Olympians & Paralympians Business Development Program

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world’s leader in digital payments technology, Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

Visa has been a passionate partner of the Olympic Games for 35 years, and the Paralympic Games since 2002, supporting athletes to achieve their dreams on the field of play as they inspire next generations to reach for theirs. At Visa, we believe that Olympic and Paralympic athletes have the potential to become tomorrow’s business leaders. As you look to enter into the next chapter of your life, Visa’s OPDP will empower you to hone your talent, potential, and unique leadership skill set in a business setting.

You’re an Olympian or Paralympian who is ready to make an impact. We have a program to accelerate your growth.

Together, let’s match your talents with critical business opportunities.

 You + Visa = Everywhere You Want To Be


Through the one to two-year program, Visa provides diverse rotational work experiences and focused development, to kick-start your career in business, building a pipeline of future Visa leaders with cross-functional business experience & knowledge.

Sample Rotational Assignments

Visa’s Global Product Team is responsible for all aspects of product strategy and development in consumer and business products that drive revenue growth for Visa. The team develops new channel solutions and technology support, builds alliances and solutions for new products, and is responsible for product analytics. Products include Visa’s prepaid cards, Visa Signature, Verified by Visa, and others.

Responsibilities in a rotation may include:

  • Support day-to-day relationship management for a select group of strategic partners
  • Design and pilot various programs with prepaid and alternative debit clients
  •  Performing ad hoc analysis, business intelligence requests and data extractions

Visa’s Global Marketing & Communications Team conducts market research and analytics on consumers and clients to develop best-in-class marketing plans that accelerate Visa product adoption and growth. Additionally, this team is dedicated to increasing Visa brand equity through building trust with clients and investors and communicating corporate themes like Financial Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility, among other strategies.

Responsibilities in a rotation may include:

  • Researching key merchants and their marketing strategies and summarizing the public data on those merchants
  • Support activation, client marketing or operations and logistics related to Visa’s Olympics, NFL or FIFA partnerships
  • Developing social engagement playbook and managing social engagements

Visa’s Global Merchant Sales & Solutions organization strives to be a trusted, strategic partner for the merchant community, delivering tangible value to increase revenue, increase efficiencies and grow business intelligence. The team is staffed to align with customers and business opportunities around the world.

Responsibilities in a rotation may include:

  • Researching and analysing industry to support Small and Medium Sized Businesses.
  • Create and manage sales / pipeline management reporting
  • Supporting the Travel Vertical in launching several key strategic initiatives, internal and external clients

Visa’s Global Corporate Strategy Team is responsible for corporate strategy development and coordination, enterprise strategic projects and planning, strategic intelligence, and knowledge management. The team identifies, develops, and executes high-impact, complex global corporate initiatives that improve Visa’s growth and market position globally.

Responsibilities in a rotation may include:

  • Collaborating with product and business lines across Regional and Functional areas to align on recommendations
  • Work with external vendors to conduct consumer research on data privacy issues 
  • Supporting competitive pricing intelligence data gathering, analysis, and strategic response

Visa’s Global Audit, Risk and Public Policy Team works to ensure the safety, soundness and integrity of Visa and the payments ecosystem. They are responsible for identifying and mitigating threats to Visa while supporting the company’s growth and maintaining thought leadership on issues of importance to clients and governments everywhere. They work alongside business partners and clients to advise on risks, develop mitigations, maintain strong internal control and stay ahead of threats to the security of the payments ecosystem.

  • Responsibilities in a rotation may include:
  • Conducting research and analysis of industry trends in the landscape to identify, prioritize and quantify key strategic trends.
  • Establishing robust and secure controls, tools and policies to manage risk and regulatory compliance
  • Partner with Internal/External Comms to drive awareness of Risk initiatives and activities

 In addition to meaningful work experience, focused programmatic development will include:

  • Intensive, two-week orientation alongside your peers
  • Leadership exposure
  • Coaching and mentorship
  • A peer community and regular networking events
  • Ongoing targeted professional skills & behaviours training
  • Select opportunities for international work rotations

Meet some members and graduates of the program here


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree: Bachelors and/or Masters
  • All majors welcome to apply
  • Competed in an Olympic or Paralympic Games, including first-time athletes competing at Tokyo 2020 in 2021
  • Intellectual horsepower
  • Excellent analytical abilities
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Currently open to U.S. legal residents only.  

Additional Information


  • Applications Open: February – April 30, 2021
  • Interviews: March – May 2021
  • Program Start Date: September 13, 2021

Work Hours

  • This position requires the incumbent to be available during core business hours.

Travel Requirements

  • This position may require the incumbent to travel for work, typically 0-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements

  • This position will be performed in an office setting which will require the use of a desk and standard office equipment as well as communications in person and by telephone or other means.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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