By    |   January 19, 2021
Here’s how our campus recruiting team won a prize for its pandemic pivot

In a global pandemic, recruiting on college campuses looks a little different. OK, a lot different. Our recruiting team had to adapt. Students on campuses—or in their homes—had to adapt. Our organization had to adapt. Which is why we’re pretty proud to be recognized by RippleMatch, a leading university recruiting partner, with its inaugural Campus Forward award, for our agility and creativity.
 
“The PEAK6 Campus team is honored to be recognized for this award. We know this recruiting season was a big adjustment for students and employers alike, and we’re proud to have impacted candidates and interns in a positive fashion,” says Campus Recruiter Lauren McCormack.
 
What are we doing to find the next generation of talent that warranted this award? Here’s what RippleMatch thought was noteworthy:
 

Summer internship program

What RippleMatch said about us:
“The team knew they had to capture PEAK6’s essence, even in a virtual environment, so the internship program focused on three main tenets of people, culture, and education. The team was especially creative about their social events—which included happy hours, escape rooms and game nights—while also giving interns access and exposure to real-world experiences and development opportunities. Interns got familiar with the portfolio of companies at PEAK6, worked in teams on exciting projects, and gave final presentations to leaders.”

Campus Recruiter Devin Barnas adds: “We did our best to mimic what we would have done in person. We pride ourselves on the hour-by-hour structure of the program, and interns knew what to expect every day. We had options education, simulated trading, social events, and team rotations. We even hosted our own version of Nailed It, where interns created a design on top of a microwavable cake that everyone could make in their own kitchen.”

Virtual recruitment

What RippleMatch said about us:
“PEAK6 adapted to the virtual environment through partnering with RippleMatch, hosting multi-school information sessions, and evolving in-person activities into virtual ones. This year, trading candidates played games on a PEAK6 proprietary platform called Mad Llama, and tech candidates created a PEAK6 edition of Codenames. These activities helped serve as ice breakers and showcased the company’s culture in an organic way.”

Candidate experience

What RippleMatch said about us:
“PEAK6 prides themselves on their high-touch and tailored recruiting process. Their goal was to maintain that approach virtually, all while keeping candidate experience at the forefront. This focus on candidate experience was evident in PEAK6’s virtual superdays. All candidates received a branded and personalized schedule for the day, along with Zoom links. PEAK6 had over 15 employees hosting interviews, desk shadows, or serving on a panel to form a personalized process for students.”

Campus Recruiter Holly McHenry notes, “Put simply, we are invested in our candidates. Our goal was to preserve the impactful and varied interactions with our organization and our people, especially in light of COVID-19.”

Diversity and inclusion

What RippleMatch said about us:
“PEAK6 co-founder, former trader Jenny Just, has a passion for getting more women into the trading industry. As a result, the company created a summer internship called the PEAK6 Trading Experience for Women, an experience to give women the opportunity to see what it is like to be a trader. They’ve also mirrored this effort on their Technology side, through the PEAK6 Technology Experience for Women.”

Thanks, RippleMatch. We’re blushing.

To celebrate, we’re hiring. Check out our open roles and our internship opportunities.