Magazine article Black Enterprise

B.E. on Campus: From the Classroom to the Board Room

Magazine article Black Enterprise

B.E. on Campus: From the Classroom to the Board Room

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American Express New York, New York

Although American Express has no formal training program, it has a broad recruiting program. It recruits business graduate students at seven institutions, most of them on the East Coast.

Pat Hargrove Buckley, manager of campus relations for American Express, notes that "We have found that those institutions have provided us with a nice, diverse pool of personnel for the functions we recruit for, and we have a lot of alumni from them who work for American Express."

For entry-level jobs, the primary feeder at American Express is its summer internship program. It had 103 interns this year in all areas of the company from many colleges and universities. Graduate students usually intern for one year; undergraduates for two years.

American Express also participates in certain alliances to increase the number of minority recruits. One of these is I called "A Better Chance." Based in Boston, the organization offers opportunities for undergraduates to network with corporate executives. As a corporate sponsor, American Express provides scholarships for students from this group and twice a year interviews affiliated students who are graduating for full-time positions. American Express also works with Crimson & Brown, minority recruiters headquartered in Boston, as well as Inroads, the national internship organization.

As for internal training, Buckley says the company has no formal program. It recruits by function into various operating areas. …

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