The Summer 2023 application opens February 15!

One line of code can change the world. Come write yours with top financial firms.

FinTech Focus is a two-week immersive program designed for incoming college freshmen with an interest in finance, computer science and technology. Over the course of the program, students learn the principles of computer science, gain exposure to the financial services industry, and get hands-on experience developing real-world applications. Students will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, learn the basics of banking and finance, and gain insights into STEM career paths available in college and beyond. The course will take place virtually, with the support and sponsorship of top financial firms. The program is open to students who are completing their final year of high school and are planning on enrolling in an accredited college or university for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.

One line of code can change the world. Come write yours with top financial firms.

FinTech Focus is a two-week immersive program designed for incoming college freshmen with an interest in finance, computer science and technology.

Over the course of the program, students learn the principles of computer science, gain exposure to the financial services industry, and get hands-on experience developing real-world applications. Students will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, learn the basics of banking and finance, and gain insights into STEM careers paths available in college and beyond.

The course will take place virtually, with the support and sponsorship of top financial firms. The program is open to students who are completing their final year of high school and are planning on enrolling in an accredited college or university for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

FinTech Focus is sponsored by

Bank of America logoJP Morgan Chase and Co logoMorgan Stanley logoWells Faro logo

FinTech Focus is sponsored by

Bank of America

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo

Skills you'll gain

  • Mastering the core components of the Python development language.
  • Learning to use the command line to control a computer like a professional developer.
  • Creating beautiful user interfaces using HTML and CSS.
  • Developing prototypes and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).
  • Building full-stack applications using the Flask web framework.
  • Connecting to, and using, APIs to integrate applications with the wider web.
  • A deeper understanding of the FinTech sector and professional opportunities in the field.

Eligibility

Applicant Requirements

  • Expected high school graduation by June 30, 2023
  • Anticipated enrollment in an accredited university for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024

Desired Skills

  • Strong interest in software engineering or computer science
  • Strong interest in technology and financial services
  • Great time management
  • Team player mindset
  • Willingness to work collaboratively

Testimonials

“Fintech Focus is a truly immersive program for beginning programmers to gain a solid foundation in the world of code. It provides a unique perspective on the intersections of tech and finance. I gained invaluable exposure to the industry and made amazing connections throughout the program!”

- Ellery, Summer 2022

“This is the best way you could ever spend your summer. You not only have the possibility to improve your coding and finance knowledges, you get to make friendships that would possibly last for life. The family atmosphere in the cohorts makes the learning process to be pleasurable and motivates you to try your best.”

- Ion, Summer 2021

“This program introduced me to a lifestyle and career that I thought I would never be able to pursue. Coding can be intimidating but with Fintech Focus, I felt loved and supported to start coding with no judgement.”

- Anjali, Summer 2020

FAQs

What are the dates/times of the program?

There are two program sessions: July 10 - July 21, 2023 & July 24 - August 4, 2023. If accepted, you will be assigned to one of the sessions. You may note your session preference on your application. FinTech Focus sessions run only on weekdays, from 9am - 4pm EST. Participants are expected to attend all days of their assigned session.

When is the application due?

Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 2, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

What is the cost of the program?

There is no cost to participate in the program. Additionally, participants will be paid a total stipend of $1,000.

If I'm not from the New York City metro area, can I attend the program?

Yes! FinTech Focus is accepting applications from students nationally for summer 2023. However, we do prioritize applicants from Georgia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas.

What are the program technology requirements?

Participants will need a quiet place to work with access to Wi-Fi in order to participate. A laptop will be required. If you do not have access to a laptop for the duration of the program, you may apply for a loaner laptop.

What is the curriculum?

The curriculum is project-based, and students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the technologies used to build web applications. Primary areas of concentration include back-end programming with Python, front-end development and design using HTML and CSS, and the Flask web microframework. By the end of the course, students will have built their own full-stack web application. This class is not a replacement for a college computer science course - rather, it gives students a practical introduction to building real-world applications. Students will find that the skills they learn in this program will continue to be useful in college-level computer science courses. In addition to coding, participants will learn about the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry and gain a foundational understanding of corporate banking/finance.

What happens after the summer?

After the immersive two-week program, students will join an active alumni network where they will gain access to webinars, weekly office hours, workshops, events, and more. The FinTech Focus team hopes to provide support and guidance to students as they move through college and begin their professional careers.

Not sure if FinTech Focus is right for you?

Join us for an upcoming information webinar session on February 22nd, March 9th, or March 20th to learn more about the FinTech Focus program! These sessions will review curriculum, the application process, and provide a space for attendees to ask any outstanding questions about the program.

2023 Updates

The application for FinTech Focus Summer 2023 will open on February 15. Please check back then or use the link below to sign up for updates.

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