Want to know how to intern at American Express ? Check out the explanation below !

Credit cards are the first thing that comes to people's minds when they think of American Express (AmEx). However, this didn't happen in the 1850s when it started as an express mail business. Several years later, he entered financial services, and through his focus on innovation, he became one of the largest global payment networks. If you want to be a part of the driving force in the world of finance, then an internship at American Express could be the perfect opportunity for you.

What are the types of internships at American Express and who can apply for?

Students who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or business administration are eligible to apply for American Express internships offered in areas such as risk analysis, machine learning, statistical modeling, software engineering, marketing, sales, human resources, etc. Internships last 2 - 6 months at their Gurugram or Bangalore office, and are awarded a salary of INR 35 - 60K. There are no rigid CGPA criteria, and the limits depend on the number of applications they receive.
In addition to academic eligibility, AmEx employs interns who have the good analytical and critical thinking skills needed to analyze large amounts of data.

How do I apply for an American Express internship?

1. Apply online - American Express careers

You can apply for the WINGS internship program at American Express by uploading your resume and submitting an online application. If you don't find a relevant internship, you can join the online talent community to get the latest info on opportunities and events.

2. Campus recruitment

AmEx visited several management and engineering colleges such as IIT, IIM, and BITS for campus recruitment activities.

3. Coding Contest

For technical roles, AmEx organizes hackathons on various platforms such as HackerEarth and HackerRank. Selected candidates are called for interview.

To learn more about the American Express recruitment process, you can also contact the recruiter by email at IndiaCampusRecruitment@aexp.com

What happens after you apply for an internship at American Express?
If your online application is collapsed, you will be contacted for an online test or group discussion. The test will have multiple choice or coding questions in which you must complete three. This will be followed by a round of interviews.

In the case of a campus recruitment drive, the selection procedure typically consists of five rounds - resume screening, an online aptitude test, two technical interviews, and an HR interview.

The aptitude test consists of multiple choice questions that aim to check your math aptitude, data interpretation, and logical reasoning. It might help to practice some CAT tests to prepare for this round.

The interviews on American Express revolve around the skills and profile for which you are applying. For example, you might be asked about the basics of the programming language you are good at and asked to write several programs. There may also be forecasts, case studies, and puzzles that evaluate your problem-solving approach.

If you are applying for a data analyst profile, you can expect questions on SQL, Python, Java, and C ++. Some examples of questions are

1. What are the applications of inheritance and encapsulation in real life?
2. Describe natural joins, cross joins, right outer joins, and left outer joins with the aid of diagrams.
3. What is meant by function overloading and operator overloading?
4. What is the k-neighbors algorithm?
5. Write a program to find the longest consecutive sequence in an array.
6. Hourglass puzzle - there are 2 hourglass consisting of 4 minutes and 7 minutes. Measure 9 minutes using both.
7. Horse puzzle - there are 25 horses and 5 tracks. Find out the 3 fastest horses in the minimum number of races.

The HR loop is a mix of general and company-specific inquiries and can be carried out by the vice president or department director. Some examples of questions are -

1. Why would you want to intern at American Express?
2. If you had a choice, which team would you like to join?
3. How does American Express make money?
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5. How do credit cards work?

What to expect once your internship at American Express begins?
Project-based internships at AmEx aim to expose interns to real-life business challenges. While you will be assigned individual projects, you will also work with other teams on a variety of projects. You can freely discuss your ideas and problems with other employees and senior leaders who will share the same space as you because of AmEx's open space offices.

Are you worried about a lot of work and no games? You may feel comfortable knowing that AmEx is known for its great work-life balance and has been recognized as one of the best workplaces in India. You can enjoy tremendous flexibility in terms of working hours and where you work from. This means you can avoid the agony of traveling to work after late at night and working from home! Apart from that, you will be a part of social events like office parties, team outings, games etc. The induction process at AmEx is also a sweet balance between learning and fun. Your first day will start with breakfast where you will meet other interns. This will be followed by an introduction to the different teams and their jobs. A mentor will be assigned to you who will guide you throughout the internship, especially with your projects.

At the end of your internship, you must present your project for final review which will go live if approved. Since internships are part of the appraisal for full-time employees, AmEx can offer you a job if you perform really well!

Tips from former interns at American Express

1. If you apply through the campus recruitment drive, make sure you attend the pre-placement talk. This will give you in-depth insight into AmEx jobs that will prove useful in your interviews.

2. Read about AmEx and the technology used by them. They are looking for students who are innovative and can drive change with their ideas.

3. You can prepare for coding questions and contests by practicing the sample challenges at HackerEarth and HackerRank.

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