Graduate Engineering Apprenticeship (2022 Start - Chicago) at Optiver

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Are you a STEM student looking to leverage your strong problem-solving and analytical skills to establish a technical career? Optiver's Engineering Apprenticeship transforms high-aptitude candidates into technical professionals through mentorship and on-the-job learning on one of our IT Operations teams. This opportunity is entry-level and no technical experience is required as we provide you with the training and tools to become a successful IT Operations engineer. The Apprenticeship is a great way to start a full-time IT Operations career on either the System Reliability (SRE), Windows, or Linux Engineer teams.

What you’ll do:

  • Complete relevant professional training courses (ex: Python, PowerShell, Linux, Windows)
  • Work with mentors to learn technical skills, operational thinking, and engineering design
  • Work at a technology-driven company where you can make an immediate impact
  • Start your career in IT Operations on our System Reliability, Windows, or Linux Engineering team

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree (engineering degree is a plus)
  • Have an expected graduation date between December 2021 and June 2022
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn and adapt
  • Strong work ethic and passion for operational excellence
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Who we are: 

Optiver is a proprietary trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilizing force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

*We accept one application per role per year. If you have previously applied to the Engineering Apprenticeship position during this season and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once the next recruitment season begins for 2023 start dates.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages


130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

An Insider's view of Optiver

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my favorite aspects of Optiver is the openness of our company culture. We’re always encouraged to learn from each other and share ideas across teams, and this spirit of collaboration really permeates every interaction you’ll have.


Quantitative Trader

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Optiver hosts a family-oriented summer event.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees • Generous 401(k) Plan • 25 days of paid vacation • Free catered breakfast and lunch daily • Weekly in-house chair massages • Complimentary in-house barista

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