CVS has developed an internship program directed to university students. The aim is to link the CVS interest in promoting Experimental Economics with the interns’ interest in developing skills and knowledge about this methodology.
Since our interns’ profiles vary both in programs and majors that are studying, the projects in which they collaborate are based on their own interests and abilities.
The duration and extent of their involvement will depend on their availability, so that they are able to complete their assignments on time.
The areas where our interns support are:
- Running teaching and research experiments.
- Analyzing data from research experiments.
- Recruiting subjects for experiments.
- Organizing and hosting events.
- Participating in seminars and other academic activities.
- Developing and testing software.
Javier Del Cid
“I’ve been an intern at CVS for the past 3 years. Currently I’m in my last semester of college, and the internship has been my greatest experience in the university so far. I’ve learned how to run an experiment, how to manage data in STATA, and how to design an experiment in z-Tree. But most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to meet other experimentalists; people that can help you grow as a person and as an economist. This experience helped me to decide my future as an economist. Next year I will apply to Master’s degree in Economic Theory and I’m planning to jump after that to a PhD in economics. The CVS internship helps you acquire a research toolbox, and to develop in you the desire to be an economist.” Josue Pérez Current intern at CVS. Economics major, graduating in 2016
“The experience at the CVS has been very fulfilling. I have been able to work with talented and inspiring persons whom I can look up to. I have also made several friends. It has been a great opportunity to learn about different research inquiries and methods, and experimental programming. CVS has awaken my curiosity to test different theories and discover new approaches to Economics. It has inclined my interests towards research and academia. In general, the combination of projects, presentations of other experimentalists, activities such as Antigua Experimental Economics Conference, and plenty others have made my time in the CVS one of the best experiences I had at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.” Daniela Méndez Economics major (2015), Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Currently a teaching assistant for Economics courses, she will start a Master´s program in Organizational Behavior at the London School of Economics in September 2016.
“During my time at the CVS, I created a bibliographic database and carried out research on budget-time constrains. This experience motivated me to study and attend workshops on monitoring and evaluation, as well as to write an independent study on behavioral economics.” Javier Montenegro B.A. in Government and Minor in Economics (Colby College, 2015) is a Project Officer at The Trust for the Americas – Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.
“In my experience as an intern at CVS, I had the opportunity to participate in experiments, events and research with a team of professionals and other interns. I participated in the 3rd Antigua Experimental Economics Workshop and Conference, where I had the opportunity to meet economists and learn about various applications of Experimental Economics in the world. The internship was complemented by seminars where distinguished economists presented research. I am proud to have been part of the CVS.” Fernando Chang Economics major at Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala. He is currently working at Guatemala´s Central Bank.
“While working at the CVS I learned about Experimental Economics and how it imitates real life incentives. I assisted in research by conducting literature reviews, and analyzing data using STATA and other programs. But most importantly, that knowledge and experience helped me get a research assistantship with the WIC program at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene doing data analysis.” Ivone Gadala Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She currently works as a financial analyst at Banco Agromercantil in Guatemala.
Betzy Sandoval Economics major (2013), Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economic Systems Design at Chapman University. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in economics and an academic career.
“One of the clearest memories I have of my childhood was when I finished reading my first book. Although it was an easy book with a few letters and many illustrations, I felt that reading it had been one of most important accomplishments of my life. Even though my mother always read stories, I was excited about the idea of doing this work for myself. When I was 16, I bought my first economics book. I remember that I was not able to understand it completely because the vocabulary and some of the ideas were difficult for my age. Yet the book did not cease to amaze me; it answered so many questions that I had. Also, some of its definitions, such as the opportunity cost concept, made sense to me instantly. Over time, without realizing it, economics began to transform into my passion.
My parents always supported me in my education, but they did not have resources to pay for a private university. Therefore, knowing the economic situation of my family, I decided to look for opportunities to pay for my studies. That is how I received a scholarship at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Although I enjoyed all my economics classes, the experimental economics course has been by far the most valuable. It was significant in my life not only for its content, but also because it motivated me to do an internship at CVS.
Being an intern has been one of the best investments of time that I have made. CVS opened a new world for me: I attended conferences, workshops, and I learned to use new software. But the most important advantage of the internship was joining a great academic community. I am thankful for all the support that I got from them. The professors supported me in every step I needed to take in order to enroll in the Master’s program; they recommended it to me, helped me to revise my applications, wrote recommendation letters, etc. I really enjoyed my experience in the laboratory, so it is not a surprise that I decided to study a Master’s related to Experimental Economics.
In August 2016, I will start my second and final year of the Master’s Program in Economic Systems Design at Chapman University (California). Studying abroad has been a wonderful learning opportunity that I hope to continue in a doctoral program. However, in the near future I want to return to Guatemala, at least for one year, to share what I´ve learned.”