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About Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Matching Talent with Opportunity for Over 50 Years

Our story

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity was founded as a non-profit in 1963 as one of New York City’s first mentoring programmes for underprivileged high school students.  Its aim was to provide personal and educational development for students from minority ethnic groups by means of sustained support and coaching.

In 1980, SEO established a Career Programme in New York to provide summer internship opportunities to university students at investment banks on Wall Street. Subsequent internship programmes have been developed in management consulting, corporate law, marketing, human resources, accounting, technology, and non-profit.  Additionally the programme has expanded geographically to London, Shanghai, Ho-Chih Mihn City, and now Accra.

In the summer of 2015, about 1,500 students were placed in internships in over 140 companies in these cities across the world.  SEO now has over 11,000 alumni resident in over 40 different countries.

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