IT FPGA Summer Internship


Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. For over 35 years, Optiver has been improving financial markets around the world, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With more than 1,600 employees in offices around the world, we’re united in our commitment to improve the market through competitive pricing, execution and thorough risk management. By providing liquidity on multiple exchanges across the world, we actively trade on 70+ exchanges, where we’re trusted to always provide accurate buy and sell pricing – no matter the market conditions. 

Since its establishment in 2012, our Shanghai office is a rapidly growing participant in the Chinese markets, trading exchange-listed futures, options and equities in China mainland. Our vision is to become the trusted partner in the development of Chinese financial markets. With the culture of a start-up but the backing of a 35+ year-old trading firm, the Optiver Shanghai office is truly unique. Everyone who joins us will help shape the future of our company and its global impact. Get ready: we are only just beginning. 



We now have an IT FPGA Internship program commencing in July 2023. FPGAs are critical in executing successful trades. With no external clients, we operate in a fast feedback, quick release environment. You’ll work in a close knit, multidisciplinary team to design and develop accurate, efficient devices that solve real business problems. You’ll also:

  • Take ownership of a project with tangible business value
  • Explore new mechanisms for faster data communication/processing to accelerate network infrastructure and trading systems
  • Work with the cutting-edge software and hardware technologies in a highly competitive industry
  • Develop rigorous FPGA design or test benches using a combination of VHDL, System Verilog, or Python.

If you’ve excelled over the summer and shown us your potential, you could receive an offer to join us as a graduate FPGA Developer!



  • Students who are graduating in or after 2024
  • Studying an Electronic/Electrical Engineering/Microelectronics/Computer Science or similarly technical degree
  • Familiar with Xilinx or Intel FPGA device architecture, design flows, tools, and digital logic design concepts.
  • Familiar with HDL languages: VHDL and/or Verilog as well as some experience with Python and/or C++
  • Knowledgeable about Linux commands and scripts
  • Understand network protocols: Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP
  • Keen to create high-performance, low-latency designs that critically impact trading success
  • Strong interests of heterogeneous computing and FPGA acceleration architecture in machine learning area
  • Deeply passionate about technology, particularly FPGA hardware, and have a range of out-of-classroom projects or activities to prove it
  • Team players who love working with like-minded peers and are always looking to learn and improve
  • Interested in the trading/quantitative finance industry (previous knowledge is not required)



  • The chance to work alongside best-in-class professionals
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Competitive internship salary, free accommodation, office breakfast, lunch, snacks etc.
  • Sponsored gym membership, sports and leisure activities, plus weekly in-house chair massages
  • Regular social events, clubs and Friday afternoon drinks
  • Most importantly, the possibility to receive a full-time offer upon completion of internship


As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.



If you’re interested in taking your career to the next level and work on one of the most exciting trading floors in China mainland, apply now via the form below. Applications are open until 10 March 2023.

While we love how bilingual our teams are, be sure to submit the below application materials in English:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (optional)

For any other inquiries, please email



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