For Employers

Hiring a Master of Energy Economics student for an internship or full-time position is an investment in your organization’s future with an energy professional who can offer strategic, insightful, and data-driven insights into all areas of the energy sector. Our students develop this expertise through applied courses that cover econometrics, corporate finance, energy transition, micro and macroeconomics, risk management, energy trading, energy and environment, political economy, geopolitics, energy project management, transportation, taxation and many more.

Our staff can assist your organization to accomplish your goals through a variety of channels that helps you identify and hire the best talent.

Hire a MEECON Student

The Master of Energy Economics offers several opportunities for employers to engage with our students. These can include coffee chats, alumni lunch and learn sessions, on-campus interviews, employer site visits, internships, and case study simulations. We are happy to work with your organization to develop a recruiting strategy that best meets the needs of your organization and matches the professional aspirations of our students.

Please contact us and our Employer Relations team will be in touch soon.

International Students
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) — CPT allows our international students to accept practical (internship) training after their first two semesters of study at Rice. MEECON students may choose to work part-time for their required ECON 699- Internship course. CPT authorization is the responsibility of the student and requires no action on the part of the hiring organization. The approval time for CPT is usually 5-10 business days and students may commence working after they receive authorization.
  • Occupational Practical Training (OPT) — OPT is a 12-month work authorization that allows our MEECON students who have graduated to gain practical work experience related to their major field of study. Rice’s Master of Energy Economics is considered a STEM-designated program which allows our graduates to receive an additional 24-month extension. Students gain a total of 36 months for practical work experience in their STEM field.
    • Student Responsibilities — Students can apply for OPT as early as 90 days before the program completion date in August. OPT can be granted to the student with or without an offer of employment. Additional steps and guidelines can be found here.
    • Employer Responsibilities There is no cost to the employer. Rice’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) processes the student’s STEM OPT recommendation. Students must have their EAD card in hand prior to beginning work
MEECON Student Outcomes

Our Master of Energy Economics students are hired into a variety of energy-related positions across a range of employers. Please review our latest Employment Outcomes database to see where our students are working.

Additional Rice University Resources

Please visit Rice’s Center for Career Development (CCD) for additional information regarding Rice’s semi-annual career fairs and on-campus recruitment policies.