U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

About U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Established in 1974, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates the derivatives markets. Derivatives markets are the financial markets for instruments such as futures, swaps, and options contracts, which are derived from other forms of assets. The CFTC aims to foster open, competitive, and financially sound derivatives markets.

CFTC Opportunities for Students
The ever-evolving financial markets provide an excellent foundation for you to begin an exciting and fulfilling career. The CFTC has opportunities for students and recent graduates to experience the agency’s scope of work and culture. The Pathways Internship Program provides a dynamic training and mentoring program to jumpstart your career, and it can be a direct pipeline to full-time employment. If you aspire to make a difference and are interested in finance, accounting, information technology, economics, or the legal field, consider joining the CFTC to launch your career.

More About the CFTC
The CFTC is led by a Chairman and four Commissioners with 12 operating divisions and offices including the Division of Enforcement, the Division of Market Oversight, and the Market Participants Division. These groups work together to ensure that market participants can use the vital derivatives markets with confidence. The CFTC is committed to being the global standard for robust derivatives regulation by ensuring it is responsive to emerging technologies and trends including digital asset commodities and Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing.

At the CFTC, you’ll find an inclusive and welcoming culture, where all employees feel valued, safe, empowered, and respected. Led by the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, the CFTC embeds diversity and inclusion into its daily operations from attracting great employees to developing purposeful strategies.


Summer Intern for the Division of Clearing and Risk

June 2018 - August 2018 Washington, DC
“I learned a ton and they gave me so much responsibility. I had a lot of freedom to choose my projects and I ended up spending my days rearching blockchain, Bitcoin, and distributed ledge technology so that I became the go to person for questions and concerns for new proposals.”
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