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We are looking for inquisitive problem solvers to join us for our Summer Internship. 

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, Amsterdam, Singapore and Sydney.

Mako’s history has been a leader in options market making from open outcry in the trading pits of London, Amsterdam and North America to today’s latency sensitive execution and algorithmic strategies. Underpinning Mako’s success in this journey is our expertise in managing risk and our entrepreneurial and collegiate culture.

At Mako, we are welcoming, inclusive and collaborative. We work efficiently and smart in a supportive environment that allows colleagues to be themselves and achieve great things. We have a flat structure that offers unrivalled engagement with senior leadership.

A unique internship for curious mind

Mako’s Summer Internship is a structured virtual programme specially designed to develop knowledge and experience of the industry and options markets. As Trading becomes more automated and data-driven so does the overlap between our software engineering and trading teams.

The holistic programme runs for a 6-week period and covers the markets in which Mako operates as well as fundamental option theories, risk processes and the technology we use across the business

The Internship will offer modules such as Options Pricing, Quant Research, Equity Research and Software Development, creating a holistic syllabus to provide a fantastic insight into trading, technology and Mako itself over the course of the Internship. Individual modules will contain a lecture and Q&A with a specialist member of the Mako team and directed learning throughout the week, leading to an assignment to complete which will be assessed and feedback given. We expect there to be around 2 hours of lectures and contact time each week, with 3-5 hours of directed self-study and an assignment to complete. The internship will not be paid, however prizes will be awarded to the best submissions each week at the end of the course.

Throughout the internship, we will also host events such as Q&A’s and mock trading sessions for participants in addition to hosted networking events in our office. Our 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.

What we need from you

  • A very high demonstrable level of mathematical ability
  • Currently studying a STEM based subject
  • Programming ability – e.g. familiarity with VBA /Python or Go/Java/C++
  • A positive attitude and passion for learning
  • Problem solving ability

The Mako internship is challenging, rewarding and fun in equal measure and designed to provide you with skills that will set you up for success, whatever you choose to do beyond this summer.

If you require any support or adjustments with the application process or have any questions about the application process, please contact recruitment@mako.com


About Mako

Mako has an established history in using technology and a deep understanding of pricing and risk management to provide liquidity on global exchanges. Our innovative and entrepreneurial approach ensures that we play a leading role in shaping the future of trading and technology.

What really differentiates us from the rest? We think it is our integrity and the value that we place on our people and relationships.