2023 Trading Graduate & Intern - Expression of Interest

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Please note, our formal applications for our 2022 Trader and Trading Intern positions are currently closed. However, we’d love to stay in touch for 2023 full-time and intern opportunities!

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About our trading programs:

If a leisurely summer bores you, our Quantitative Trader Internship might be just what you need.  Stimulating, challenging, educational, rewarding, immersive and fun – our Trader Interns get to experience it all. As an intern, you’ll spend ten weeks learning trading fundamentals, trading on simulated markets, and completing projects in quantitative research, data science and financial modeling. Additionally, you’ll be paired with an experienced Trader to gain exposure to different trading desks, experience the financial markets firsthand, and get a sense of our office culture. It’s an expedited training program that’ll put you on the fast track to your career as a Trader.

For full-time trading roles, we hire academically accomplished and well-rounded thinkers and mold them into great traders. Your career here will begin with six months of comprehensive training on the fundamentals of trading: theory, markets, strategies and cutting-edge technology. From there, you’re off and trading. You and your team will adjust prices, monitor positions, and make trades using our custom proprietary software. In partnership with our Engineers, you will continually refine and optimize your trading strategies. After all, the only constant in the market is change, and what worked today may not work tomorrow. The best part of it all? The immediate, high-visibility results – you’ll never have to wait long to see the impact of your decisions.  

Trading at Optiver:

Optiver makes markets. Our traders make it possible. Relying on a deep knowledge of math, stats, econ and engineering, you will design, execute and improve trading strategies. In the process, you will improve the very functioning of our financial markets by providing fair and accurate pricing. And you’ll do it in all market circumstances, no matter how volatile, thereby managing risk for anxious market participants. So the fruits of your labor will be apparent every minute the markets are open.

What you’ll need:

  • Superior quantitative and logical reasoning skills
  • Interest in strategic games and/or competitive activities
  • Experience programming or scripting a plus
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required.  We will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening.

Intern Specifics:

  • Sophomore or junior standing for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a STEM field

Full-Time Specifics:

  • Graduating with a BS or MS degree in a STEM field
  • Have an expected graduation date between December 2022 and June 2023 (spring and fall 2023 start dates available)

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

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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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