How to Apply

Ready to see if you have what it takes to join SEO Career?

Before you apply, here’s what you will be responsible for during your time in the program:

  • Completing online technical training coursework specific to your industry/internship to enhance your technical skills and knowledge
  • Maintaining contact with your SEO Career Coach, an excellent resource to help you with any advice on how to navigate corporate culture and the offer process
  • Participating in interview preparation for potential partner interviews
  • Attending required SEO Career events (including the week-long SEO Career Summit in NYC)

Application Qualifications:

  • You must be a Black, Hispanic or Native American student enrolled in an accredited, four-year, U.S. college or university
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome
  • All majors
  • GPA of 3.2. or above required for competitive candidates; Candidates with a GPA of 3.0 will be considered

 

FAQs

  • Who should apply?

     

    While all are welcome to apply, we target U.S. Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors).

    All undergraduate candidates must be attending an accredited, four-year, U.S. college or university.Transfer students must provide a transcript from both institutions and a cumulative GPA. Transfer students from a 2-year school must have a GPA at their 4-year school.

    Freshmen may apply in their fall semester without a GPA. All other candidates must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA to be eligible. We will also take your SAT or ACT scores into consideration as do our partner companies.

    All majors are welcome. Relevant majors and/or coursework for specific roles are strongly encouraged. For example, finance, accounting, economics, STEM, and related business majors for business roles and computer science or electrical engineering for technology roles. All majors can be successful law candidates.

    There are limited opportunities available for international candidates. However, international students at U.S. institutions, who have F-1 visas and OPT or CPT work authorization, are eligible to apply. International exchange students are not eligible.

    Competitive candidates exhibit:

    • A drive to succeed as evidenced by academic achievement, professional experiences, and campus involvement
    • A willingness to learn and take on new challenges
    • A leadership orientation, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to thrive in team environments
    • Professionalism, maturity, and strong communication skills
    • Business acumen, attention to detail, and comfort with quantitative concepts (for business internships)
    • Analytical thinking and problem-solving capabilities
  • What will I receive?
    Freshmen
    • Selected participants will receive free business, finance, or technology career prep resources, training, and coaching through SEO Edge
    • Current freshmen are encouraged to apply to the program so long as they would be completing their first year of college before starting an internship.
    Sophomores/Juniors
    • Selected participants will receive free business, finance, or technology career prep resources, training, and coaching through SEO Edge
    • Sophomores/Juniors may be selected for internships with our partners.
    • If you are seeking an internship, you are encouraged to apply to receive career prep resources, training, and coaching through SEO Edge
    Seniors/College Grads
    • Seniors/College grads interested in business, finance, and technology are not eligible for SEO Edge or internships through SEO Career
  • When should I apply?

    It’s best to apply as soon as possible. We review applications for SEO Edge on an ongoing basis and candidates are selected to receive career prep resources, training, and coaching year-round.

    Those candidates seeking summer internships with our partners will be reviewed monthly from October through April and make selections on a rolling basis. There are approximately six rounds for internship consideration: October 1, November 1, December 1, January 1, February 1, and March 1.

    Final deadlines will vary by internship. Candidates who apply after the final deadline may be considered at our discretion:

    • December 15: Consulting and Sales & Trading internships
    • January 1:International students for Business and Technology internships
    • April 1:All other Business and Technology internships

    Note: You may apply at any time to SEO Edge for professional development support, beginning in your freshman year of college.

  • Will all applicants be interviewed?

    We do not interview all candidates. If you are selected to interview, we will notify you via the email address provided on your application. Please be sure that it is accurate and remember to check your spam folder for correspondence from SEO Career (@seo-usa.org).

    Once you apply, we will process your application and may follow up to request more information, invite you to interview, and more. The process will vary based on your profile and interests.

  • Can I apply directly to SEO Career partners for internships and scholarships?

    Yes, you can apply to SEO Career partners directly and you are encouraged to do so. Please be sure to notify the partner that you are applying to SEO and keep SEO staff informed of your progress with the partner. Before accepting any offer, please discuss it with our staff as we will be able to offer guidance around your decision. In certain cases, we may be able to expedite your decision.

  • Does participation in SEO Edge guarantee an internship placement?

    Participation in SEO Edge does not guarantee an internship offer or automatic matriculation into SEO Success, but it greatly enhances the participants’ chances of success.

  • Are you automatically accepted into Career Success if you accept an offer with a Partner company?

    No, acceptance to a partner internship program does not guarantee acceptance into SEO Success. A candidate will still be required to apply for SEO Career and participate in the program to be considered for acceptance into SEO Success.

  • How does SEO Career assist me with obtaining an internship?

    SEO assists fellows with obtaining internships in two ways; by sharing resumes with our partners, and through direct referrals to specific opportunities. In both instances, the partner may contact the fellow directly to invite them to interview.

  • How can I retrieve and report my SAT/ACT standardized test scores?

    Please contact ETS at (609) 921-9000 for SAT test scores or contact ACT at (319) 337-1313 for ACT test scores. You may also contact the Admissions or Registrar’s Office at your College/University for your test scores. If requested, please use CEEB code 334023 to have an official report(s) sent directly to SEO Career. Please list your highest combined examination scores. SEO Career reserves the right to verify all test scores with the ETS and the ACT.

  • An SEO Career alum has offered to write me a letter a reference. How do I submit this?

    They can email a recommendation to us at seocareer@seo-usa.org. The alum should include his/her contact information, employer, and SEO Career year. The letter should address the following items:

    • Why have you taken an interest in this student’s candidacy?
    • Are you knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic achievements or extracurricular activities? If yes, comment on specific accomplishments.
    • Provide a candid assessment of the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses.
    • Identify some of the applicant’s qualities that make him/her an outstanding SEO Career candidate.
  • Can I submit an unofficial transcript?

    You may include an unofficial transcript when submitting your application. This can be a printed grade report or an “official” transcript issued to student.

    We will require an official transcript before admitting you to the program (either sent directly or issued to student). You should email or mail that document when you are invited to interview.

    Your official transcript should be mailed directly to our offices (Attn: SEO Career – Transcripts, 55 Exchange Pl., Suite 601, New York, NY 10005) as soon as possible after you receive the request. You may also bring the official transcript with you to your interview.

    We must have your official transcript on file in order to make a final decision on your candidacy. In some instances, we may also request an updated transcript with your fall semester grades.

    If you transferred schools, please upload all relevant transcripts or email them to seocareer@seo-usa.org.

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    Your document may be too large. Please make sure the file containing your picture is no larger than 100MB. Try pasting your picture into a word document or sending a pdf of a scanned picture. You can also email your photo to seocareer@seo-usa.org.

  • What is an SEO Summit and how does it differ from the Edge Summit?

    The SEO summit is a mandatory, in-person training open only to SEO interns. This usually takes place a week or two before the start of the summer internship and seeks to provide interns with additional professional development, technical and industry knowledge, and networking opportunities.

    There are no scholarships for this training; it is self-funded and it takes place in New York City.  However, SEO may offer short term loans to assist with the cost of attending training (transportation, lodging, etc.).

    SEO Edge Summits are a chance for students to network with one another, the SEO team, and industry professionals. It consists of various career and professional development workshops.

    SEO Edge summits are held throughout the year, in multiple locations. Anyone in the Edge pipeline is eligible to participate in the summits.