Application Security Intern at American Express

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Internship (1-4 Months)
Burgess Hill
Review Date
Information Technology
American Express is a Top Employer


The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Find and fix security vulnerabilities within various applications.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I enjoyed this internship a lot. I worked in a great team where I learnt a lot about the company, the technologies they used and getting to apply the skills i learnt at university to help develop software for them. They also hosted a lot of intern events outside of work which were awesome to take part in such as boat parties.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valued by all my colleagues. During my time at Amex I got to speak with Directors, VPs and SVPs all who made me as an intern made me feel very valued and respected. My team also helped me out a lot with any problems I had and were always keen to give me an ear.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given a lot of support by management. I had weekly meeting with my team boss to give feedback on how I was doing but also on how things could also be improved as well in the team for me as well. I also has weekly meetings with the program manager on how the internship program was going as a whole which was great.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was given a big task to do as part of the teams project, so I always had things to be doing every day. So I was never idle any day, either I was developing a new feature or I was learning about a new type of technology or language to use in the project.
5 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a lot of responsibility on my internship, as part of the task I was given I was allowed to have a lot of creative freedom with it especially when it came to front end/UX designs. I was got to help other interns on the program with some of their challenges too.
4 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I learnt a lot of new techniques on this program that I never learned at uni, such as a professional use of GIT. Working in a professional AGILE environment. Cleaver coding practises, networking and presentation skills. Frameworks such as React, Java Spring, RestFull APIs for example. These are all key skills that will help me progress at uni and in a future career.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Warm, welcoming and friendly. The office is open plan but has a very lively atmosphere with lots of good vibes an laughs
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It was very well organised. All events where sent as calendar invitations to our email inboxes so we were always aware of what was going on and when it was happening. At no point during the program did I feel left in the dark.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A lot, we had various workshops and ice breakers to aid our development during the program.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
5 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

There is a lot of opportunities to move up the ranks in the company but also to move around the company in different job roles and experiences making this a place where you can get a very diverse skill set. Or move to other teams of projects should you feel that what you are currently doing isnt really for you.
5 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Being based in Burgess Hill only a 10min train ride from Brighton. Brighton has a tone of pubs and clubs to choose from and as a holiday destination city it is always buzzing with life, fun activities to get involved in and socialise with your colleagues and culture. Brighton hosting 3 different universities within is also a very student orientated town so there are lots of students around the area too.
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Its not as cheap as the north/midlands but its also not as expensive as London.
4 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Being based in Burgess Hill only a 10min train ride from Brighton the night life is really great. Brighton has a tone of pubs and clubs to choose from and as a holiday destination city it is always buzzing with life and culture.
5 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There are loads of opportunities being based such as Swing Dance.
5 /5