1. Career Edge - NYU High School Summer Program

Introduction to Financial Technology

Gain a broad overview of the intersection between technology and finance commonly known as “fintech.” This course focuses on three main developments in this area: 1) the application of distributed ledger technology in finance, with a special focus on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies; 2) the phenomenon of automated financial advice that is provided through online platforms, also known as “robo-advisory services,” reducing the need for direct interaction with financial advisers; and 3) loan-based or capital-raising platforms that directly connect issuers and investors (and eliminate the traditional role of banks), such as crowdfunding platforms and other peer-to-peer lending solutions. The course also offers some perspectives and insights into the current fintech job ecosystem and, specifically, what it takes to succeed in a career as an investment professional in the fintech industry. Even in a fintech world, knowledge of securities (stocks, bonds, and mortgage-backed securities, bitcoin and blockchain) is important, so this course will begin with a very brief introduction of these securities.

Ideal For

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students who are curious about advancements in the field of financial technology, such big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence

You'll Walk Away With

  • An understanding of how technology has impacted the design and delivery of financial products and services
  • The ability to identify and distinguish types of distributed ledger technology, such as bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies
  • Knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of using big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in finance
  • An NYU transcript showing grade(s) earned upon completion of the course (Please note: No college credit or certificate of completion is granted for this course.)

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Students from around the world attend NYU summer programs, but only a college prep program like High School Academy provides the opportunity to explore both traditional and emerging career paths.

Projects and short assignments provide take-aways that prepare you for college classroom work, while demonstrating your newly acquired skills.

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Applications for Summer 2024 will become available in early 2024!

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