Fall 2012 Externships with the SEC 1 of 3

February 2, 2012

INTERNSHIP IN LEGAL ETHICS AT SEC HEADQUARTERS  Although most SEC attorneys work day-to-day in securities regulation, many attorneys deal with other substantive areas.  The Commission actively seeks interns every semester in Washington D.C. who are interested in legal ethics.  The Office of Ethics Counsel reports directly to the Chairman hires interns each semester.  The Commission encourages applications to the Office of Ethics Counsel because it serves important mission and because it provides interns with hands-on educations in legal fields outside of securities regulation. Three opportunities:

 

OFFICE OF THE ETHICS COUNSEL 

Students interested in the Office of Ethics Counsel should apply to the Headquarters using the procedure described for the “Law Student Observer Program” on this Web page: http://www.sec.gov/jobs/jobs_students.shtml#lsop

Students should highlight their preferred assignment in their cover letter.

The Office of the Ethics Counsel is responsible for advising and counseling all Commission employees and members on such issues as personal and financial conflicts of interest, post-employment restrictions, and securities holdings and transactions.  The office advises the commissioners, along with current and former employees.  Interns assist attorneys in providing that counseling, including with legal research and preparing responses to inquiries and questions.

Interning in the Office of the Ethics Counsel provides law students with hands-on experience involving a wide variety of issues and a unique opportunity to obtain exposure to the various divisions and offices of the Commission.  Students interning in the Office of the Ethics Counsel may be assigned legal research projects or training projects and will work closely with the Ethics Counsel and her staff to interpret and apply government-wide Ethics law to the SEC.

If you would like to learn additional information about the Office of the Ethics Counsel please contact Michelle Barrans, Assistant Ethics Counsel, at 202-551-4934, with any questions you might have about the Office of the Ethics Counsel          .

Students interested in the Office of Ethics Counsel should apply to the Headquarters using the procedure described for the “Law Student Observer Program” on this Web page: http://www.sec.gov/jobs/jobs_students.shtml#lsop

Students should highlight their preferred assignment in their cover letter.

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