I worked at SEC as an intern (less than an year)Pros
-Great mentorship program. I met with my mentor to talk about opportunities at the SEC, career goals, and much more
-Lots of trainings and seminars offered on topics like using the Bloomberg terminal, rulemaking, fundamentals of the securities industry, etc... and they encourage you to go to these
-Opportunity to use SAS, Bloomberg, WRDS
-Tours of Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Federal Reserve Board and opportunity to sit in on SEC closed commission meetings
-Learned quite a bit about securities and the SEC by the end
-Not a stressful internshipCons
-There is very little support and structure for the internship program so your experience depends a lot on your supervisor. My project was largely an independent effort since my supervisor was really busy.
-Some interns were left without work for weeks at a time, but attended trainings and self-studied to fill up the time.
-Interns could be challenged more.Recommends
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
Asked basic questions - most important was why public service/SEC and do you want public service long term. Other than that it was all standard stuff and nothing even noteworthy.Interview Questions
- N/A - it was all pretty straightforward and there was nothing technical or "hard" - they gave me the option of a phone interview, so I guess that shows they're really just interested in 1 or 2 main questions. Answer Question
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is one part law enforcer, protecting investors from securities fraud and enforcing securities laws; one part doctor, promoting healthy capital markets and contributing to America's economic well-being; and one part rule maker, maintaining fair, orderly, and efficient markets. The agency regulates the sale of securities as well as the people and organizations involved in selling them. It also ensures the disclosure of financial information of public companies via its online EDGAR database and is involved in personal investor...