Product Design Intern - Summer 2021 Internship at PEAK6

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PEAK6 is a leading investment firm headquartered in Chicago. More than 20 years ago, we were one of the first firms to develop sophisticated proprietary technology in our trading business. PEAK6 was brought to life by the idea that the development of integrative technology can improve how business is done. The passion for that idea powers our firm still. Designed for rising college seniors, the PEAK6 2021 Product Design internship is a highly engaging summer program that will develop your product design and professional skills. You’ll work with a group of Product Managers, Engineering Teams, and Designers delivering web-based applications that power the robust PEAK6 trading platform. Our goal is to enable our end users (traders and trading support teams) to excel in service to our customers. 

What you’ll do all day:

  • Work with Product Designers to translate concepts into wireframes, mockups, and prototypes that lead to intuitive user experiences 
  • Partner with Product Managers and Engineering teams to build a powerful and interesting user-centered designs for application experiences and reusable systems 
  • Communicatdesign decisions to teams and management via understandable and actionable high-fidelity designs and design systems 
  • Develop and present flows for trading experiences across a variety of new components, apps, and platforms 
  • Conduct research to inform the overall viability of new products for traders and trading support as well as to inform design and user experience approach
  • Be mentored by a member of the team to help you reach your full potential 

What you need to succeed: 

  • Junior standing in pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduating between December 2021 and June 2022 
  • A portfolio which demonstrates strong conceptual skills with a diverse range of visual styles 
  • Ability to understand agile workflows and iteratively design user experiences that meet user needs.  
  • 1+ years in user experience and/or product design in using design best practices to design solutions  
  • Interest in expert systems and data-dense software  
  • Exceptional communication skills 
  • Ability to collaborate with other designers and non-designers (product managers)  
  • Ability to self-manage time and work  
  • Interest in trading & finance industry is a bonus but not required  

Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, PEAK6 has decided to protect our current and future employees by managing our business remotely. This is inclusive of interviewing, onboarding and each role day-to-day. Please consider that our roles will not be remote long-term and will return to an office setting once we're safe to do so following the guidance of local health authorities and the CDC. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

Chicago Board of Trade

An Insider's view of PEAK6

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

This is very important and luckily, we feel it’s something attainable for our employees. We have a generous time off policy, in addition to other affiliated vacation perks and leave benefits.
For example, to help employees save time on conventional tasks, we offer complementary services in the office, such as manicures, massages, and yoga classes.

Courtney Kuhnen

Human Resources Business Partner

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our developers are also a part of the decision-making process. We help our technologists take an interest in the business side of things - they know how the end product should work. Our developers know how the traders are going to use a product and after a product is delivered, the developer stays involved – making sure that things work efficently.

Rishi Kamath

QA Development Lead

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a big focus on career growth, especially for those in technology. Because of our size, there are opportunities to prove yourself and rapidly increase your responsibility on a team. And because of Peak6’s culture of constantly trying new things, there are often opportunities to get in at the ground floor of new ventures in a leadership role

Paul Whalen

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We organize “tech days” where employees are encouraged to work on tech projects of their choosing. Projects have ranged from mobile apps to Sega emulators to workflow improvements for our developers. Recently, tech days took the form of a more formal hackathon, in which technologists and traders teamed up to prototype several new trading tools.

Luke Peeler

Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I like working at PEAK6 because there’s always something exciting to work on and I’m always learning something new. It’s also a privilege to work with so many smart people that are never hesitant to act as mentors. Lastly, PEAK6 gives me the opportunity to wear many different hats – I’m never restricted to working on just one thing.

Sean Lester

Software Engineer

What are PEAK6 Perks + Benefits

PEAK6 Benefits Overview

We provide good flexibility in terms of work-life balance, an open and candid atmosphere, and development potential as the company continues to grow. You can really advance your career at PEAK6, while working in a great space, surrounded by friendly people, and learning new things daily.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
PEAK6 offers coordinated volunteer and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year including, Go Red For Women, Socktober, Filling in the Blanks Backpack Drive, Matching Gifts and Holiday Giving.
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
POWHER seeks to amplifying women’s voices through the knowledge of money.  BRIDGE, Black Resourceful Individuals Dissolving Gaps Everywhere
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer generous medical, vision & dental plans, including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer annual wellness screens and flu shots at no additional cost to employees.
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the FFC-affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade at a discounted rate and free access to yoga classes at Bottom Line Yoga.
Mental Health Benefits
Offering Ginger, an emotional well-being and mental health app to employees and their dependents ages 18 and older. GuidanceResources, an employee assistance program to help with life's challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
PEAK6 offers a Matching Gift Program to encourage employees to become active in the support of non-profit organizations and to have a voice in determining the recipients of charitable contributions.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
PEAK6 offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Adoption Assistance
PEAK6's adoption assistance program provides employees with reimbursement for up to $5,000 (per child) of adoption expenses.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Employees with 5 years of service accrue four weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8-week Sabbatical, as well as adding up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the U.S. financial markets are closed, PEAK6 is closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Our employees wear casual attire like jeans, button-down shirts, and t-shirts. On any given day, many employees will be wearing branded PEAK6 clothing.
Commuter Benefits
PEAK6 offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employee through WageWorks, as well as a Zipcar discount.
Company Outings
PEAK6 has themed social events throughout the year as well as a popular annual company party known for featuring surprise, high profile stars like Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers and Keith Urban.
Free Daily Meals
For three Fridays a month, employees enjoy noshing on bagels. For the remaining Friday, employees are treated to a free "Expiration Date" lunch.
Game Room
We host (in office) ping pong, cornhole, and poker tournments. Our employees enjoy a rooftop bar/deck that also includes a game room.
Stocked Kitchen
PEAK6 has a fully-stocked kitchen that includes a cereal bar, coffee bar, a variety of healthy food choices and drinks, as well as an abundance of snacks to put a rumbling stomach to rest.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
The Culture Club at PEAK6 works to host themed social events throughout the year.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: table tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball.
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance plans for new employees and their families.
Fitness Subsidies
PEAK6 offers free yoga classes to Chicago employees at Bottom Line Yoga, which are currently conducted via Zoom.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
PEAK6 is firmly committed to learning and development as a way to grow and develop employees.
Tuition Reimbursement
At the discretion of management and after completing one full-year of employment, we reimburse up to $8,000 per employee each calendar year for certifications and other educational programs or degree.
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a dedicated team of employees who volunteer to be a part of our Culture Club. This group works to connect employees through delightful experiences while making a positive impact on PEAK6 life. The Culture Club plans many social and philanthropic employee events throughout the year.

We host bi-annual hackathons as a collaboration of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams to develop, build, and present new ideas to the firm. The teams are free to explore solutions to problems in and outside of finance. One hackathon resulted in the creation of a new internal system for setting up meetings and booking rooms.
Additional perks include:
-Matching gift up to $1000/employee/year
-Free semi-monthly massage day
-Free monthly manicures, pedicures, and mens clip and clean
-Free onsite yoga 5 days a week
-Free concierge service
-Discounts: Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

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