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Software Engineering Summer Internship for Women

About the role:

PEAK6 is a leading investment firm headquartered in Chicago. More than 25 years ago, we were one of the first firms to develop sophisticated proprietary technology in our trading business. Spearheaded by co-founder, Jenny Just, we’ve taken our passion for technology and created a software development experience designed to introduce women to the FinTech industry. Our internship is meant to encourage smart, ambitious, tech-savvy women to break the mold. We’ve heard all the myths about FinTech—too cutthroat, too intense, too risky—but we know that’s not the case at PEAK6. We know women make outstanding developers and technologists, but there are not enough female developers in the FinTech field yet. We are changing that.

You can expect the internship to include:
  • End-to-end ownership of an impactful project with a team of interns, culminating in a final presentation to senior leadership
  • Developing innovative tools within our proprietary trading platform. Past examples: framework for notifying users of app updates, data quality dashboard, crypto data ingestion, execution algo exploration tool, stock research feed from Slack, and many more!
  • Work with a variety of languages–Java, Python, Go, and JavaScript–as well as technologies such as Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB, Airflow, Kafka, Kubernetes, and Docker
  • One-on-one mentorship focused on your learning and growth while progressing on your project
  • Attend training on options trading alongside our trading interns
  • Overviews on each of our development teams, and deep-dive sessions on critical systems
  • Weekly poker lessons and games through our Poker Power organization!
  • Multiple opportunities to hear and learn from women in the FinTech space, both within PEAK6 and from other organizations
  • Close collaboration with business stakeholders and end users on projects
  • Dynamic, fast-paced work environment where the need to stay ahead of the curve means you’ll learn every day
  • The opportunity to bring your ideas to life and own the prioritization of your work with our biweekly “Hack Day”

You’ll gain loads of experience in our internship but before you do, you should have: 
  • A graduation date between December 2023 – June 2024 
  • Availability to relocate to Chicago for the internship
  • Competent software development skills in a modern object-oriented programming language and the ability to learn new languages and technologies quickly
  • Desire to learn about FinTech

We’d love to hear about: 
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills with high attention to detail
  • Curiosity to learn and a drive to improve
  • Ability to thrive in collaborative environments
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Interest in financial markets