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EconLab FAQs

Learn more about the EconLab through frequently-asked questions:

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Who should apply to positions at the EconLab?

The EconLab is directed towards Economic majors, primarily, but not exclusively, in their junior and seniors years.  Some positions may be appropriate for qualified first-year and sophomore students.  It can be particularly useful if you are considering a career as a researcher. Carefully check the requirements before you apply for a position.

How does the selection process work?

We will review all the applications. Faculty will contact a selected set of applicants for a short interview (by phone or in person). This will be a good time to discuss the details of the position, scheduling, etc. to see if there is a potential match.

When will I know if I have been selected?

We will fill positions on a rolling basis. For the EconLab RA positions, we will try to notify you before the quarter starts.  For the one-off tasks, professors might contact you at any time during the quarter, to see if you are interested/available in helping out with a particular project.

I don’t have enough time during the quarter. Can I still apply?

It is important that you make sure you have the time, so that you do not overcommit for the quarter! The EconLab positions require a minimum of 10 hours per week. This is a high commitment, and therefore it should be considered only by students who are serious about making this regular, on-going commitment. You can still apply to perform smaller tasks as a research assistant; just join the general database and specify you are only interested in smaller assignments.

I would like to be an EconLab research assistant during the summer. Is it possible?

Yes! The EconLab also offers summer opportunities. Be on the lookout for them during Spring quarter.

Can I work at the EconLab more than one quarter?

Yes, EconLab research assistants can work on a project for several quarters, and also in the summer.  This would be a good thing, as you will be able to better understand the project and build more skills.  However, make sure you have the necessary availability before commiting for the next quarter.

Do I get paid to work at the EconLab?

Professors will give you more details on each position once they contact you.  Compensation may differ depending on the professor, the task or the project.

I really want to work on a project. Can I contact the professor directly?

To make the process as efficient as possible, it is best that you just join the general database.   Feel free to add more information or comments in the last part of the application.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Contact us at econba@northwestern.edu if you have more questions.
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