chicago) 
  • Master of Finance (Case Western Reserve University) 
  • MS in Data Science (Northwestern University) 
  • Juris Doctor (Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law; Loyola University School of Law; Northern Illinois University College of Law) 
The Liberal Arts Advantage

A Lake Forest College education is built for the future. All students are equipped with the most sought-after professional skills: writing, speaking, critical thinking, and an understanding of human society and cultures. Our interdisciplinary curriculum sets our graduates apart as competitive and uniquely qualified candidates who are eager to take on the challenges presented in today's professional world. Learn more about how our students turn their passions into a career on our Success Stories and Outcomes page.

Natalia Leite
I couldn't feel more prepared to start my professional career. Through all my courses, the outstanding professors and faculty, and the great events and opportunities, Lake Forest College has provided me with all the tools to succeed in the future.
Natalia Leite '23, Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs
As an actuary, risk management is a huge part of my job. The economics major really helped to prepare me for this, especially through lessons on cost/benefit analysis. The small class sizes and personal relationships I was able to form with professors have proven to be very useful in my career. I am more effectively able to communicate ideas to coworkers, and I am better able to work in a team.
Rachel Syverud ’23, Pricing Actuary at Allstate

These journeys aren't the only way to make it at Lake Forest College. Our career pathways offer a multitude of different ways to take advantage of the education here as well as the opportunities after graduation. 

Our economics graduates...

Demonstrate the fundamentals

of macroeconomic and microeconomic theories

Program and estimate regression equations

using sophisticated software

Identify and respond to problems

with logical analysis and mindfulness of context

Test the validity of economic theories

using data on a large scale

Networking and Career Preparation

Our students have opportunities to engage with professionals working in various fields of interest and build meaningful connections before graduation. 

Lake Forest College students don't only get a fantastic education, but also hone applicable skills that employers are seeking in candidates. 

Our career counselors ensure that our students are well prepared for whatever path they choose. 

At Lake Forest College, you will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from a multitude of fields. 

Like what you see? 

Arrange a campus visit to see what Lake Forest has to offer in person. You'll be able to talk with professors, students, and get a taste for what Lake Forest has to offer your career. 

Contact the Gorter Family Career Center

Pathway Leader

Marie Josephitis
Business, Finance, and Data Science Career Pathway Leader

General Contact

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center
256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus

Career Pathways

Economics majors most often find a home in the Business, Finance, and Data Science Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.