Summer Honors Law Program (First and Second Year Law Students)
The Summer Honors Law Program gives law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and the activities of the Commission. Students from law schools across the country work at the Commission's Washington, DC, Headquarters and in its 11 Regional Offices nationwide.
Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on several projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities rules and regulations. Past presentations have included: An Overview of Federal Securities Laws; Securities Fraud on the Internet; The SEC's Investigative Process; Mergers and Acquisitions; and The SEC's Examination Program.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Currently, the 2013 Summer Honors Law Program is taking applications from first-year law students. That posting is open until February 8, 2013. Apply early because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.
Students are required to have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average to be eligible.
The SEC hires interns across the country into a variety of jobs. Below are descriptions of the different divisions and offices that recruit interns, including descriptions of the work generally assigned to their interns.
See Divisions Snapshot.
The SEC seeks applicants with high academic qualifications and preferably some knowledge of or a significant interest in the securities industry. Students are selected based on merit. Selection criteria include: a demonstrated interest in the SEC's mission; coursework, work experience, and/or research projects/publications relevant to the division(s)/office(s) to which you apply; dedication to public service; and participation in extracurricular activities. Securities course work is not a prerequisite.
The SEC typically hires around 150 law students nationwide with half being located in our Headquarters in Washington, DC. In 2010, over 75 law schools were represented in our intern class.
The Headquarters and Regional Offices hiring law students have their own hiring committees. If a hiring committee is interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly and let you know the next steps in the process.
Currently, all internships at the SEC are volunteer, unpaid or for-credit.