Open & closing dates
08/08/2018 to 11/14/2018
Pay scale & grade
$0 to $0 without compensation
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
District of Columbia, DC
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New York, NY
Fort Worth, TX
Salt Lake City, UT
This job is open to
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Do you want to perform volunteer legal work in a challenging yet professional environment? Begin by investing in your career and future at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!
Learn more about this agency
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to volunteer alongside our team. Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation’s securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.
Law students will be assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects and assignments that cover a broad range of the Commissions’ work. Work assignments may vary based on the Division or Office the student is assigned. Intern assignments range from supporting litigation to assisting with drafting new regulations to helping with reviews, exams or public outreach. For information about the opportunities and the work that interns do in specific division/offices within headquarters, please read the SEC’s website.
Volunteer internship opportunities in the Summer are full-time only with a requirement of 40 hours per week. Academic and/or work-study credit is available to all volunteers.
The following divisions and offices within our Washington, DC Headquarter location are seeking 2L law students to volunteer with us during the Summer 2019 program:
Division of Enforcement
Division of Corporation Finance
Division of Trading & Markets
Division of Investment Management
Division of Economic & Risk Analysis
EDGAR Business Office
Office of the Investor Advocate
Office of Administrative Law Judges
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
Office of International Affairs
Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations
Office of Credit Ratings
Office of Municipal Securities
Office of General Counsel
Office of Inspector General
Our regional offices are comprised of mainly Division of Enforcement and Office of Compliance Inspection and Examinations. The following regional locations are seeking 2L law students to volunteer with us during the Summer 2019 program:
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
San Francisco Regional Office
Salt Lake Regional Office
**The Summer 2019 Student Honors Legal Program for law students will officially begin May 20, 2019 and conclude July 26, 2019.**
Job family (Series)
0999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Enrolled as a 2L law student during 2018-2019 school year.
- 18 years or older at the time of appointment.
- You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- You must be suitable for federal employment.
QualificationsCurrent 2L law students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited law school to participate in the Student Honors Legal Program.
– Applicants MUST be a U.S. Citizen
– Must be enrolled in an accredited US law school program as a 2L law student at the time of application.
– Must be enrolled at least half-time (8 credits or the equivalent)
– A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
– Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible
1. 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.
2. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
3. 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.
4. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Invitations to participate in the program is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of invitation or selection to another opportunity.
All volunteer internships are UNPAID. The volunteer is subject to the federal statutory and regulatory provisions that govern ethical and other standards of conduct, conflicts of interest, suitability, security, and limitations on political activity.
Academic or work-study credit is available for all volunteers.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Assessment Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this opportunity. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the hiring committee for each location selected for volunteer internship opportunities.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the assessment questionnaire which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the assessment questionnaire, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit the USAJobs Help Center.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
- Required: Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. This is electronically tied to your USAJobs application and can be completed online once you click “Apply”.
- Required: Your complete and comprehensive resume that includes a complete history of your work experience and the applicable employment dates with months and years. To determine if you qualify for this position, OHR will review your work, volunteer, and/or education history that is specific position to our volunteer internship opportunities. Note: Your resume must NOT contain pictures.
- Required: Cover Letter, must be addressed “Dear Hiring Committee”. Please include your top three office/division(s) for which you would like to be considered, if applying to the Washington, DC home office. Please explain how your experience and education would make a positive contribution to the SEC.
- Required: Writing Sample, Should be no more than 10 pages in length
- Required: An unofficial college transcript or enrollment verification from your college or university displaying current enrollment and future enrollment (if applicable)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Reasonable Accommodation: If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC, submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process here. Please be sure to submit your request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.
TTY/ASCII: Video Relay Service users are welcome to contact the appropriate SEC office or employee via the contact information listed above. If you do not otherwise have access to a Video Phone or Video Relay service, you may send us an email or use the Federal Video Relay Service via the internet. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service and to create a new account, please see: http://fedvrs.us/
Under 5.U.S.C. 3111, a student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purposes other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act. Service is not creditable for leave or any other employee benefits however, transportation subsidy to and from your assigned duty station may be available.
Agency contact information
100 F Street NE
Learn more about this agency
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at three points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.”
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be extended an invitation, you may be terminated after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed. After making an initial invitation offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation before appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, Veterans’ Preference, certification of disability, etc.).
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.