Software Engineer Internship Summer 2023

  • Job Description:
    • Are you excited to play a meaningful role in creating CTC's next generation of trading infrastructure and applications? Do you thrive in an innovative environment? If so, we encourage you to consider Chicago Trading Company! 

      Our Story 

      Chicago Trading Company (CTC) helps the world price and manage risk. We pride ourselves on our strong values, our entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to doing the right thing. Our culture is highly collaborative across traders, quants, technologists and development teams who work together to solve the toughest problems our markets have to offer. We strive to make a positive impact on our industry, the lives of our employees, and the communities to which we belong. 

      Started in 1995 by a team of Traders, we are proud to call ourselves an industry leader that keeps making markets and each other better. As we look to the future, we strive to scale our successful options market making business to expand into new markets, new technologies, and new geographies. Our technology and information platforms will play a paramount role in that growth and expansion. 

      The Role

      As a Software Engineer (SE) Intern, you will be challenged to learn and adapt in a dynamic, forward-thinking, and fast-paced environment and will experience life as an engineer on one of our technology teams. Your impact is immediate and meaningful.

      As a Software Engineer Intern you will work alongside software engineers designing, solving and testing complex coding problems that will deliver solutions to our trading tools and risk applications. These distributed real-time systems will require you to have a proven understanding of computer science concepts, software development skills and methodology, and effective communication and teamwork abilities.  You will get exposure to the design and implementation of these systems, which will allow you to build upon your technical skillset. 

      There are a variety of languages you could get experience working with including (but not limited to): Java, C++, Python, and Angular. Software development cycles at CTC are short and releases of proprietary software are frequent. This is a fast-paced and dynamic team environment where our engineers quickly see the results of their effort, and the impact that work has on our businesses.  

      What to Expect

      Beyond your role in CTC’s Technology business, the internship program gives you insight into our culture and an inward look into what our business is all about. You will participate in two classroom learning experiences including a week-long Basics of Options class, and a series of trading simulations (Mock Trading). You will also attend planned social activities and talks from various business leaders to improve your professional growth, and build not only your network with our employees, but also with fellow interns. You will: 

      • Deliver a technical project in an impactful role mirroring that of a full-time Associate Engineer 

      • Get hands-on experience with and exposure to the trading technology, including a 1-week Trading Basics class, mock trading, and trading desk shadows 

      • Have weekly one-on-one meetings with your manager to ensure you are progressing and learning throughout the program 

      • Receive one-on-one mentorship from a member of our technology team 

      • We place a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration built through various educational and social activities 

      • We provide summer housing with your fellow interns in downtown Chicago as well as free lunches and special outings throughout the summer 

      What it takes for you to be successful

      • You have a foundation in data structures, object-oriented programming, and algorithms, and can apply them to real-world problems 

      • You have an interest in learning about technology, trading, pricing and risk management. No prior knowledge or experience in finance is necessary, but a deep curiosity and a hunger to learn is essential 

      • You are a highly motivated, humble, and collaborative team member 

      • You thrive in a team-based environment filled with driven people that value a healthy work-life balance 

      • You can effectively communicate ideas both written and verbally that showcase your analytical skills 

      • You seek constructive feedback to grow your capabilities 

      Key requirements

      • You are pursuing a BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a similar technical field with Java, C++, or Python experience 

      • You expect to graduate between December 2023-June 2024

      • You have a demonstrated record of success (academics, awards, volunteering, community service, etc.) 

      • You are willing to relocate to Chicago, IL for the summer 

      • You are either eligible to work in the United States with no restrictions or you are eligible to work in the United States temporarily/will require visa sponsorship for permanent authorization 

      Why should you consider interning at CTC? 

      • Be part of a fast-growing, industry-leading global technology company 

      • Excellent support system to ensure your learning and development 

      • Fun, collaborative, team environment 

      • Opportunity to work with and learn from forward-thinking leaders in our industry 

      • Competitive pay, free housing downtown Chicago, and free breakfast, lunch, and snacks! 


      Application Timeline

      Please apply by October 1st, 2022.

      • Following the application process, you will receive an online assessment from Codility to test your programming skills. The assessment will be sent out to you the Thursday after you submit your application, so you have the weekend to complete it. 

      • Based on your assessment results, you may be invited to a virtual first-round interview. We will notify you about your first-round interview status on a rolling basis.


      Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

      At CTC, we aim to cultivate a workplace that celebrates diversity and each person feels included, engaged and empowered. Where each of us feels we belong. We are committed to having a diverse workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.  

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