SEC seeks professional accounting fellow applicants

The positions will begin in the summer or fall of 2018.

The Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) of the SEC is seeking applications for professional accounting fellow (PAF) positions that will begin in the summer or fall of 2018. The PAF program, which began in 1972, is designed to provide participating fellows with outstanding opportunities for public service to investors, personal development, and career advancement. During the term of the fellowship, the successful candidates may participate in the study and development of rule proposals under the federal securities laws; liaise with accounting, auditing, and other professional standard-setting bodies; and consult with public companies on financial reporting matters.

OCA is seeking candidates who can draw upon their significant experience in auditing the financial statements of public companies or in consulting with or working for public companies on the preparation of their financial statements, as further described in its announcement. The announcement also includes further information about candidate eligibility and the application requirements for these positions. The announcement is available on OCA's homepage on the SEC's website at sec.gov.

Inquiries about the PAF program may be addressed to the attention of Tom Collens (202-551-8559 or collenst@sec.gov) or Sheri York (202-551-6196 or yorksh@sec.gov) in the Office of the Chief Accountant.

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