This summer, I had the great opportunity to become a part of a company that is the backbone of the U.S. economy, by interning at CME Group in Chicago. CME Group is one of the largest options and futures exchanges, where the world comes to manage risk. The company is a center for innovation, with leading technologies that need to be fast, secure, and reliable, managing large amounts of data traffic daily. Most of the trades today happen electronically and CME Globex electronic platform makes the markets accessible to buyers and sellers worldwide. Therefore, the technology division is a very important part of the success for the company.
Interning at CME Group was a challenging and rewarding experience. I worked in the technology division on an embedded software engineer team. My project revolved around the MSGs (Market Segment Gateways), which are the Exchange’s iLink gateways dedicated to all products on a matching engine instance. My role was to optimize the analysis and parsing of MSG data packets to be graphed in real time to help the analysis of latency of the MSG’s. Throughout the summer, I was able to learn networking, multiprocessing, better understand inheritance, and see how everything that I have learned at school and during my internship can come together to create a solution.
In addition to my project, there were many opportunities to learn about the business, the match engine, company’s upcoming projects, CME Ventures, new technologies, like block chain and quantum computation, and so much more! I attended Women in Tech coffee hours, women in business panels. I participated in many lunch & learns through which I met leaders across the company and within technology, learning more about the different divisions, projects, teams in the company. Also, I attended Markets Wiki Conference and participated in a Trading Challenge, in which the interns could trade in a simulated environment with live data to directly experience what the company clients did. Moreover, I was a part of the first CodeUp Intern Edition, during which we worked in teams for 33 hours to create something valuable to CME Group that had the potential to be pushed to production. Every day, I learned something new, both technology and career skills.
The most beneficial aspects of interning at CME Group, for me, were the numerous opportunities to learn with guided mentorship from my team, to work on an impactful project, and to develop professionally.