DISCOVER OPTIVER’S GRADUATE AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
Accelerate your future in trading and tech
Your career with Optiver starts now.
Expressions of interest are open for Optiver’s 2022-23 Internship and 2023 Graduate Programs. Your degree could lead you to a role in our Tech, Trading, Research or Risk teams. Take a look at the opportunities below.
We’ve got a huge mission and an incredible team. The core benefit we offer as a company. We improve the market. The core benefit we offer as an employer. We improve your growth.
You’re looking to launch your career after graduation.
What to expect
No matter what team you join, your career at Optiver will begin with comprehensive training on the fundamentals of trading: theory, markets, strategies and cutting-edge technology. Then, you’ll put your knowledge into practice and work on real-time projects that deliver tangible impact right from the start.
Trading Graduates will also have the unique opportunity to complete their first four weeks of training in Optiver’s Global HQ office in Amsterdam!
You’re a penultimate or pre-penultimate student and looking to launch your career after graduation.
What to expect
Optiver’s internship program isn’t just a step forward in your career – it’s a launch pad. Get ready for 10-12 weeks immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market making. 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 learning more than in eight months studying for a degree.
As an eager pre-penultimate student, have you searched internship and opportunities only to be disappointed by the ‘penultimate’ or ‘grad student’ criteria? We get you!
What to expect
Optiver’s FutureFocus Program is designed to introduce you to the exciting opportunities and challenges in the world of tech and trading. You’ll learn about life at Optiver, and what a career at a leading global market maker could look like.
Explore each team will suit you best
If you’re joining as an intern or grad, your career at Optiver will begin the same way: with a period of comprehensive training. You don’t need to understand the financial markets. We’ll teach you that.
Our Trading teams share market insights and strategies, collaborating on their next move. The most exciting days are the ones that defy prediction, where the market throws uncertainty at you, and your challenge is to adapt and respond.
You’ll be a great fit if… You’re a natural problem solver with exceptional analytical and quantitative skills. You’re a strong performer with a passion for trading and eagerness to learn and continually improve.
Our custom-built technology is the core of our success. Our trading systems run on clean, well-tested code. As a grad or intern developer, you’ll be working with a passionate and curious team who thrive on solving complex problems.
Career paths Software Developer, FPGA Developer.
Typical degrees Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Mechatronics or Computer Engineering or similar technical degrees.
You’ll be a great fit if… At heart, you’re a problem solver. You don’t stop until you’ve figured out a solution and then found a way to improve it even further. You’re deeply passionate about technology, particularly software development, and have your own out-of-classroom projects to prove it.
Our Research teams collaborate closely with traders and engineers to advance the capabilities of our business and improve our market-making fundamentals.
You’ll be a great fit if… You are a creative, critical thinker; an inquisitive sceptic who, when told that something “just is”, starts to take it apart and understand why. You love getting into the details of problems and understanding how to turn big challenges into solvable pieces.
Interviewing at Optiver
What to expect when interviewing
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.
Sit online assessments (SHL and HackerRank)
Technical and behavioural interviews
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.
2022/23 Internship Program will commence in late November 2022.
2023 Graduate Program will commence late February 2023.
Accelerate your growth in one of the most dynamic and fascinating industries there is.
Check out our frequently asked questions about Optiver’s graduate and internship programs and discover more about our teams.
Excited by the prospect of interning at Optiver? Don’t hesitate to apply for next year’s open roles in Asia Pacific. Our program is constantly growing – and we’re looking for bright sparks like you.
At Optiver we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.
As Optiver’s Trading Intern, you’ll deep-dive 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 in Asia Pacific.
As Optiver’s Tech Intern, you will lead entrepreneurial projects that solve Optiver’s real-world challenges. In 12 weeks, you’ll develop latency-critical applications that helps 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.
As Optiver’s Graduate Trader, 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 in practice on our dynamic trading floor. Over the course of eight 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 drive our bottom line.
As Optiver’s Graduate Engineer, you are a maker at heart. And at Optiver you will have the opportunity to take ownership of complex problems and craft solutions—to make stuff—from day one. Every day will bring fresh challenges that demand even fresher thinking. And the proprietary trading systems you build will directly impact financial markets that—either directly or indirectly—touch the lives of millions of people..
Time to flex your grey matter
It’s not so much a quiz as it is a melter of the minds. Will yours overcome or overheat? Solve 10 highly complex problems hidden in various objects. They’ll truly test your analytical and mathematical ability.