Student Engagement

There exists great potential for economic development professionals to work with their student population in furthering their institution’s economic development enterprise. Be it from student entrepreneurship or community-oriented efforts undertaken by student clubs and organizations, students have long been contributing to community and economic development in their own unique ways. By working with students, economic development professionals can concurrently:

  1. Contribute to their institution’s educational experience;
  2. Bolster campus visibility and awareness of university-led economic development;
  3. Cultivate a culture of economic engagement;
  4. Play a role in equipping the next generation with skills needed to be successful and competitive in the 21st century knowledge-based economy.

To date, there has been little conversation around how university economic development professionals can interact with the student body. The University Economic Development Association is committed to helping members develop strategies around student engagement. Interactions can come in a myriad of ways ranging from giving simple presentations to student organizations and classrooms, creating internship programs within economic development offices, or building elaborate relationships with student affairs departments on your campus.

Explore the available resources to find ways to nurture student engagement on your campus related to university-based economic development.

Student Internships & Fellowships

Gather valuable insight from student perspectives and enrich their education by offering a unique internship or fellowship experience in offices around campus addressing economic development and related topics. Here are a few examples of institutions and organizations that offer such opportunities.

  1. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)  – APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) allows interns to engage with university-based economic development. CICEP was created to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officers and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institutions’ work in local and regional economic development.
  2. Council on Competitiveness – The Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization, composed of peer corporate CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors with a mission of spurring economic vitality in the U.S.
  3. Fourth Economy – Internships at Fourth Economy offer the chance to work with a young and dynamic firm that practices a comprehensive and progressive approach to economic and community development. No filing or making coffee – just great, real-world experience.
  4. University Innovation Fellowship – NSF-funded program operated by Stanford University and VentureWell (formally NCIIA) aimed at helping students cultivate ecosystems supporting innovation and entrepreneurship on their campuses.
  5. University of Southern California Stevens Innovation Intern Program – The USC Stevens Innovation Intern Program offers a competitive paid internship to graduate students who wish to gain experience in technology transfer, technology assessment, market research, and new venture planning.
  6. White House Office of Science & Technology Policy – An internship at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy will enable students to engage with innovation and technology policy at the federal level.
  7. NIH Technology Transfer Internship – The NIH Office of Technology Transfer is responsible for patenting, marketing, and licensing technologies resulting from basic research done at NIH and the FDA. The NIH’s technology transfer operations is one of the largest in the world.
  8. IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute Fellowship – This two-year fellowship provides recent bachelor’s degree recipients with a unique opportunity to conduct research for the White House on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology policy areas including issues related to innovation and competitiveness.
  9. Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation Internship The CTI focuses on delivering research that impacts public debate and policymaking in the arena of U.S. and global technology innovation.
  10. International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Internship – IEDC offers an extensive internship program for graduate and undergraduate students for summer, fall and spring semesters. Our internships are organized into two different categories: technical and communications/marketing.
  11. New York City Economic Development Center Internship – NYCEDC hosts undergraduate and graduate students for 10-12 week paid internships. Interns are placed within individual departments where they contribute to a variety of economic initatives. Interns can also look forward to attending an educational seminar series in addition to events sponsored by the City Government Internship Program.
  12. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) University Partnerships Internship – HUD’s Office of University Partnerships was established to expand the growing number of partnerships formed between colleges and universities and their communities. The office facilitates the formation of campus-community partnerships that enable students, faculty, and neighborhood organizations to work together to revitalize the economy, generate jobs, and rebuild healthy communities. Students interested in federal government and government-university-community partnerships will gain a unique internship experience.

Academic Programs

Prepare the next generation for the future of higher education and its partners. Design, develop, and promote degree and certificate programs that support students and young professionals interested in economic development fields (public and private sector). Do you have a program you would like to be listed here? Please contact Tim Hindes at

Public Policy:

Georgia Tech
Carnegie Mellon University
UNC-Chapel Hill 

City & Regional Planning:

Georgia Tech
UNC-Chapel Hill

Higher Education Administration:

University of Georgia


Georgia Tech

Technology transfer:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Economic Development graduate programs:

Pennsylvania State University
Vanderbilt University
University of Southern Mississippi
Southern New Hampshire University
University of Houston- Victoria
University of Central Arkansas

Economic development certificate programs:

IEDC Certification
Economic Development Finance Professional Certificate
Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma
Colorado State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Southern Mississippi
Fresco State University

Student Blog

Are you currently a student interested or engaged with university-based economic development? We’d love for you to share your experiences, insights, and ideas with the UEDA community. Submit a blog post (300-500 words) via our “Submit a News Story” form, and we will share it with our members and the public. For any additional questions, comments, or inquiries regarding other engagement opportunities, contact Tim Hindes at We look forward to hearing from you!

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University Economic Development Association
PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

216.200.UEDA (8332)