Summer 2015 SEC Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission will accept 2L applications for the 2015 Law Student Honors Program from until October 13, 2014.  The SEC will hire volunteer interns in Washington DC, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  See the SEC Web page about the program.  See the USAJobs site to apply.

The program is highly competitive.  Apply early because applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  About 150 2Ls and 1Ls are hired from law schools around the country.  The intern program provides students with responsibilities and experiences that promote their careers as lawyers and contribute to their future success in private practice, government agencies and other paths.  Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with SEC staff on projects in the specific division or office to which they are hired.  Further, students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities laws.

We have high expectations for our interns, often assigning them the same work we would give a newly-hired staff attorney.  Students 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.  For information about the roles played by the SEC’s interns, please see our ”Division/Office Snapshots” or a video of prior interns talking about their experiences.

Law students who apply to the Washington DC headquarters are automatically considered by all of the groups there, including the divisions of Corporation Finance, Economic and Risk Analysis, Enforcement, Investment Management, and Trading & Markets and the offices of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Credit Ratings, Equal Employment Opportunity, General Counsel, Human Resources, Inspector General, Investor Advoctate, and International Affairs.  If you are applying to the Washington DC headquarters, please indicate up to three preferred offices and divisions in your cover letter.  For more information about the offices and divisions, please see our ”Division/Office Snapshots” or the general descriptions of the various offices.

The key to the USAJobs application is submitting a single PDF with a resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample.  Name the PDF “LASTNAMEFIRSTNAME” – like “MARTINEZDAVID.”  Address the letter to “Dear Hiring Committee.”  If you are applying to the Washington DC headquarters, the letter should list your top three choices among offices and divisions.  You will be considered by all groups, but preferences matter.

For more information about the Summer Honors Program, see the SEC’s links above or email Lindsey Nedd at