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About United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Congress created the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after a Wall Street stock market crash caused the Great Depression in the 1930s. According to its website, SEC’s mission is “to enforce the newly passed securities laws, to promote stability in the markets and, most importantly, to protect investors.” The SEC has been under fire during the current recession because of a lack of enforcement; however, it’s not sitting on its laurels, as the commission’s workload has increased significantly since the economic crisis hit.

Interns gather evidence, help with case files, observe negotiations and prepare trial briefs. They may also participate in weekly brown bag lunches on topics in federal securities laws, field trips to the New York Stock Exchange and “mock testimony” workshops. There are also opportunities at SEC headquarters in the legal offices and doing field work for investigations.


Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors and graduate students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended. Some positions are also available to college freshmen and high school students over the age of 16.

United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Paid, Unpaid, Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


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