Technology at Bloomberg: internship opportunities

We spoke to Jenn Terry, Bloomberg's Head of EMEA Entry Level Recruitment, about the Global Data Summer internship and her tips for applying

Bloomberg is the leading global business and financial information and news provider that uses its media channels and technology to connect individuals, businesses and governments to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas shaping the business and finance world. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs more than 15,000 people in 192 locations around the world; its European headquarters are located in Finsbury Square in the City of London.

The beating heart of Bloomberg is the Bloomberg Professional Service (the terminal) which delivers data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly. It's a software system that allows over 315,000 users to access real-time business information and financial data to understand what's moving markets across the globe, anywhere in the world, at any time.

If you are looking to work in a place that rewards passion with quick career progression and plenty of responsibility, Bloomberg Global Data won't disappoint.

Interning at Bloomberg Global Data

Bloomberg Global Data offers a 10-week summer internship that will run from the end of June to September 2014 and is targeted at penultimate and final year students.

As an intern, you'll be responsible for maintaining and providing accurate and timely information on the Bloomberg terminal. You will be assigned to a specific department based on your personal strengths and experience. You'll then have the chance to take part in projects and make a real contribution to the team. For example, if you're assigned to Global Data Technical Operations you'll be working closely with the team there to come up with ways to make workflows more efficient across Data Management.

Because we view the internship as a route into full-time employment at Bloomberg, we place a strong emphasis on quality training during your internship. This training will teach you about the different asset classes, such as foreign exchange, fixed income and equities, as well as the relevant functions within the Bloomberg terminal.

The idea is to give you a solid understanding of the market and the functions that our clients use on the Bloomberg terminal to access information which supports their daily business. In addition, there are mentors and former interns constantly on hand to answer any questions you might have and offer you further on-the-job training and support.

Throughout the internship we also have numerous networking opportunities and a weekly talk from a member of Bloomberg's senior management team. This could be Bloomberg's chief executive or one of the influential business managers within a particular region.

Top application tips

If you want to intern in Global Data Technical Operations, we'd like you to show an interest in the work the team does, and have basic technical knowledge, an understanding of excel and some experience of coding, plus an enthusiasm for programming languages and learning new skills.

That doesn't mean that only computer science students should apply. We look beyond the formal academic qualifications you have - as long as you can show us that you have an interest in technology and finance and a passion to learn. We're also interested in things you've been doing beyond your degree course, which also show us what kind of person you are.

The best way in which you can demonstrate to us that you'd be suited to working here is in your CV and cover letter. If you want to intern in the Global Data Technical Operations team, we expect you to tailor your CV and cover letter to the role by showing how you can fulfill the key attributes described in the job description.

That might mean including in your CV membership of a relevant society, an example of a website you've built, details of which programming languages you use, or any previous work experience and academic qualifications.

You should use your cover letter to back up the skills and experience listed on your CV. For example, it's very easy to say "I'm a good problem solver", but we'd want you to provide an example that demonstrates that you have this skill. You should also use your cover letter to explain what it is in technology you're particularly interested in and where that interest has come from.

The interview process

If your application is successful, you'll be invited to take part in a telephone interview with an analyst at Bloomberg. At this stage, you should have a good understanding of what Bloomberg does and the position you're applying for.

That doesn't mean to say that you need to have an A-Level in economics or to know everything about how the Bloomberg terminal works, because we can teach you about finance. What we can't teach is a genuine interest in data and the financial markets.

So show us your passion by mentioning a finance or technology story that interests you in your interview and be able to say why it caught your attention. We'll also expect you to demonstrate some of the key skills we look for such as good communication, attention to detail, and effective project management by referring to some real life examples.

After the telephone interview, if successful, you'll attend an interview day which is an opportunity for you to learn more about Global Data and Bloomberg.

You'll get a tour of the building and the chance to network with analysts and former interns. You'll also take part in a group activity and have an interview with a manager and another senior member of staff in Global Data. We expect you to show you have the motivation and genuine interest to develop a career at Bloomberg.

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