AEASP: Excursions


Throughout the course of the summer, the AEA Summer and Scholarship Program takes a handful of fun-filled excursions to expose students to career paths within economics as well as give them the opportunity to explore Chicago, Detroit and Lake Michigan. Below is a brief overview of the trips planned for summer 2019!

I am so grateful I got to spend the past 8 weeks at Michigan State…You all pushed me out of my comfort zone, challenged me, listened to my silly stories, accepted my awkwardness and just let me be me."

--Bezankeng Njinju

Western Michigan University & Lake Michigan
Within the first couple weeks of the program, a day trip is planned to visit Western Michigan University (WMU) in the morning and to enjoy the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan in the afternoon. During the first half of the trip, students will learn about the economics graduate program at WMU. During the time spent at WMU last summer, students were exposed to career paths within economics by attending a session led by a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Departing WMU, students will then head to the shores of Lake Michigan to enjoy sun, sand and the fantastic views that Lake Michigan has to offer!

After midterms, students will be given a chance to re-energize and re-charge by taking a long weekend trip to Chicago! Over the course of the weekend students will visit the Chicago Federal Reserve and will be given the opportunity to explore the Windy City as a group as well as on their own. Last year the AEA program arranged a sunset cruise to tour the city and Lake Michigan, enjoyed Chicago-style pizza and enjoyed lunch in Hyde Park. During free times many students took the opportunity to visit the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry or the Shed Aquarium. Additionally, students also used free time to visit Navy Pier, to walk the Magnificent Mile and to take the iconic picture at the top of Willis Tower (commonly referred to as the Sears Tower)!

Students will also take a day trip to Detroit and explore the many attractions that the Motor City has to offer. Last year the trip included a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts which is home to the Detroit Industry Murals created by Diego Rivera. In addition, students were given the opportunity to explore and eat lunch at the Eastern Market; an open air market which offers local foods and is surrounded by unique and quirky cafes and restaurants representative of Detroit’s history and culture. Although this year’s specific itinerary has not been finalized, other cultural attractions that could be incorporated into this trip include: the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village (a historic outdoor museum) or Belle Isle Park.