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Student Honors Program

Overview of Student Honors Program

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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 (unpaid) 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.

Program details

The Student Honors Program offers (unpaid) 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 Division of Examinations (EXAMS).

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for the Student Honors Program in our Washington, DC Home and Regional Offices. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their careers. Over the course of the program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, and a mentoring program that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws and regulations.

The SEC accepts applications packages during the following times of the year:

Summer

  • First, Second and Third Year Law Students (1L, 2L and 3L) – Announcement Open December through February 
  • Undergraduate and Graduate – Announcement Open December through February

Fall

  • First, Second and Third Year Law Students (1L, 2L and 3L) – Announcement Open March through May
  • Undergraduate and Graduate  – Announcement Open March through May

Spring

  • First, Second and Third Year Law Students (1L, 2L and 3L) – Announcement Open August through October
  • Undergraduate and Graduate– Announcement Open August through October

Please review individual announcements for qualifications and application requirements. 

Below is a list of our participating offices. For additional information on each office, see descriptions of legal internships available in the SEC’s divisions and offices.

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 (preferred).

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.

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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 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. Learn more information about the offices and divisions.

Apply to a Student Honors Program

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Student Honors Legal (1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M.) Spring 2022

The Spring 2022 Student Honors Legal Program Announcement for the Washington, DC and Regional Offices will be open from mid-August 2021 until late October 2021.

Student Honors Business (Undergraduate and Graduate) Spring 2022

The Spring 2022 Student Honors Business Program Announcement for the Washington, DC and Regional Offices will be open from mid-August until Late October 2021.

Office of Inspector General (OIG) Business Internship Program

The Summer 2022 Student Honors Business Program announcement for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Washington, DC and Regional Offices is generally opened from early December 2021 until mid-February 2022.

Summer Law Students

The Summer 2022 (1L, 2L and 3L) Student Honors Legal Program announcement for the Washington, DC and Regional Offices will be opened from early December until mid-February.  Please go directly to the announcement or search USAJobs under “Student Honors Program” or “Securities & Exchange Commission”.

Student Honors Legal Fall 2020/Spring 2021

The Fall 2021 Student Honors Legal and Business Program announcements for the Washington, DC and Regional Offices is now closed.  We are no longer accepting applications.

Please go directly to the announcement or search USAJobs under “Student Honors Program” or “Securities & Exchange Commission”.

If you have any questions and/or need clarification, please email us at students@sec.gov

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