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Student Programs at the SEC — Student Honors Program
The SEC boasts a robust Student Honors Program in which students undertake assignments that directly support the SEC’s mission 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 markets. 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, training workshops, and commission meetings as a part of their service at the SEC.
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.
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.
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 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 in which you would like to work. For more information about the offices and divisions, please click here.
2016 Student Honors Program Opportunities
Undergraduate Students: The announcement for Fall 2016 undergraduate business students is currently open and will close on June 5, 2016. To apply to opportunities in the Washington, DC and Regional Offices, click here.
Graduate Students: The announcement for Fall 2016 graduate/professional business students is currently open and will close on June 5, 2016. To apply to opportunities in the Washington, DC and Regional Offices, click here.