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Student Honors Program

Student Programs at the SEC — 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 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 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.

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
    • Second year Law Students (2L) – August through October
    • First year Law Students (1L) – December through February
    • Undergraduate – December through February
    • Graduate – December through February
  • Fall
    • Second & Third Year Law Students (2L & 3L) – January through May
    • Undergraduate – February through May
    • Graduate – February through May
  • Spring
    • Second & Third Year Law Students (2L & 3L) – August through October
    • Undergraduate – August through October
    • Graduate – August through October

Please review individual announcements for qualifications and application requirements. 

Below is a list of our participating offices, please click here for additional information on each office.

  • Division of Corporation Finance (Headquarters only)
  • Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (Headquarters only)
  • Division of Enforcement (All locations)
  • Division of Investment Management (Headquarters and the New York Regional Office)
  • Division of Trading and Markets (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Acquisitions (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (All locations)
  • Office of Credit Ratings (Headquarters and the New York Regional Office)
  • Office of the Ethics Counsel (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Financial Management (Headquarters only)
  • Office of the General Counsel (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Information Technology (Headquarters only)
  • Office of the Inspector General (Headquarters only)
  • Office of International Affairs (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Investor Advocate (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Municipal Securities (Headquarters only)
  • Office of Public Affairs (Headquarters only)

Regional Offices

  • Atlanta Regional Office
  • Boston Regional Office
  • Chicago Regional Office
  • Denver Regional Office
  • Fort Worth Regional Office
  • Los Angeles Regional Office
  • Miami Regional Office
  • New York Regional Office
  • Philadelphia Regional Office
  • Salt Lake Regional Office
  • San Francisco Regional Office

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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.

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.

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. For more information about the offices and divisions, please click here.

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2018 Student Honors Program Opportunitiesphoto of SEC student intern

Law Students

The Fall 2019 Student Honors Legal Program announcement for the Washington, DC and Regional Offices is open until 11:59pm Tuesday, May 28 2019. Please click here to go directly to the announcement or search USAJobs under “Student Honors Program” or “Securities & Exchange Commission”.

Graduate & Undergraduate Business Students

The Fall 2019 Student Honors Business Program for undergraduate and graduate students is open and available via USAJobs until 11:59pm Tuesday, May 28 2019. Please click here to go directly to the announcement or search USAJobs under “Student Honors Program” or “Securities & Exchange Commission”.

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