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

FinTech Focus is a four-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. It is open to students who are completing their final year of high school and are enrolled in an accredited university for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

FinTech Focus is a four-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. It is open to students who are completing their final year of high school and are enrolled in an accredited university for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

FinTech Focus is sponsored by

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

FinTech Focus is sponsored by

Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

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.
  • Interacting with databases.
  • A deeper understanding of the FinTech sector and professional opportunities in the field.

Eligibility

Applicant Requirements

  • Expected high school graduation by June 30, 2021
  • Anticipated enrollment in an accredited university for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

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

FAQs

What are the dates/times of the program?

The program starts on July 5, 2021 and ends July 30, 2021. It runs on all weekdays between these dates from 9am - 4pm EST. Participants are expected to attend all days of the program.

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 provided to all participants (shipped to participants’ locations before the program begins).

When is the application due?

Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 22, 2021.

What happens after the summer?

After the immersive four-week program, students will join an active alumni network where they’ll gain access to webinars, weekly office hours, 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.

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 $2,400.

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

Yes! We accept applications from students that do not attend a New York City metro area high school. However, we do prioritize applicants from Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; and the New York City metro area.

What is the curriculum?

The curriculum is project-based, and focuses on web development with Python. Languages and technologies covered include HTML, CSS, Python, Flask, and Databases. 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 also gain a foundational understanding of corporate banking/finance.

What happens after the summer program?

After the immersive four-week program, students will join an active alumni network where they’ll gain access to webinars, weekly office hours, 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 March 5 or March 10 at 5pm EST 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.

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Applications for FinTech Focus 2021 will open on February 16, 2021. Sign up below to be reminded when the application goes live.

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