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I enjoyed the internship a lot, mainly because of the diverse employee base. Both my fellow interns and also the permanent employees were very international and from varied academic backgrounds. Additionally, I feel that Bloomberg does a lot to ensure its employees are treated well, with many perks such as a movie night for interns, and a big summer party. The work environment is very pleasant and supportive, rather than competitive.
Everyone is very supportive, with shadowing sessions organised with other departments. Everyone is very friendly and willing to talk to you about their experience if you ask them. If you have any questions or problems, you can talk to the members of your team, who will provide you with extensive and accurate answers.
We were given support every day. The supervisors ensured that we never had to sit by ourselves when dealing with clients, so that they were always available to help if needed. If we had any questions, we could ask them straight away and everyone on the team was very helpful.
It varied a lot from day to day. Sometimes, we would be on the phone non-stop and sometimes there wouldn't be that much to do. It also depended on our ability to manage our time and to schedule client calls. All in all, I would not say that we were too busy at any time during the internship. I never had to stay longer than the specified working hours.
We were given the same responsibility as the permanent employees in our department, albeit with projects of shorter duration. This was a very good aspect of the internship, since we felt useful and like we were contributing to the overall workflow of the department.
Customer service skills would be the ones that I feel like would be the most useful in my future career. Communicating with clients on a professional level is a valuable skill to have acquired.
The atmosphere was nice, not too hectic. You could talk to people if you wanted to without feeling like you were intruding. Sometimes, it would get a bit too noisy as everyone was on the phone, but it was ok.
The general organisation of the internship was good, but sometimes I felt like communication between the different departments was lacking a little bit. Especially the communication to us about future opportunities was not coordinated very well.
We had a few skills workshops focusing on time management, project management, and CV writing. Those were useful when considering future job applications. In addition, Bloomberg offered a session on diversity and inclusion, which was very useful because it offered insights on unconscious bias.
They are very appealing.
Yes, we had many events together with the department, with fellow interns and also company-wide.
Very expensive, as per usual in London.
London can be good for nightlife, but it is too expensive.
Yes, especially the philanthropy activities within Bloomberg were numerous and well-organised.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Customer Service, Information Technology
2nd September 2016