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United Airlines Associate - Early Career Digital Leadership Program in Chicago, Illinois

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The United IT team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions that are brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics and digital solutions.

Job overview and responsibilities

Candidates selected for the Early Career Digital Leadership Program will commit to three (3) eight-month rotations for a total of 2 years. Candidates will work across at least two separate portfolios in both technical and process oriented roles, gaining cross-portfolio knowledge and increasing their overall digital technology acumen at United. Based on team placement, candidates may receive the opportunity to work directly with others in program. All candidates regardless of team will receive opportunities for continuous growth through technical, personal and leadership events outside of their direct role. If selected for the Early Career Digital Leadership Program, candidates will be given detailed assignment overviews and self-select into a role based interest ranking and skillset. Roles will be awarded based on seniority in program. Specific duties will vary based on the team placement within Digital Technology.

Job functions will vary based on specific team placement:

  • Security, risk and compliance focuses on ensuring applications are secure by addressing vulnerabilities both proactively and ongoing

  • Infrastructure, cloud and engineering focuses on moving applications to the cloud and developing cloud best practices

  • Operations technology focuses on building and maintaining applications that support our front line employees including but not limited to applications for flight attendants, gate agents, pilots and more

  • Digital Channels technology focuses on building, enhancing and maintaining customer facing applications such as and the United mobile app

  • Digital channels strategy focuses on data analytics, data engineering and process engineering & efficiency


  • Bachelor's degree

  • Experience working on a fast pace, results oriented team in a summer internship capacity

  • Experience working on individual tasks and projects independently with little direction

  • Knowledge of Data Structures

  • Knowledge of Rest API’s

  • Knowledge of Git/SVN

  • Knowledge of Agile software development cycles

  • Exceptional technical, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Solid interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork

  • Object Oriented Programming

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • At least one 12 week summer internship in Digital Technology at United Airlines

  • Successful completion of Digital Technology Summer Internship Program

  • Preferred Knowledge of: WCF, REST, SOAP, ORMs, Python, Java, JavaScript, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Configuration driven application Development, Version control and continuous integration principles, Message queuing systems, and IIS configuration

  • Foundational United specific digital technology knowledge acquired in 12 week internship

  • Experience with Test Driven Design

  • Experience with MVC(Model, view, Controller) architecture

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled