I reported and wrote a wide range of news stories around economics, business and finance. Internship also involved working with others, for example when writing a joint byline or preparing for a press conference or event as a team (i.e. one person writes headlines, the other gets quotes etc.)
I've refined my news judgment and improved my writing and reporting skills. I would say I'm a better interviewer now than I was at the start of the summer.
Yes. My editors assigned me stories straight away, and asked me that I come up and pitch them ideas so that I can produce my own work. Despite being an intern, I was treated as a reporter and expected to work as one (a lot of independent work, speed, accuracy). It was very satisfying to be given this much responsibility.
Everyone I met during the internship was genuinely supportive. I was encouraged to ask questions and to email members of other teams to ask questions. For instance if I'm reporting a story on x topic, speak to the reporter who specialises in that beat, or the analyst who covers it etc. My editors and other reporters were always around offering help in case I needed it.
Really good atmosphere. Most interns were keen to get to know each other, we often met during drop-in hours or organised meetings between ourselves. The internship team also organised lots of speaker events and other activities for us to meet.
Absolutely loved it!
I would recommend that they read up on finance and business news as widely as possible. Be up to date with the global news of the day/week and try to build a solid knowledge of the economy and markets. The most important bit I believe is to show passion for journalism and enthusiasm for every task. There's a lot to learn and Bloomberg gives you plenty of opportunities to dabble with many different topics/formats etc (this is very rare I think!).
Internship (1-4 Months)
Central London and City