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Student Programs at the SEC — Student Honors Program 

Overview of Student Honors Program

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The SEC boasts robust programs in which students experience real world and real time assignments that are directly related or are in support of our mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation through securities and financial market regulation.

The SEC’s Student Honors Program is a ten-week program for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market. Students work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. SEC Staff members serve as professional mentors, assisting with research and writing projects as well as providing advice and guidance on career development.

Students are invited to attend seminars, workshops, and commission meetings as a part of their service at the SEC.

Program details

The Student Honors Program offers opportunities to students in Washington, D.C. and our 11 regional offices. In the regional offices, the honors students will typically be assigned to either the Division of Enforcement or the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Below is a list of our participating offices, please click here for additional information on each office.

  • Division of Corporation Finance (Headquarters only)
  • Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (Headquarters only)
  • Division of Enforcement (All locations)
  • Division of Investment Management (Headquarters and the New York Regional Office)
  • Office of Investor Advocate (Headquarters only)
  • Division of Trading and Markets (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Acquisitions (Headquarters only)
  • Office of the Ethics Counsel (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Public Affairs (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Information Technology (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Financial Management (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (All locations)
  • Office of Credit Ratings (Headquarters and the New York Regional Office)
  • Office of the General Counsel (Headquarters only)
  • Office of the Inspector General (Headquarters only)
  • Office of International Affairs (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (Headquarters only)

Regional Offices

  • Atlanta Regional Office
  • Boston Regional Office
  • Chicago Regional Office
  • Denver Regional Office
  • Fort Worth Regional Office
  • Los Angeles Regional Office
  • Miami Regional Office
  • New York Regional Office
  • Philadelphia Regional Office
  • Salt Lake Regional Office
  • San Francisco Regional Office

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Program requirements

  • Students must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Students may not have immediate relatives currently employed with the SEC.
  • Prior to appointment, a satisfactory background investigation is required.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. School verification will be required.
  • Students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average.

Selection is based on many factors, including academic achievement, writing skills and experience, ability to reason independently and creatively, experience relating to the SEC’s mission, extracurricular activities, and well-rounded background.

Application process

Students must submit a resume with current contact information, a one-page cover letter, an unofficial school transcript, a list of current courses, and a 5 to 10 page writing sample (graduate and legal students only).

Your one-page cover letter should be addressed “Dear Hiring Committee” with the location to which you are applying (DC or a Region) in the mailing address block. The cover letter is the best way to explain why you think your interests or experience would make a contribution, either to the SEC in general or to particular divisions/offices.

In your cover letter, please indicate three preferred offices and divisions you would like to work with. For more information about the offices and divisions, please click here.

Apply to a Student Honors Program

2014-2015 Student Honors Program Opportunities

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Law Students: The announcement for Fall 2015 is currently open and will close on Monday, May 4, 2015. To apply to the Washington, DC office, click here. To apply to the Regional Offices, click here.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Summer 2015 Student Honors Business Program announcement is currently open and will close on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015. To apply click here or go directly to to locate the announcement.

Modified: 03/06/2015