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WHO WE ARE

 

The Penn State University Economics Association (est. 1968) is an organization of students with a passion for economics, who wish to grow both academically and professionally outside of the classroom. We enrich the educational experience of our members with academic presentations, written publications, economic simulations, and various other activities. We prepare our members for post-graduation by offering career fair preparation, improving resumés, and connecting them with companies.

The Association offers leadership opportunities and experience in planning events and communicating in a team. Overall, we provide our members with an environment where they can meet people who share their interests, make new friends, and succeed at Penn State and beyond. 

 

Our Accomplishments 

 

We are proud of our accomplishments and hope to make this the best year yet by strengthening the programming and relationship with alumni, faculty, other organizations, recruiters, and most importantly, our members. At the end of the day, the PSUEA’s mission is to serve our members. We hope that this organization offers students a network within the larger Economics Department at Penn State.  

During the 2017-2018 academic year the Association:

  • Had approximately 150 dues paying members with nearly 60 in a position of leadership within the Association

  • Managed a $22,000 budget

  • Received funding and support throughout the year from the Department of Economics, College of the Liberal Arts, Paterno Fellows Program, and the Schreyer Honors College

  • Hosted the annual “Great Debate” with 800+ student attendees in Eisenhower Auditorium

  • Held Fall and Spring Business Mixers with corporate recruiters, with a combined student attendance of 300+

  • Organized a Fall trip to New York City to visit Goldman Sachs, Compass Lexecon, and AlphaSights

  • Organized a Spring trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Treasury, Brookings Institution, and CATO Institute

  • Conducted educational presentations on various economic topics

  • Produced the student publication, The Optimal Bundle, run by the Association’s Print Education Committee

  • Hosted study sessions and provided tutoring for members and students in the Department

  • Arranged networking opportunities for our members including alumni Skype calls, graduate school panels, and professor meet and greets

  • Participated in philanthropy events in the State College community including THON, Shaver’s Creek, and State College High School

 

Upcoming events

FAQs

When and where are meetings held?

Our weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 8pm in 160 Willard Building on campus.  

What can I expect at meetings?

Every meeting is a little different, but we regularly have academic presentations, current event discussions, economic simulations, and guest speakers including alumni, recruiters, and professors.

Do I have to be an Economics major to join?

Not at all. While many of our members are students in the Economics Department, we have a diverse range of students with different backgrounds and interests. As long as you have an interest in Economics, we hope you’ll find a home with us!

Can I become a member in the middle of the semester?

Of course! Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting at any time.  

Are there networking opportunities?

Yes! Each semester the Association holds a Business Mixer where we invite recruiters from a variety of industries to campus to network with our members. Additionally, we hold Information Sessions with recruiters, have an alumni mentoring program, and plan company networking trips to both New York City and Washington, D.C.

Are there leadership position opportunities?

The Executive Board (President, VP of Communications, VP of Education, VP of Finance, VP of Outreach, and VP of Research) is elected at the end of each Spring semester. Each of the Vice Presidents have Committee Coordinators (year long positions) that are hired shortly after the Executive Board is elected in the Spring. Those Coordinators then hire Associates (semester long positions) during the Fall and Spring semesters. To learn more about these Committees and view open positions, please visit the Apply section of our website.

Does the Association offer tutoring?

While we do not have a formal tutoring program, the Association hosts regular study sessions and can help match you with a student that would be interested in tutoring you. For more information, please contact communications@psuea.org.  

How can I stay updated on upcoming events and latest news?

We’re glad you asked! To sign up for our weekly newsletter, please visit www.psuea.org/join or fill out the form below.  

Who can I reach out to if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to use the contact form on this site or email communications@psuea.org. 

 
 

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