IT Development Program

The American Airlines Development Program for Technology (ADEPT) was created to develop a technical talent pipeline for Information Technology (IT). The program is designed to promote business and leadership skills, and expose technology recruits to the diverse opportunities American Airlines has to offer. ADEPT is a two-year development and rotation program for recruits hired out of college as full-time employees.

The program is comprised of software developers who will work in a wide variety of technology, whether it's what you see at the airports, on or elsewhere.

ADEPT participants will receive:

International business travel

International business travel


Meetings with leadership, including brown bag lunches

Career development

Career development

Your Two-Year ADEPT Experience

ADEPT is a two-year leadership developmental program designed to kick-start your long-term IT career with American Airlines. Your first couple of weeks will begin with an immersion period where you will learn about our company, our culture and our current technologies. You will also experience firsthand the many different facets of the airline as well as engage in team-building activities.

Throughout the first year, you and your ADEPT teammates will build foundations for your leadership skills while having direct access to senior leadership. After completing your first year, you will rotate to another IT team to expand your experiences and grow your skill set. During this time, your ADEPT class brainstorms, leads and develops a group project that may span multiple business units and impact customers. The skills you will learn from leading the project from inception will provide experience to move your career forward. Upon completion of your second year, you will have the foundation to grow your career at American Airlines.


See what Maya Leibman, Chief Information Officer,
has to say about the ADEPT Program.

Join our team as a Software Developer

Design, install, test, and maintain the software systems of the world’s largest airline.

  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems (MIS), or related technical discipline
  • Good understanding of algorithms, data structures, object-oriented programming (OOP) design, and SOA principles
  • Familiarity with some of the following technologies: Java EE, database technologies, SQL, MVC Web Framework, Spring, PCF, C++, C#, Ruby
  • Understanding of Agile methodology including unit testing and test-driven development (TDD)

Abby Stickler

Technical Lead, IT Applications, IT Portal and Employee Travel

“My ADEPT class learned so much carrying a full-scale IT project (Track Your Bags) from requirements gathering to go-live. Had we not joined the company through ADEPT, it would have taken years to gain such a breadth of experience.”

Steve Fowler

Sr Principal Architect, IT Infrastructure, IT Shared Technology

“Through the ADEPT program I was introduced to leaders across IT, with the opportunity to learn from their experience. The ADEPT program was a fun and influential portion of my career at American. I am grateful I had the opportunity to participate and that I get to give back by helping those in the program.”

Alejandra Arriaga

Infrastructure Manager, Operations Technology

“What I love the most about the ADEPT Program is that it provides opportunities for the candidates to build and enhance their leadership skills. The skills I learned in the program have helped me grow my career at American Airlines.”

Past ADEPT projects

Track your bags

Prevent your bags from getting lost. This project introduced real-time luggage tracking to American Airlines.

Reactivate expired miles

IT ADEPT team members developed a feature that allows customers to reactivate expired miles on

Award map

Where will your miles take you? IT ADEPT team members created an Award Map, which helped customers discover destinations, so they could easily redeem miles for flights.





American Airlines

Culture and Benefits

Culture and Benefits

The American Airlines workforce represents a diverse world, and so does our ADEPT program. We encourage those with different backgrounds, cultures and experiences who can enrich our work culture, decision making and business strategy to apply. From the team members we hire, to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American.



Each spring, American Airlines designers, developers and IT professionals come together for the annual HackWars, an internal hackathon. With more than 100 teams, HackWars 5 in Dallas, Texas, became the largest event to date. Over the course of 24 hours, teams came up with innovative ideas that could help customers and employees.

About American Airlines

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline, serving more than 500,000 customers daily through 6,700 flights in 52 countries. We are proud of our commitment from 100,000 team members around the world.

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