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Summer Internship in Regulatory Economics

Submitted by Erin Booker on Wed, 11/14/2018 - 6:06pm

The Summer Internship in Regulatory Economics has been placing interested and well-qualified students in jobs related to regulation since 2000. (You’ve probably heard of the IO stream internships — this is that program.)

Summer 2020 will be the program’s 21st anniversary, and over the past two decades, students have been placed at a large number of different organizations and firms including:

    • Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
    • Alliance Pipeline
    • ATCO
    • Department of Energy, Alberta
    • Capital Power
    • Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA)
    • ENMAX
    • Enbridge
    • EPCOR
    • Kinder Morgan
    • National Energy Board
    • TransCanada Energy and TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL)
    • Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
    • Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA), and
    • TELUS

In 2018, five students were granted internships, earning placements at the AESO, Analysis Group (in Montreal), the AUC, the UCA, and TCPL.

In 2019, six students were granted internships, earning placements at ATCO Electricity Generation, the MSA, Chymko Consulting, Enbridge Pipelines Inc., and Capital Power.

What will you gain?

The students in this program develop considerable expertise in regulatory economics and industrial organization, especially those that have completed all three courses in the industrial organization sequence (ECON 471, 477, and 571) and have experience in performing and writing economic analysis (ECON 477 and 571 both have extensive writing requirements with detailed feedback and instruction). Students are often able to leverage their internship into full-time employment in regulatory economics.

Eligibility criteria

For students to be eligible for the Summer Internship in Regulatory Economics program, they must have completed the senior courses in industrial organization (ECON 471) and regulatory economics (ECON 477), three years of studies, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 over their last 15 courses and in the required course sequence in industrial organization.

Recommended courses include a course in Excel (ECON 311), econometrics (ECON 495), and the economics of competition policy (ECON 571).

How and when can you apply?

The application deadline is usually in early January and involves submitting a letter of interest and resume to Dr. Jeffrey Church — email your application package to jrchurch@ucalgary.ca.

In addition, some placements also require that students simultaneously apply directly.

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