Akuna Capital Trading Internship, Summer 2019/2020 — Sydney

About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is a young and booming trading firm with a strong focus on cutting-edge technology, data driven decisions and automation. Our core competency is providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we provide competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models.

Our Founding Partners, Andrew Killion and Mitchell Skinner, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

Akuna Sydney opened in early 2018 and is at the center of Akuna’s Asian trading operations. Akuna’s focus in Asia is currently trading HK, cryptocurrencies and US night markets and is looking to expand to trading on all major Asian exchanges. Employees will work together towards achieving Akuna’s goals across all areas of the business, including trading and desk buildout, cutting-edge research and data analysis, strategy creation, and building ultra-low-latency trading systems that are tailored to local market conditions.

What you’ll do as a Trading Intern at Akuna:

We are seeking Trading Interns to join our dynamic team at Akuna Capital for our 7-8 week Akunacademy internship - which will run from January 6th, taking place in our Sydney office. Ideal candidates are motivated and have a desire to make an impact at a growing firm. Akuna gives new traders the opportunity to learn from the most successful members of our Trading team and apply their knowledge quickly.

Our relaxed offices provide a positive atmosphere for learning and innovation. We’re committed to providing valuable mentorship from our Senior Traders that will help you to learn quickly, find value from our internship program and make an immediate impact on the business. By the end of our program you’ll be comfortable with both option theory and trade execution.

Trading Interns are bright, math-savvy, and have a strong desire to learn how to make markets in a rapidly growing trading firm. We’ll teach you how to leverage our proprietary technology while implementing a variety of trading strategies and ideas so you can get on the trading screens and make an impact on the bottom line of the firm. If you are looking for an opportunity to start your career at an exciting firm, Akuna could be the right place for you!

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • Pursuing a BS/MS/ PhD in Engineering, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Actuarial Science or a related/equivalent field
  • Strong math aptitude, numerical and quantitative analysis skills
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter ready to work in a fast paced, competitive, team environment
  • Desire to understand and learn about financial markets and economic theories
  • Programming experience preferred
  • Passionate about problem-solving and finding creative solutions in an ever changing market
  • The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently while fostering external professional relationships
  • Detail oriented
  • Graduation date of June 2021 or prior
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