New Employee Recruitment & Development program

Schwab's New Employee Recruitment & Development (NERD) program is about preparing our future 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.

New Employee Recruitment & Development Program
Schwab employee

Sumaiya Asif Quote

"The best part of my NERD experience is the amount of exposure we have to leaders and the experiences at Schwab are incredible. Everyone is excited to have you on the team and is looking forward to your success."


Sumaiya Asif
Associate, Software Engineer
Austin, TX

Schwab's New Employee Recruitment & Development program

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. You have the opportunity to sit at the same table with senior leadership and hear what they do and why it's important. Imagine 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. Upon graduation from the program, NERDs will be productive, contributing members of their team on day one.

Advantages of the program

  • Hands-on Experience

    Hands-on experience

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

  • Knowledge sharing

    Knowledge sharing

    Opportunity to share and present ideas around innovation.

  • Presentation opportunities

    Presentation opportunities

    Strong presentation and communication skills.

  • Coaching


    One-on-one coaching and real-time development from host team.

  • Leadership exposure

    Leadership exposure

    Experiences with leaders across Schwab Technology Services.

  • Peer-to-peer interaction

    Peer-to-peer interaction

    Share ideas and experiences and develop alongside a cohort of peers.

You should apply if you:

  • Enjoy leading-edge technologies such as microservices, cloud computing, AI, and big data.
  • Like the challenge of identifying and solving new, unique problems.
  • Want to be part of a fast-paced career development program using real-world cutting-edge products.

The NERD program is currently offered at Schwab’s Dallas-Fort Worth/Westlake and Austin, Texas campuses.

Apply to the NERD program


Jessica Grazziotin Quote

"As a recent graduate, the NERD program sounded so appealing: an entry level position that provides room to expand your technical and professional skills. I also found the position through a “Top Places to Work” article, which factored into the confidence I had that I would enjoy my experience as a Schwabbie."


Jessica Grazziotin
Associate, Software Engineer
San Francisco, CA

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