PEAK6 Tech Experience for Women (Summer Internship)

| Chicago

Located in the historic Chicago Board of Trade building, PEAK6 is redefining what it means to be a fintech firm. 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, 20 years later. We operate with a focused, entrepreneurial drive and we constantly push ourselves to think differently all the time.

We’ve taken that entrepreneurial drive and developed a new and unique experience in tech-focused software development designed specifically for women. We know women make outstanding developers and technologists, but there are just not a lot of female developers in the field (yet). We want that to change. Starting today. Starting with you. 

The PEAK6 Tech Experience is designed to encourage smart, ambitious, competitive women to break the mold. We know about the tech industry’s reputation for being too male-driven (Hello, Silicon Valley), and even more so within the financial sector.

To us, investing in women is a solid strategy. That’s why our Tech Experience is designed to do just that. It’s customized to introduce you to the basics of software development, help you see how empowering it can be, and help you develop key skills that you’ll leverage throughout your career. And, you’ll have an opportunity to interact and collaborate with our developers and technologists on a daily basis. So you can experience first-hand the level of collaboration and teamwork our tech team embraces.

You will collaborate and learn from some of the industry’s sharpest minds as you explore unique solutions and try fresh ideas that will benefit our financial services, trading businesses, and investment companies while working on current projects within the firm.

Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Participate in our ten week PEAK6 Tech Experience with other ambitious women like you from all around the country. And if you’re concerned about not knowing everything you need to know, don’t be — we’ll teach you.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Learns quickly. You’re intellectually curious and genuinely interested in data. You ask why, and push to identify areas of improvement.
  • Is ambitious. You’re driven to be the best. You challenge yourself by setting goals, beating them, and helping your teammates do the same. Your work ethic is legendary.
  • Loves data. You use data to find new opportunities and take smart risks. You follow your instincts, but support your ideas with data.
  • Is courageous. You’re willing to challenge the status quo. You trust your instincts and will say what you think, even if it’s controversial. You’re a born leader.
  • Operates with integrity. You always conduct yourself with honesty and operate ethically. You say what you mean, and mean what you say.

What you can expect:

  • A fast-paced, invigorating environment that offers new challenges every day.
    • Financial markets are constantly evolving – so are we.
  • Continuous iteration and improvement.
    • Your users work on the same floor as you, so the design-develop-deploy cycle is about as succinct as you’ll find.
  • Working with some of the sharpest, most collaborative people you’ll meet.
    • Not much happens in a vacuum here. Our team thrives on collaboration and the ability to count on one another to get things done. We want you to share your ideas.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to current sophomores and juniors (graduating Dec. 2018 – June 2020)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Working knowledge of a modern programming language — object-oriented languages are a plus
  • Preferred fields of study: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical discipline with a focus on software development
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
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Technology we use

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


141 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
141 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Insider's spotlight

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Data in finance is plentiful. Sometimes too plentiful and poor quality. These problems comprise a significant technical challenge in designing fast, clever, yet readable solutions. We work with our teams to identify the right breadth of tools to reason with the data, along with managing the volume of data that streams in like a firehose.

Patrick Wong

Senior Software Engineer

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

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

Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Equity
Company Outings
Conferences & Training
Dental Benefits
Generous PTO
Happy Hours
Health Benefits
Onsite Gym
Recreational Clubs
Sabbatical Leave
Stocked Kitchen
Tuition Reimbursement
Vision Benefits
Volunteering Opportunities
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