Technology Summer Intern

by American Express

Best Student Employer


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • I worked in a team of 5 interns where we followed SCRUM techniques. We had daily stands ups, created features stories, planned and retrospected our sprints (2 weeks). We also demoed our progress alongside the senior teams at the end of the sprints. We were encouraged to contribute our perspectives and work just as any other team. In addition, we working using technologies such as Spring Boot, Jenkins and Gatling.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Yes, I have improved my knowledge of Java and my coding style. I have also learnt more about sprint planning and writing feature stories as well as the definition of done for a story. I also learned many new technologies and improved my teamwork, communication and presentation skills.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Absolutely ! We were made very clear how important our project is from the start, and how it will help the team which was very exciting !

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • We honestly received a lot of support throughout ! Both as a team and individually. Everyone was willing to help and there was almost always someone around to help us. We also had many individual chats with senior engineers where we had the chance to discuss any concerns and get feedback on our work and progress. These really helped in our professional and personal growth.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • It felt like one large family. Over 10 weeks we got to see just how much Amex focuses and cares about its customers and employees. The environment was very welcoming and pleasant. Going to work everyday never felt less stressful !

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed it ! It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot and have definitely become a better Software Engineer.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at American Express
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend American Express to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to American Express
  • Explore, learn and be confident, there's so much to learn from the experience !

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer and Systems Engineering

Central London and City

August 2021

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