Explore Optiver’s
internship program

INTERNSHIPS

Your chance to achieve
exponential growth

Optiver’s internship program isn’t just a step forward in your career – it’s a launch pad. Get ready to be immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market making. Owning projects that directly impact our world-class trading systems. Collaborating with and mentored by the industry’s best and brightest. Not to mention having fun exploring the cities in which we operate alongside your class of global peers.

With Optiver’s internship program, your work improving the market starts today.

Our program

An immersive program to unlock the rest of your career

Optiver approaches its internship as a long-term investment. By undergoing the same trainings and work as our full-time tech, trading and data science teams, you’ll see what impact you can make at a leading global trading firm. By the end of your internship, our goal is to have identified future colleagues to return to our world-class teams after graduating. It’s not just a summer gig. It’s a crash course designed to unlock the rest of your career.

INTERNSHIPS

You bring the talent,
we take care of the rest

At Optiver, we believe the best equipped go furthest. To enable you to hit the ground running, our internship delivers everything you need to feel productive, motivated and balanced. This means no detail is overlooked in taking care of your total well-being.

It all starts with where you live. To make you feel right at home, our interns are provided with complimentary fully furnished, deluxe accommodation. In the office, you’ll see that every day is game day at Optiver. To keep you energised, we provide healthy meals and snacks, and our baristas brew the rocket fuel. With your nutrition tended to, it’s go time.

To fast-track your knowledge, you’ll receive the same trainings as our full-time tech and trading team members. But it’s not all about professional development. We also care about creating an experience that leaves you with a solid network and great memories. That’s why our interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social outings and events from city tours to chess tournaments.

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A day in the life

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OUR disciplines

Find your path

Excited by the prospect of interning at Optiver? Don’t hesitate to apply for next year’s open roles. Our program is constantly growing – and we’re looking for bright sparks like you.
Trading internship

As Optiver’s trading intern, you’ll deep-dive into the fundamentals of trading, from theory to financial markets, strategies and cutting-edge technology. But you won’t only receive our intensive in-house training – you’ll put your knowledge into practice through simulated trading. Requiring a competitive edge, decisive thinking and bold action, our program is as close as you can get to real trading experience. What’s more: the projects you fully own and develop will be implemented directly into our trading desks, meaning you’ll contribute to our ever-evolving strategies. Get ready to test your limits on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors.

Technology internship

As Optiver’s tech intern, you will lead entrepreneurial projects that solve Optiver’s real-world challenges. In only a couple of weeks, you’ll develop latency-critical applications that help us improve the markets. With guidance from your mentor, team and senior developers, you’ll experience the excitement of a fast-paced development cycle – owning a tight feedback loop, testing and shipping your code to production. By collaborating with traders and researchers, you’ll get an inside look at tech at Optiver, as well as fast-track your development. This is your chance to directly impact the business.

Research and data science internships

As Optiver’s research or data science intern, you’ll put your brilliant quantitative skills to the test by developing and improving our trading strategies. You’ll not only deep-dive the fundamentals of Optiver’s complex trading systems but see firsthand how this theory translates into practice on our dynamic trading floor. Over the course of a couple of weeks, you’ll be tasked with exploring a real-world research problem that directly influences how Optiver trades. With two mentors from research and trading, you’ll get the support and guidance needed to maximise your impact and grow our bottom line.

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Global opportunities

Explore our internship opportunities by region

Internships
Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific internships

Get ready to be immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market making in Sydney, Taipei, Singapore or Shanghai. Owning projects that directly impact our world-class trading systems. Entrusted to develop and execute live market strategies. Collaborating with and mentored by the industry’s best and brightest. 10-12 weeks to launch your career at a leading global trading firm.

About you

You are eligible if you are a student graduating in 2023. You need an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to secure full working rights after graduating.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary package
  • Flights and city apartment paid for by Optiver
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and in-house barista
  • Social events organised by Optiver and much more!

Application Process

We aim to keep the process as smooth and simple as possible. This allows you to be at your best during the process, so you can give your all for the tests and challenges. Here’s the steps you can expect as part of your application and interview process.

  1. Submit application
  2. Sit online assessments (SHL and HackerRank)
  3. Phone screen
  4. Technical and behavioural interviews
  5. Congrats, you’ll receive an offer!

Mark your calendar

Depending on whether you’re applying for a role in the Sydney, Singapore or Taipei keep an eye on the dates you’ll start.

Sydney
  • 2022/23 Internship Program will commence in late November 2022.
  • 2023 Graduate Program will commence in late February 2023.
Singapore
  • 2023 Internship program will commence in May/June next year.
Taipei
  • 2023 Internship program will commence in late June next year.
Shanghai
  • 2023 Internship program will commence in mid-August next year

FAQ

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United States

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United States

Get ready for 10 weeks immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market-making in Chicago or Austin! During your internship, you’ll own projects that directly impact our world-class trading systems, be entrusted to develop and execute live market strategies and collaborate with some of the industry’s best and brightest.

Eligibility

Trading/Quantitative Research:

  • Students graduating in 2024 or 2025 with a BS, MS or PhD in an engineering or computer science field
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is NOT required; we will sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Technology:

  • Students graduating in 2024 with a BS/MS degree in an engineering or computer science field
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Benefits

  • Highly-competitive internship compensation package
  • Optiver-covered flights, living accommodations and commuting stipends
  • Various office perks, including onsite breakfast and lunch, snacks and in-house barista
  • Social events, clubs and much more!

Application process

We aim to keep our application process as smooth and simple as possible. This allows you to be at your best during the process, so you can give your all for the tests and challenges. Here’s what you can typically expect as part of the application and interview process:

  1. Submit application
  2. Submit online assessments (SHL and HackerRank)
  3. Phone screen
  4. Technical and behavioural interviews
  5. Optiver offer

FAQ

Check out our frequently asked questions about Optiver’s graduate and internship programs and discover more about our teams.

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Europe

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Internship in Europe

Get ready for 8 weeks immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market-making in Amsterdam! During your internship, you’ll get the opportunity to own projects that directly impact Optiver’s world-class trading systems. Our interns collaborate with the best and brightest to experience life at a leading global trading firm.

About you

You are eligible if you are a student graduating in 2024 and available during the designated internship period.

Benefits

  • Fully covered travel to Amsterdam
  • A fully furnished apartment in the city centre for the entire duration of the internship
  • Exciting social events and outings, and a bicycle to explore Amsterdam
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee, provided by our in-house chefs and baristas
  • The possibility to receive a full-time offer upon completion of the internship

Application Process

We aim to keep the process as smooth and simple as possible. This allows you to be at your best during the process, so you can give your all for the tests and challenges.

Here’s the steps you can expect as part of the application and interview process.

  1. Submit application
  2. Sit online assessments
  3. Complete a behaviour interview with the Recruitment team
  4. Undertake technical and behavioural interviews with the business
  5. Congrats, you’ll receive an offer!

Mark your calendar

  • 2023 Internship Program will take place from July-August 2023
  • We have multiple 2024 Graduate Program start dates so keep an eye out for our opportunities!

FAQ

Check out our frequently asked questions about Optiver’s graduate and internship programs and discover more about our teams.

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Interested in Optiver’s global internship opportunities? Check out our opportunities here.

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