Our Summer Internship and Graduate Programmes are currently not open to new applications, however you can register your interest for our 2022 intakes here and a notification will be sent when they open for applications in the Autumn.
We Are Mako
Mako is an options market maker with a global trading footprint, operating in the Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities and FX derivatives markets with offices in London, Singapore, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Mako’s history has followed options market making from open outcry in the trading pits of London, Amsterdam and North America through to screen based trading and more recently, the current trend towards automation, latency sensitive execution and algorithmic strategies. Underpinning Mako’s success in this journey is our expertise in managing risk and our entrepreneurial and collaborative culture.
At Mako, we are welcoming, inclusive and collaborative. We work fast and smart in a supportive and dress-down environment that allows colleagues to be themselves and achieve great things. We have a flat structure that offers unrivalled engagement with senior leadership and career development opportunities.
Mako’s Summer Internship is an immersive and structured programme specially designed to develop knowledge and experience of the industry and options markets. The holistic programme runs for an 8-week period and covers the markets in which Mako operates as well as fundamental option theories and risk processes.
Mako’s Summer Internship offers an exceptional opportunity to work with highly experienced traders to get hands on knowledge and to understand the options and wider financial industry in greater depth.
Be part of a Real-Time Trading Environment
From the outset, interns are introduced to our dynamic trading environment and are assigned stimulating and interactive projects to build upon their knowledge and understanding. You will complete specially designed projects to teach you about trading and will take part in various activities that are both fun and challenging.
Learn From Highly Experienced Traders
As an intern at Mako you will have access to all aspects of the firm giving you the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in trading. Additionally, you will participate in classes covering options theory and attend regular mock trading sessions in a collaborative and unique environment.
A rewarding summer that sets you up to succeed
The Mako internship is challenging, rewarding and fun in equal measure. From learning about trading to poker competitions to participation in our outreach and charity work, you will learn skills that will set up for success, whatever you choose to do beyond this summer.
Graduate Trader Programme
Mako’s Graduate Trader Programme is an immersive and structured programme specially designed to give our graduates the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and experience of the industry and options markets. The holistic programme runs for an 18- month period and covers the markets in which Mako operates as well as fundamental option theories and risk processes.
What we need from you
A trader can come from any background and there are many ways to solve the problems they face, but what all successful traders have in common is an ability to make logical decisions under pressure and to be able to react quickly to changing circumstances. Additionally, we are looking for:
- An ability to demonstrate a competitive edge; Mako is a very collegiate environment, but the market is not.
- An enthusiasm to learn about our business and make your own mark
- A very high demonstrable level of mathematical ability.
- Programming ability – e.g. familiarity with VBA and Python.
- An upper second-class degree in an STEM based subject or equivalent.
- Options theory is not required but is desirable.
Work in a Real-Time Trading Environment
From the outset, Graduate Traders are introduced to our dynamic trading environment and are assigned stimulating and interactive projects to build upon their knowledge and understanding.
You will initially complete our specially designed rotational training programme to teach you about all aspects of trading and will then be assigned to the desk which best suits your skillset and approach to trading.
Learn From Highly Experienced Traders
As a Graduate Trader you will be working closely with our Senior Traders, giving you the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced in the business. In addition, you will participate in classes covering a rigorous syllabus of options theory and attend regular mock floor-trading sessions in a collaborative and unique environment.
Rotate Across a Wide Range of Product Areas
Graduate Traders rotate across different desks giving the added benefit of exposure across the markets in which the market making team operates. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain an understanding across a wide range of products.
Innovation is key to our business and Graduate Traders have the opportunity to add value from the outset. Mako’s structure encourages a culture of exploration, challenge and learning. Working on various projects throughout their rotations and having access to a wealth of knowledge across the business. This is the ideal environment for sharing knowledge and generating ideas to drive our business forward.