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Econ club visits Seattle

Fifteen students tour Boeing, Amazon, and the Seattle Federal Reserve on a department-funded trip.

On March 5–6, 15 members of the UO Econ Club set off on a trip to Seattle for an annual trip to see some of the top employers on the West Coast and learn a little more about the nation’s monetary system.

The students drove in two eight-passenger vans to Seattle on a Thursday afternoon, and stayed overnight in a local hotel. The next morning, they began their visit at the Seattle Federal Reserve, located in Renton.

Kimberly Teoh is the chair of events and fundraising for the UO Econ Club and helped to organize the trip. She was amazed by the level of security required to enter the Federal Reserve facility. “It was a little bit intimidating. We couldn’t even put our hands in our pockets when entering the cash processing center,” she says.

The students were able to see how the currency and checks were processed in the facility, and were taken to see huge rooms full of cash. As a student currently taking the EC 480 International Finance course, Kimberly found the information they learned on the tour was very relevant to the topics covered in class.

After the Fed visit, the students then drove to Amazon to visit the main campus. They learned about the steps to securing an internship at Amazon from a company recruiter. They also got a sneak peak into Amazon’s corporate culture, such as their practice of avoiding slide presentations during meetings, preferring instead to start off with each participant reading silently from a memo or whitepaper. On the fun side, “A lot of employees bring their dogs to work,” Kimberly says. “They even had dog treats at the front desk.”

The last stop of the afternoon was the Boeing plant in Everett, where the group was able to view various 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the process of assembly. The hangar was massive—with huge cranes similar to those you’d see construction site housed inside. “It’s the biggest building by volume in the world,” Kimberly says.

This annual Economics Club trip is made possible by donations to the Department of Economics from alumni and other supporters. You can support the department by donating using our online form.