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Immersion Is… an opportunity for undergraduate students to pursue their passions and interests through experiential learning. Each student takes a project from proposal to completion in and beyond the classroom with the guidance of a Vanderbilt faculty member.

Please visit our Honors page for more information about Honors in Economics, the department’s most popular Immersion option.

Student Stories

Fiona Bultonsheen ’20

Alumna Fiona Bultonsheen standing with trees in backgroundFiona Bultonsheen majored in Economics with a minor in Arabic. While at Vanderbilt, she participated in two Immersion-style experiences: study abroad and an internship. Her study abroad was funded by a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship, which allowed her to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan. Over the summer prior to her senior year, Fiona also interned in financial services consulting at Capco, with a focus in capital markets and retail banking. These two experiences not only enriched Fiona’s experience at Vanderbilt, they helped her land a full-time job at Capco, where she now works as an associate consultant.




Jacob Vest ’20

Photo of Jacob Vest standing in the mezzanine of a buildingJacob Vest double-majored in Economics and Math, with a minor in music. Earning Honors in Economics, as Jacob did, is one way to satisfy the Immersion requirement. As an Honors student, Jacob helped fulfill the College of Arts and Science mission to seek answers to some of the world’s biggest problems. His thesis focused on the optimal design for carbon tax policies and how such policies affect the composition of U.S. energy sources–key factors in understanding the larger issue of climate change.