Amex Sprinternship™

Break Through Tech x American Express

Overview of Program

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The Break Through Tech Sprinternship™ in partnership with American Express is a quick 3-week, (hence the sprint!) immersive, paid micro-internship that can put you in the running for a future paid summer internship at American Express. Sprinternships™ are run by Break Through Tech, and are designed to  provide college women (trans and cis), nonbinary, and other underrepresented groups in tech with work experience and a tech-industry résumé credential.   The Sprinternship™ will help you learn more about technology roles, join a cohort of similar students, and build your network of tech professionals, all while learning if American Express is a great fit for your next career move.

How it Works

3 Week Virtual Micro-Internship

You will work full-time as a virtual intern for 3 weeks – January 2-19 as part of a team at American Express.

Work in a Team

As part of a team of 3-5 student Sprinterns™ from other colleges, you will work collaboratively on a challenge project. The project parameters and expectations will be determined by American Express.  

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Inside the Program 

Prep Workshops

If this is your first time working in a tech office, we have you covered.  We will prepare you for your Sprinternships™ through workshops that cover resume writing, professional goal-setting, understanding organizational culture, working in teams, tech project management, and common software tools.  

Additionally, after you have officially been onboarded into the program and before the Sprinternship™ begins, American Express will provide you with access to their learning modules on Pluralsight. These modules will help you garner skills unique to the work you’ll be doing at American Express and you will be able to access the platform during the three week Sprinternship™ as well.

Sprinternship™ Challenge Project

Your team will receive a challenge project to work on throughout your Sprinternship™.  You’ll have the chance to collect background information, size up the problem, come up with a creative solution that uses technology, and pitch it to the leadership team.

Immersion into American Express

You will be welcomed as a full member of the American Express team.  Knowing about the inner workings of a business or organization can help you think about the career paths that might be in your future. You will meet with a range of internal departments within American Express and learn about what people do and how they work together.

Final Presentation

At the end of your Sprinternship™, you and your team will present your challenge project to senior leaders and engineers and get the opportunity to show off your solutions or products.

After the Sprinternship

Successful Sprinterns™ will be offered a 2024 summer internship at the American Express office, 3151 W Behrend Dr, Phoenix, AZ, (relocation expenses provided if applicable). Completion of the internship will further result in consideration for full time roles with the company.

Who Should Apply

In addition to all female-identifying and non-binary students, students in other underrepresented groups (Black, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, low-income, non-traditional, and first-generation college students) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program in an accredited US university and enrolled in or planning to major or minor in Computer Science, or related discipline.  You should be in good academic standing (2.5-3.0+ GPA) and on track to graduate by May 2024.  

Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to write and review code including familiarity with Python and Java. Familiarity with React and the basics of building in the cloud is preferable.

Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.  Candidates must also be willing to relocate to Phoenix, AZ for the summer internship and potential full time offer.


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