Fall 2020 Opportunities – Week 1


Economics Student Association (ESA) is​ ​an​ ​academic​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​student​ ​organization.​ ​We​ ​strive ​to​ ​create​ ​opportunities​ ​and experiences​ ​for​ ​our​ ​members​ ​and prepare them to become​ ​leading​ ​business​ ​professionals.​ ​We ​help​ ​to​ ​make professional​ ​contacts,​ ​provide​ ​academic​ ​support,​ ​present​ ​speakers,​ ​and​ ​sponsor​ ​trips​ ​to​ ​various​ ​employment hubs including Chicago and New York.​ ​This​ ​organization​ ​is​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to​ ​economic​ ​students​ ​and is open to​anyone​ ​with​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​economics.​ ​

ESA​ ​also hosts​ ​social​ ​events​ ​for​ ​members​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​one​ ​another​ ​and​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​people​ ​who​ ​share​ ​common interests. Our fall 2020 kickoff will be Monday, September 14th at 6 p.m. via BBCollaborate; the link will be sent out beforehand to our email list.

If you have any questions or interest in being added to our email list, please contact esauwmadison@gmail.com.  Follow @esauwmadison on Instagram to see some of our events and get to know our organization. We are so excited to meet you!

After changing my major from biology, I didn’t have any friends who were Econ majors. ESA not only introduced me to some of my closest friends but opened so many doors that have propelled me to secure two prestigious internships and many mentors.” – ESA Member


Equilibrium is UW-Madison’s undergraduate journal of economics where undergrad students (just like yourself) can publish articles in our print and online journal on topics that interest you! This is a fantastic way to showcase your work for internships, graduate school, and real-world jobs. Check out our journals from 2020 and 2019, and feel free to browse our online presence here. If you’re interested in joining, please email uwequilibrium@gmail.com.


The Federal Reserve Challenge (FRC) is an organization that supports student growth in the classroom and the real world. Each fall semester, we compete on a regional and national level against other universities in crafting a macro policy recommendation as if we were the FOMC. Each member of the club has the opportunity to help contribute to the team.

Additionally, FRC provides members with professional development events and training seminars to gain hands on experience with tools that will be used in a career such as Python and Excel. FRC also brings in corporate speakers and faculty to discuss their research in economics and to get their take on the global markets. On top of all that, FRC builds a solid network for younger students by engaging in a mentorship program with senior members and distinguished alumni.

Visit The Federal Reserve Challenge website for more information and to get in contact with FRC.


Global Economic Forum (GEF) is a student organization on campus that focuses on research in economics. Each semester there are 4 topics that get researched and then presented to our organization in a discussion-based presentation style. This means that our research groups present their research then ask questions to the audience to create discussion. This presentation style allows for a more dynamic and involved presentation for the audience.

There are several roles within GEF. Our board consists of the President, the Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Research. The VP of Marketing oversees all marketing for our organization while the VP of Research oversees all of GEF’s research. There are also Senior Research Associates who choose the research topics, lead their research group to research and present on the topic they choose. While Junior Research Associates make up the research groups. The last role within GEF is general members who attend events and participate in the forum discussions.

GEF hosts other types of events in addition to their forums. They host socials and workshops that have included trivia night, interview workshops, and resume workshops. We also have a couple of speaker events in the works. During Fall 2020 they will be hosting weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starting with their kickoff on Wednesday, September 16th.

All meetings will be held online through Cisco Webex. The invitations to forums and events are sent out through weekly email updates. Since meetings have moved online there are no dues for this semester. To be a Junior or Senior RA there is an application process, but you do not need to apply to be a general member of GEF.

Joining GEF is a great way to get introduced to research and learn how to present in front of an audience. Joining GEF is also a good way to build your resume and gain leadership experience. Attend the kickoff meeting to learn more about GEF and meet the board and Senior RAs.

You can also subscribe to their mailing list to receive all weekly emails and updates. Please contact gefmadison@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.


Women in Economics (UW-WE) is a student organization dedicated to educating, encouraging, & empowering female economists. WE strives to promote awareness of gender disparities and barriers within the field of economics and to educate and improve the community through outreach, mentorship, and facilitating conversations among women in the field at all levels.

WE meetings showcase a speaker in the field and facilitate friendly, thought-provoking conversation. Meetings for the fall semester will be held virtually on Tuesdays from 6 – 7 p.m. via Webex, starting with their kickoff meeting on Tuesday, September 15th! Past speakers have included women professionals from The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, UW Madison, Christensen Associates, Epistemic Analytics, and many more.

WE also host social events that provide the opportunity to get to know other women interested in economics, make new friends, and have fun! We had a blast this summer holding virtual socials, and we look forward to hosting many more! Other past socials include craft nights, scavenger hunts across campus, study sessions, movie nights, CoffeEcon, and more! WE socials are a great opportunity to make new friends, bond with fellow members, and build a network of other women in your field of study.

If you are interested in joining WE, please send an email to we.wisconsin@gmail.com to be added to their list and receive more information.

Please follow them on social media and visit their website for more information!



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