Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide academic enrichment and career development opportunities to talented young people from underserved and underrepresented communities.
SEO Scholars is a rigorous year-round, out-of-school academic program that prepares motivated low-income public high school students to get to and through America’s competitive colleges and universities. The program serves 400 high school students in New York and San Francisco in addition to 212 college students across the country. The program is free for students and has tripled in size since 2006.
SEO Career recruits and trains outstanding college students of color for summer internships that lead to full-time jobs with investment banks, corporate law firms and other leading global companies. Historically, more than 75% of interns receive full-time job offers from SEO corporate partners. Over the past two years, SEO has provided more than 600 internships with more than 50 corporate and nonprofit partners.
SEO Alternative Investments
SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally under-represented in the alternative investments sector. Key components of the program include the annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference and a ten-month Fellowship Program (AIFP) that combines training and mentoring for positions in private equity and other alternative investments.
SEO is an alumni-driven organization. Once a student is accepted into SEO, s/he becomes a member of a network of highly successful leaders. Our alumni are well-represented as leaders in virtually every imaginable profession, and are all committed to using their success to create opportunities for the next generation. In fact, alumni leadership has spurred the creation of three international affiliates: SEO London, SEO China and SEO Vietnam. Combined with these international programs, the global SEO alumni network numbers more than 8,000 and represents 46 U.S. states and 45 countries. We support their ongoing professional and leadership development via panel discussions, networking events, virtual resources and volunteer opportunities.
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