Denver, Colorado  United States

Securities and Exchange Commission (HQ)

Posted: Aug 17, 2011

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Summer Honors Program

Location: Denver Regional Office 

Volunteer Student Intern Opportunities

Note: This is a volunteer or for-credit internship.

The Securities and Exchange Commission selects volunteer interns for its Summer Honors Law Program.  Though these positions are uncompensated, they offer students responsibility and real experiences that promote their careers.

Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the SEC's Washington DC headquarters or at one of its eleven Regional Offices.  

Interns directly support attorneys and other professionals in the regulation and enforcement of the securities markets.  Each intern is assigned to one of the SEC’s offices or divisions for a ten-week period.  The potential assignments are as varied as the SEC’s responsibilities in regulating the securities markets.  We have high expectations for our interns, often assigning them the same work we would give a newly-hired staff attorney who had completed law school.  Students who succeed in their assignments assist with tasks such as drafting regulations, reviewing filings, or preparing for interviews and testimony.  They spend hours every day with line attorneys, and they support senior executives.

Most summers, the Summer Honors Law Program places students in the following offices at the SEC’s Washington DC headquarters:

  • Division of Corporation Finance
  • Division of Enforcement
  • Division of Investment Management
  • Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation
  • Division of Trading & Markets
  • Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of the Inspector General


Opportunities for interns in the Regional Offices are in Enforcement and OCIE.

Selection Criteria

The SEC considers your entire background when it evaluates applications.  Selections are made based on many elements, including academic achievement, writing skills, and professional experience that touches on the SEC’s mission, such as brokers, auditing, compliance, finance or law enforcement.  We also value academic experience like law review, journals, or clinics and a commitment to public service.

In the past, successful interns have demonstrated a knowledge of the mission and work of the SEC – and even specific offices or divisions – in their application materials.  Our Web site has a description of the SEC’s work and the component offices and divisions.  Additionally, there are many other sources and commentaries on the SEC’s work.  Between your cover letter and any interview, you want us to understand why you think you would be a good fit for the divisions/offices where you want to work.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Summer Honors Program, you must apply via the on-line application.  The application period for Summer 2012 will start on August 18, 2011. We will begin reviewing applications and hiring on a rolling basis beginning September 16, 2011.  We expect to evaluate applications at two-week intervals after that point.   The posting will officially close on October 21, 2011, but we strongly suggest that you apply immediately because applications will not be considered after we have filled our slots.

Before you begin the application process, carefully read the instructions and assemble the information and documents required.  You will be asked to provide the following:

  • a unique password for accessing your application (no more than 10 characters) and make a note of it; you will be prompted by the system for this password. You will use this password to access your application in the future.
  • a permanent e-mail address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process (September 2011 - May 2012)

You are required to provide a single PDF with the following documents in the following order:

  1. Resume
  2. One-page Cover Letter
  3. (Unofficial) Law School Transcript
  4. Writing Sample

The PDF should be named in capitals with your name “LASTNAME FIRSTNAME.”  For example – HOPP JENNIFER.  Failure to follow these instructions about creating and naming your PDF may result in you not being considered. 

You will be asked which office or division of the SEC most interests you.  You can apply to the DC headquarters and as many of the Regional Offices as you would like.  If you receive an offer from multiple offices and divisions, you will be able to choose which one you would like to join. 

Your one-page cover letter should be addressed to “SEC Summer 2012 Intern Program” with the headquarters address.   As noted above, 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 specifically.  We will accept only one cover letter for all offices.  Please do not create multiple cover letters and/or resumes for review. 

Once you have applied, your application will be considered by the Regional Office(s) where you applied.  You will receive notification that your application has been received.  Throughout the application process, you will be notified of your status on a rolling basis.  We intend to notify you if an office wants to interview you or if you are not longer being considered.

Eligibility for Summer Honors Law Program

Applicants must attend/have attended an accredited law school. See http://www.abanet.org/legaled/approvedlawschools/alpha.html.

Applicants must have completed their full second year of law school by May 2012 to be eligible for this position: Evening students must have completed the equivalent of the second year for full-time students. Students graduating in May 2012 are not eligible.

U.S. citizens are eligible for this position. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible if they meet certain requirements. This may include persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B). For a complete list of exceptions, see http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/noncitizensemployment.asp. If not a U.S. citizen, candidates must also meet immigration law requirements and have a visa status authorizing employment in the United States. Citizenship questions should be directed to students@sec.gov .

This opportunity is no longer available.