Founded in 1963 during the height of the modern Civil Rights Movement, SEO began as a mentoring and college preparation program for underprivileged high school students in New York City. The organization's mission was based upon the conviction that all students can succeed when given access to opportunities.
Since 1980, SEO has provided underrepresented students of color with paid summer internships leading to full-time jobs. More than 30 years later, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are still underrepresented in many top entry level jobs.
It is well known that a diverse work force improves business results which makes SEO as relevant as ever to corporate America and to the groups that remain underrepresented.
During the summer interns earn a pro-rated salary consistent with entry-level salaries for professionals in the area they have chosen ($700 - $1,300 per week). Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA without exception.
Internships open doors to many opportunities. With the demonstrated skills and experience gained through and internship, graduates are poised to compete for full-time roles. For the past 30 years, SEO has helped students gain a competitive advantage.
SEO is relentlessly focused on transforming students into professionals with the transferable skills, networks and character to perform at the highest levels. SEO’s proven track record of success stems from our comprehensive approach to professional development.
We define success as positioning our alumni to attain their next opportunity.
SEO partners with industry-leading and global companies, prestigious investment banks and private equity firms, top-ranked corporate law firms and prominent nonprofits.
SEO also offers a pre-internship enrichment program called SEO-U to help underclassmen explore, identify, and prepare for their dream internship.
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SEO interns will work in a variety of disciplines, earn competitive pay (up to $1,300 per week), and gain valuable, transferable skills and experience.