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.
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:
- Second year Law Students (2L) – August through October
- First year Law Students (1L) – October through February
- Undergraduate – December through February
- Graduate – December through February
- Second & Third Year Law Students (2L & 3L) – January through May
- Undergraduate – February through May
- Graduate – February through May
- 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)
- 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
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen. Enrolled as a 1L law student during 2020-2021 school year. MUST provide transcripts and/or proof of enrollment. You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov) SECURITY CLEARANCE: Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of invitation or selection to another opportunity. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement. Qualified applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and submit a complete application package are forwarded for consideration to the locations to which they have applied. Representatives from the locations may contact candidates directly for interviews.
- Applicant MUST be a U.S. Citizen
- Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible
- Student MUST be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program from an accredited law school (unofficial or self-prepared transcripts ARE required. Enrollment verification in lieu of transcripts are acceptable; failure to provide this information will deem you ineligible for further consideration)
- An overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred
Current 1L law students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited law school to participate in the Summer 2021 Student Honors Program. Students must have begun their first year of law school by June 30, 2021 and must complete their first year of law school by June 30, 2021. To be eligible to participate in the Summer 2021 Student Honors Program students must demonstrate they will continue their legal studies through Summer 2021 and/or Fall 2021. Students graduating in April/May/June 2021 from any accredited law program are ineligible.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.