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Student Programs at the SEC — Student Honors Program
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.
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 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.
2014 Fall Student Honors Program Opportunities
Undergraduate Students: The undergraduate announcement is currently not open. Please visit our site in April 2014 for the announcement.
Graduate Students: The graduate announcement is currently not open. Please visit our site in April 2014 for the announcement.