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Summer Honors Business Program (MBA/Graduate)

The Summer Honors Business Program gives graduate and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and the activities of the Commission. Students from graduate schools across the country work at the Commission's Washington, DC, Headquarters and in a number of our 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)

How do I apply?

The 2013 Summer Honors Business Program application will be open from December 3, 2012 until February 8, 2013. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so early submission is encouraged.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible.
  • Students must have completed one year of graduate study by the beginning of the summer.
  • Student must be continuing in the graduate studies throughout the summer and/or into the fall to be eligible. Students graduating in May are not eligible.
  • Please note that students need not be in an MBA program to apply. You just need to be in a graduate school program.

Please note that students need not be in an MBA program to apply. You just need to be in a graduate school program.

Is there a GPA requirement for the program?

We highly recommend that students have a 3.0 GPA or higher. However, the minimum requirement is a 2.5.

Which Divisions/Offices hire Summer Honors Business Program Interns?

Listed below are the Divisions and Offices that typically hire Summer Business Program interns. This list is subject to change on an annual basis.

Washington DC Headquarters

  • Division of Investment Management
  • Division of Trading and Markets
  • Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation
  • Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Office of Financial Management
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Inspector General

Regional Offices

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • New York

What do you look for in candidates?

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.

How many students do you typically hire?

The SEC typically hires about 25 business students nationwide.

What is the review process?

Each Division/Office hiring business students has its own hiring committee. If a hiring committee is interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly and let you know the next steps in the process.

Is this a paid internship?

Currently, all internships at the SEC are unpaid or for-credit.



Modified: 10/16/2014