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US Student Programs

Bring Aspirations Shine Bright®

Enjoy the freedom to learn and explore a variety of career paths. Find your spark at Discover.

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What We Offer

Find the career path that's right for you

Our Emerging Talent programs are designed to help launch your career and find the path that’s right for you. Here, you can delve into new skills, explore career paths, and connect with mentors and peers. You’ll be encouraged to grow and enjoy the journey of finding your spark.

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Program Benefits

Get set up for success

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Develop your industry knowledge, technical acumen, and leadership skills

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Take on challenging assignments that accelerate growth

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Get hands-on support from managers and subject matter experts

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Connect with peers, alumni, and senior leaders

Internships & Full-time Programs

Find your perfect opportunity

We offer a range of internships and full-time development opportunities across three key areas:

Technology

You'll help us deliver applications, enhance cybersecurity, minimize risk, support infrastructure and much more.

Technology at Discover is all about using innovative and efficient tech solutions to elevate our business. That covers everything from app development, advanced analytics and architecture – to infrastructure support, tech operations, and cybersecurity. Potential roles include: Software, Data Engineering, Programming, Cloud, and Cyber.

Data & Analytics

You'll provide critical insights into consumer and corporate performance to drive high-quality, fact-based decisions. You'll also help us use behavioural data to improve our capabilities and processes to mitigate fraud, risk, and potential business threats.

Analytics at Discover is focused on using high-quality data and insights to influence our decision making and accelerate success. Potential roles include: Modelers, Data Science, Data Analytics, Business Analytics, and Data Governance.

General Business

As one of the most recognized brands in our industry, we have multiple consumer products, services, and operational functions that need the best people in the business.

Join our General Business team and you’ll get live experience across many different areas that make Discover tick. These include: Business Process Management, Card Operations, Consumer Banking, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Payments, Risk Management, and Strategy.

Interview and Career Skills

Discover Professional Skills – Virtual Job Simulation

We’ve partnered with Forage to offer a way to jump start building your careers skills at Discover.

  • Complete tasks guided by pre-recorded videos ad example answers from our team at Discover.
  • Earn a certificate and add it to your resume and LinkedIn as an extracurricular activity.
  • Use these new skills in your applications and throughout your career journey.
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Initiatives

Data & Analytics at the AARC

 

As a participant in our Data & Analytics Internship, you'll be first in line to apply for a role within the AARC program.

The Advanced Analytics Resource Center (AARC) is our latest investment in technology and analytics, as well as bringing tech careers to Chicago. If you are just beginning your career in analytics, the AARC provides a fast-paced experience combining our customized analytics training and rotational exposure to different areas of the business.

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Our US Programs

Three ways to Shine Bright

Wherever you are on your academic journey, you can find your spark at Discover.

We have two exciting programs for Sophomores: Diversity Accelerator and Explore Discover. Both will give you a chance to experience our culture, enhance your professional skills, and help you to prepare for our Summer Internship. 

  • Diversity Accelerator: A 3-day event at our Global Headquarters in Riverwoods, IL. Students from all schools who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented, including but not limited to Black, Hispanic/Latine, and women in technology are encouraged to apply. 
  • Explore Discover: This program is designed to introduce students to Discover’s culture while growing your skill set. Events will be hosted virtually throughout the summer of 2024.

2024 Diversity Accelerator Attendees:

This event is limited to sophomore students and is by invitation only upon submitting your interest form and resume. Interest forms are no longer being accepted. 

All individuals will be notified of their invitation status by mid-March 2024. Due to limited availability, we encourage participants to submit their interest form early. For those who are invited and attend our Diversity Accelerator, Discover will cover the costs of lodging, meals, and beverages. Furthermore, we will arrange and sponsor accommodations for students traveling a distance of 50 miles or more. Please refrain from making any arrangements to attend until you have been contacted by Discover.

2024 Program Qualifications:

We’re looking for optimistic students driven to find ways to help millions of consumers in our technology, data and analytics (decisions and analytics), and general business areas.

Interested Sophomore must be:

  • Enrolled at an accredited university and graduating between December 2025-August 2026
  • Declare or be considering majors in: Computer Science, Information Systems, Actuarial Science, Analytics, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or a Business-related field
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a passion for making an impact through innovation, collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Applications for our 2025 Sophomore Programs are currently closed and will open in January 2025.

In the meantime, join our Talent Community and stay up to date on our events and programs.

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Kickstart your career with our Summer Internship Program. You'll get expert training, exposure to senior leaders, and make your mark on exciting projects. We offer internships in Technology, Data & Analytics and General Business.

Following the internship, you’ll be considered for our Full-Time Program, where you'll receive even more mentoring, skill development, rotational assignments, and everything you need to find your spark.

Qualifications
We’re looking for enthusiastic students driven to find ways to help millions of consumers in our technology, data & analytics, and general business areas. Internship applicants must be:

  • Enrolled at an accredited university leading to a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Preferred majors include: Computer Science, Information Systems, Data and Analytics, Engineering, Business, or similar fields
  • For 2024 internships, must have a graduation date between December 2024–June 2025
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Applications for our 2024 Internship Program are currently closed.

Applications for our 2025 Internship Program will open this Fall. In the meantime, join our Talent Community and stay up to date on our events and programs.

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Our Full-time Rotational Programs give new grads the freedom to explore, try new roles, and work on a variety of projects. You’ll receive mentoring, skill development, and rotational assignments that will challenge your thinking and floor the gas pedal on your learning and advancement. We offer an exciting range of full-time opportunities in Technology, Data and Analytics, and General Business.

Qualifications

We're looking for graduates that are:

  • Enrolled at an accredited university leading to a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Preferred majors include: Computer Science, Information Systems, Data and Analytics, Engineering, Business, or similar fields
  • For 2024 full-time roles, must have a graduation date between December 2023–June 2024
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Benefits for full-time employees

At Discover® we support employees’ well-being both in and out of the office. Our benefits package features comprehensive insurance, financial planning support, and various resources to help you be your best at work and home.

  • 25 days of paid time off per year
  • Insurance cover for health, dental, vision, and more
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with fixed and matching company contributions
  • Development and training opportunities
  • Flexible work environment
  • 7 paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pre-paid tuition to select online bachelor’s degrees
  • Commuter benefits
  • Onsite Fitness Centers
  • You Care, We Share Volunteer Program
  • Group auto, home, and pet insurance
  • Onsite Health Clinics
  • Onsite Emotional Health Counselors
  • 24-Hour Nurse Hotline
  • Housing assistance (Internship Program)

Applications for our 2024 programs are currently closed.

In the meantime, join our Talent Community and stay up to date on our events and programs. 

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Application process

A step-by-step video guide to kicking off a career with us. For more details on the process, watch this helpful video.

Step 1

Submit your application

Step 2

Join us for an interview

Step 3

Receive your offer (subject to screening)

Step 4

Join our on-boarding experience

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