Skip to Main Content
About Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) was founded in 1963 as one of New York City’s first mentoring programs for high school students of color to give them access to top career and educational opportunities. In 1980, SEO expanded the career program for talented undergraduates nationwide. The program began with 11 interns working at five investment banks. At the end of the summer, all 11 interns had earned full-time job offers. Today, the career program places over 300 interns at top law firms, nonprofit organizations and multinational corporations in different program areas, including accounting, asset management, corporate finance, information technology, sales and trading, investment research and more. Not only do SEO participants receive extensive training and mentoring, but about 80 percent have received full-time offers from their internship employer.

SEO students do real, professional work in their internships, from analyzing balance sheets to assisting corporate lawyers, to interfacing with CFOs and strategy consultants, to evaluating philanthropic programs. SEO interns receive intensive industry training from professional and academic leaders and are assigned mentors both within their industry area as well as with SEO alumni. Interns also participate in seminars and networking events with executives and leaders in the industry. Each year, about 80 percent of the intern class earns one or more full-time job offers from SEO corporate partners.


Open to outstanding minority college students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Most program areas are primarily for sophomores and juniors. Freshmen may apply for the SEO-U training program. Seniors are eligible for corporate law and philanthropy programs. Recent grads may apply for corporate law internships only. Check the website to see if you qualify for a position.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Aneicka Bookal, Program Assistant
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
55 Exchange Place, Suite 601
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 979-2040


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


Boston, MA
Columbus, OH
Hartford, CT
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Trenton, NJ
Washington, DC