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NERD is about preparing our future technology leaders for success by providing the best tools, knowledge, and access to leaders that will empower them to be the creators and innovators of tomorrow. It is a cohort-based community that allows individuals from all backgrounds and experiences to have a shared connection through learning, bonding, and growth opportunities. NERD hires 3 cohorts per year: January, June, and September. See below for open positions.


The nine-month program hires new college graduates and gives them personalized onboarding, extensive training and development on technologies, and the soft skills required to be successful. NERDs have a host manager, a mentor, a buddy, a coach, and others who are dedicated to their success. NERDs get hands-on experiences to make them innovative and successful techies at Schwab.

Imagine four weeks after graduating from college, you are walking into your first day at an 32,000-employee company. Your desk, hardware, and peripherals are all set up and personalized for you. During your first nine months, you spend 15% of your time on training and development to equip you with the skills and technologies required. You spend the rest of your time working on real products and features. You are part of a cohort of other recent graduates, and there is a support team focused on your success. Envision being exposed to all of the company's products and services so you have a deeper understanding of your role and why it's so important.

This program is different from other onboarding programs in the industry because it focuses on the employee experience and equipping participants with the technology skills needed to succeed. The goal of the program is to ensure that the transition from college to work is as smooth as possible.

Charles Schwab NERD Program Victor
"The NERD program is an amazing opportunity to meet new people and to learn new skills in a more structured environment. They also provide a lot of opportunities for growth and that’s one of the main reasons I chose Schwab and the NERD program because of this 9-month training and opportunities to learn. It’s a nice ramp up to full-time work because it eases the transition, so it’s definitely something that could help launch your full-time career."

- Victor M. Software Engineer I, Jun 2020 Cohort

Advantages of the program.

  • Peer-to-peer interaction.

    A cohort of peers to share ideas, experiences, and develop alongside.

  • Coaching.

    1:1 coaching and real time development from host team, mentor and NERD manager.

  • Hands on experience.

    Cross functional experience and skills gained from on-the-job assignments.

  • Presentation opportunities.

    Strong presentation and communication skills.

  • Leadership exposure.

    Exposure to leaders across Schwab Technology Services (STS).

  • Knowledge sharing.

    Opportunity to share and present ideas around innovation.

Charles Schwab NERD Program Cohort

How to apply.

We have three NERD cohort opportunities with start dates in January, June, and September of each year. 

View current NERD Program openings >

*If no opportunities are posted, please join our Talent Network to tell us about your professional interests, receive updates about Campus Programs, and connect with members of our Talent Acquisition team.