Koen is a Trading Intern in our Amsterdam office. He’s about to return to university to complete the final year of his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering, but after that he’ll be returning to IMC as a Junior Trader. We asked him to share his internship experience – starting at the very beginning.
I first heard of IMC at De Delftse Bedrijvendagen, a careers fair at my university. It was early in my Bachelor’s degree so I was still planning on pursuing a career related to my major in aerospace engineering. However, I had always been interested in the quantitative side of the financial markets, and a subsequent internship at the European Space Agency convinced me to focus on my minor in finance. I liked the idea of a role that combined applied mathematics with direct feedback, which is why I ended up applying to IMC.
Before applying I had an opportunity to attend an in-house Trading Experience day where I got to know the business in an informal environment. The day began with presentations where we heard about life at IMC from trading and technology leads. Most other companies don’t go to this effort so having the chance to ask senior people about both work and company culture was pretty exciting.
Things move quickly at IMC, and the application process is no exception. Within two weeks of taking numerical and logical tests I was sitting at my final interview. Before this point I had taken part in a video interview and had a face-to-face meeting with a recruiter, and a more experienced trader.
The final interviews, which encompassed three 45-minute meetings with two Traders at each initially seemed very long, but they flew by incredibly quickly. With so many different people to talk to it was difficult to finish each session in the time allocated, and not because I was being interrogated. The interviews ended up becoming interesting discussions rather than traditional question-and-answers, and the difficulty came in stopping the conversation! In fact, the interest the Traders showed in me was a good indicator of the great experience my internship would become.
Next week: read more about Koen’s experience as an IMC intern.