1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very enjoyable, my team worked on some incredibly interesting stuff and my project was also very interesting and relevant to what the rest of my team do. Workplace culture here is very nice, there isn't a "toxic" culture that a lot of financial institutions have a reputation for. Bloomberg are really investing in their internship and grad programmes, they hold lots of networking and social events so you can get to know other interns and full-times.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued, my team really treated me as one of their peers and didn't try to babysit me, which is welcome. That said, all team members were happy to offer help and support when I needed it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Was given lots of support by my mentor and my team lead. They can get very busy at times, but for the most part they were more than willing to offer help and support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The day of an internal deadline can be a little intense, but for the most part the work is very manageable. They match interns with projects quite well in terms of difficulty, so I never felt like the project was getting too hard or too easy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As an intern you're given an individual project to work on (sometimes with an another intern), and so you're really encouraged to take responsibility for your project and the way you manage your workload. Often you'll be presenting your work to your managers and even the head of your department!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The project management skills you gain are by far the most transferable out of anything you pick up on the internship. That and also learning how to make a good presentation!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
An open office, so communication with team members and also with other employees is highly encouraged. Everyone is very friendly and wants to hear what you're working on, even if they work in a completely different area.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised, lots of networking and social events for interns are held, and you can tell lots of work is put into constructing the intern projects and their scope.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For fulltimers there are loads of internal training resources (there's an entire suite of training classes and videos called Bloomberg University), although its hard to take advantage of all of them in just one summer.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, lots of interns I hear get return offers for a fulltime job.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
HR organise some social events for interns, but a lot of the time its up to you to make friends and keep in touch with them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cheap for me since I live with my family in London, but rent in London is sky-high. However, Bloomberg do offer housing support for people coming from outside London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very good, London has in my opinion the best nightlife out of any city I can think of.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Bloomberg organise Best of Bloomberg (BOB) events, which are volunteering opportunities led by employees. It can be hard to get involved in the short time that you have here as an intern though.