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Students and Recent Graduates Overview

April 29, 2021

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) students and recent graduates programs offer an opportunity for students and recent graduates to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market and the activities of the Commission. The SEC offers paid positions through the Chair's Attorney Honors Program and the Pathways Programs, and unpaid positions through the Student Honors Program.

The SEC’s student and recent graduate programs offer positions in Washington, DC, and 11 other cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Participants must be U.S. citizens. Participants are given responsibilities and practical experiences that not only complement their classroom work but also promote their careers. Through the duration of their experience, participants work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Additionally, participants may participate in seminars and workshops on various aspects of federal securities laws.

Chair's Attorney Honors Program

The Chair’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year structured program which secures employment for current 3L students and entry-level attorneys currently serving a judicial clerkship. Upon graduation, 3L students begin employment with the SEC as law clerks. Participants may be converted to an entry-level attorney position after admittance to a state bar association. Judicial clerks selected for the program will begin employment after they have completed their clerkship.

Pathways Programs

The Pathways Programs are a series of hiring flexibilities that connect students and recent graduates with paid career opportunities within the federal government.

The Pathways Programs consist of the following:

Each of these programs allows hiring managers to leverage students' skills within the federal government. These programs are designed to help managers develop a pipeline of talent while providing recruitment flexibility and diversity. Each program allows for appointment to a permanent position upon completion.

Take a moment to hear what former participants have to say about their experience with the SEC in the video.

The SEC Internship Experience

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