SEO helps young professionals move to the top

If you are looking for a career track that is always changing, fast, fun, challenging and most of all financially rewarding, you might want to consider a career in Investment Banking.

Investment Banking is not exclusive to only business majors; math and science majors make up some of the many diverse backgrounds of those working on Wall Street.

Sponsors of Educational Opportunities (SEO), a non-profit organization, have provided many internship opportunities for minorities in the finance field.

SEO was founded in 1963 during the height of the modern civil rights movement as a mentoring and college prep program for underprivileged high school students in New York City. The organization was based upon the conviction that all students can succeed when given access to opportunities.

As the number of SEO’s students that went to college increased, SEO recognized that there was a need to advocate for increased opportunities for minorities in the corporate workforce.

In 1980, the SEO Career Program was established to help high achieving students from minority backgrounds reach their career goals by providing internships in some of our nation’s most challenging fields.

“SEO is giving minorities the opportunities that they might not ever have,” says Thomas McLeary, a third year Business Administration student from Chicago.

The SEO Career Program, started in Wall Street, and began with 11 students placed at four investment-banking firms. The Career Program now partners with more than 40 firms, offering over 300 career blazing summer internships in the following eight areas. : Accounting, Asset Management, Corporate Law, Global Corporate Financial Leadership, Information Technology, Investment Banking, Management Consulting and Philanthropy.

SEO’s Career Program has placed over 3,500 Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Native American students in internships that lead to opportunities that offer rewarding careers in the most competitive industries worldwide.

More than 80% of SEO interns receive job offers from partner firms after their internships.

Graduates have enjoyed high-paying jobs coming straight from college and onto Wall Street with entry-level salaries ranging from $65,000 to $100,000.

SEO is featured in Princeton Review’s 106 Best Internships in America, and is a gateway to the highest paying careers.

SEO grooms its interns to excel in the workplace and become leaders in the community, while forging a path to success for the next generation.

SEO interns receive a comprehensive internship experience that goes far beyond placing students at companies.

Interns gain exposure to CEOs and top executives of partner firms through the SEO Summer Seminar Series.

Interns are supported by an extensive mentoring program, and are welcomed into a powerful alumni network comprised of more than 4,000 alumni in 43 states and 30 countries.

“SEO is an organization that has provided me with opportunities and access that I had never really envisioned. The pay is rewarding and the experience is priceless,” says Keith Patterson a Grad Student from Philadelphia, PA.

Warren Buffet, one of the richest people in the world, who’s made much of his fortune off of investing said, “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”

SEO will be at FAMU in the Senate chambers located in the Student Union building on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.

Contact Jarred C. Morgan at