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Job Title:  2014 Summer Student Honors- Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA)
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14- SHP-DERA

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$0.00 to $0.00 / Without Compensation
Friday, February 07, 2014 to Saturday, March 01, 2014
Full Time - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Eligibility for Current Students Only
Not Applicable


The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.


Within the SEC, the Division of Economic and Risk Assessment (DERA) integrates financial economics and data analytics to the core mission of the SEC. In doing so, DERA is involved in the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement and examination.


The SEC’s Student Honors Program is a semester program for college students, graduate students and law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market. Honors students work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.


DERA is offering unpaid training opportunities to undergraduate/graduate students in the Washington, DC area. We ask students to work at least 10 weeks at a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week. We also encourage applications from students who are able to work 40 hours per week. Students will establish their work schedule with their supervisors.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Security and suitability background investigation- REQUIRED
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student.


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We ask students to work at least 10 weeks at 40 hours per week. Students will establish their work schedule with their supervisors.


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Students must be a graduate or undergraduate student in order to be considered for this opportunity. (Non-legal students only)


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Qualified students will be studying Economics, Finance, or a related quantitative field (Mathematics, Statistics); have experience analyzing data using Excel, SAS, Matlab, or Stata; be knowledgeable about securities and derivative products, and understand how financial markets operate.


Selection is based on many factors, including academic achievements, quantitative analytic skills, ability to reason independently and creatively, and a commitment to the SEC’s mission.


  • Students must be a graduate or undergraduate student in order to be considered for this opportunity. (Non-legal students only)
  • Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Student must have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average or higher.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. School verification will be required.


Prior to appointment, a security and suitability background investigation is required.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Student Honors Program volunteers are ineligible for benefits.



The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.


To contact the Disability Program Office by phone, call 202-551-4158. TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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The SEC’s 2014 Summer Student Honors Program will begin on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and end on Friday, August 8, 2014.


Applications will NOT be accepted through the USAJOBS System.


Please email your application to for consideration.  


Security and Suitability (Background Investigation)

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.


Important Notes: Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.


All documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 01, 2014


Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.


Please also answer the following questions in a sone page document your application packet.

  • Have you taken undergraduate or graduate courses in finance or accounting? If so, please list the title/grade received.
  • Have you taken undergraduate or graduate courses in mathematics or statistics? If so, please list the title/grade received.
  • Do you have at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Excel and Word?
  • Do you have experience using any statistical programming language (SAS, Stata, Matlab), Unix, or computer programming languages (Python, C++) ? If so, please specify the program/language and your experience level.
  • Please indicate your GPA (minimum GPA of 2.5).
  • Please indicate your current class rank (or approximate class rank) as a number (i.e., 10, 20, 50, etc.) if provided by your school. Enter “N/A” if your school does not provide your rank.
  • What is your concentration in (major and minor)?
  • What year do you plan to graduate?


Students must submit the following in a single PDF to

  • Resume with current contact information
  • Answers to questions listed above
  • One page cover letter
  • Unofficial school transcript(s)


To receive consideration you must label your PDF with your LASTNAME FIRSTNAME (for example: SMITH JANE).


*** Your one-page cover letter should be addressed to “Dear Hiring Committee” with the headquarters address. 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 the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA).


Tamika Cambridge
Phone: (202)551-4169
Fax: (713)583-1533
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC
20549 Fax: (713)583-1533


Interviews are conducted telephonically.

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