Trading Experience for Women - Summer 2019 Internship

| Chicago

Located in the historic Chicago Board of Trade building, PEAK6 is redefining what it means to be an investment firm. We operate with a focused, entrepreneurial drive and we constantly push ourselves to think differently all the time.

We’ve taken our passion for the markets and developed a unique trading experience designed specifically to introduce women to the trading industry. Our Trading Experience is designed to encourage smart, ambitious, competitive women to break the mold. We’ve heard all the myths about trading—too cutthroat, too intense, too risky—but we know that’s not the case at PEAK6. To us, investing in women is a solid strategy. Women can make outstanding traders, but there are not enough female traders in the field yet. 

Our 10-week Trading Experience will introduce you to the basics of trading, help you see how empowering trading can be, and help you develop key skills that you’ll leverage throughout your career (even if you decide trading isn’t for you). You’ll have an opportunity to interact and collaborate with our traders on a daily basis, allowing you to experience first-hand the level of teamwork we embrace at PEAK6.

If you’re concerned about not having the right experience, don’t worry—we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Learning advanced option theory and the basics of volatility trading
  • Experimenting with PEAK6’s proprietary trading tools and technology
  • Testing, analyzing and coding your own trading strategies
  • Communicating, learning from, and articulating your ideas and strategies to senior trading partners

You’ll gain loads of experience in our Trading Experience but before you do, you should have:

  • Junior standing (graduating between December 2019 – June 2020)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills
  • Curiosity to learn and a drive to improve
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Ability to thrive in collaborative environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
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Technology we use

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

Location

141 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

An Insider's view of PEAK6 Investments

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

Associate HR Generalist

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 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 are PEAK6 Investments Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
FFC affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Once you hit 5 years of employment, you accrue four weeks of PTO.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8 week Sabbatical, plus optionally add up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the markets are closed, we are closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We have an annual company party that includes surprise, high profile performers. For our 20th year anniversary, Stevie Wonder opened for the Chainsmokers and we flew in our Dallas Apex colleagues.
Game Room
We have a ping pong table, cornhole sets, and giant Jenga in the office, as well as a pool and poker table on the roof of the building.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball. This year we were dodgeball champs!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
o Conferences & Seminars: 5 paid days/year o Speaker Series: semi-annually w/ best-selling authors (Jeremy Gutsche, Angela Duckworth, etc.) o Lunch & Learns o Book Club & internal library
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 degrees

Additional Perks + Benefits

-Hackathon:
o We recently hosted our second internal hackathon with members of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams developing, building and presenting 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.
-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: Divvy bike membership, Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

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