Software Development Intern at Bloomberg

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
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Salary
£30,000+
Roles
Banking/Finance Business Analytics Business Intelligence Computer and Systems Engineering Information Technology

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7.9/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
8.6

Socialising

5.5

The Role

Role Description

Intern in the Middle Office team for the Bloomberg AIM (Asset and Investment Management) buy-side trading solution. Created a utility to allow clients using AIM to be able to see the relationships they have with other institutions on the SWIFT network. This utility was integrated into an existing Bloomberg function. Daily tasks involved designing and coding the architecture of the system and researching the SWIFT network and its public APIs.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Full days of Coding C++ but also having to think about the wider ramifications of my work and how it fits in to the immediate product line as well as its impact on the business in a wider sense

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Within the team relationships were kept professional, as opposed to too personal. Gto to know other interns a fair amount

7/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Very approachable if ever I had questions, didn't ever try to micromanage; just let me get on with it. They did provide catchup sessions so that everyone was up to speed at what stage my project was at, though, which was useful as well.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Project length matched perfectly the time available for the internship, solid plan ratified by manager/mentor at the start of the project kept me on track.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was responsible for my project -- R&D interns in general were given more freedom than in previous years (e.g. direct access to the Programmer Request System) which meant that we were able to be more efficient but that we also had a responsibility for our actions if making changes to the production environment.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Excellent feedback on my coding style, as well as learning about finance and web technologies gave me the sense that I learned a lot in 10 weeks. If I were to work full time for Bloomberg I get the impression it is a place where you would be learning continuously.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

People very pleasant, pantry gives people from different areas in the business a place to convene.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Goals were clearly laid out, made very clear that the internship was as much about learning about Bloomberg culture as it was about working on a software project.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A week of solid training at the start to make sure everyone was up to speed (and during which time we weren't directly generating any business value despite getting paid) -- felt this showed how seriously Bloomberg takes employee competence. Also interns were allowed to go to technical seminars and also visits to some other financial institutions in the City. In addition the opportunity to do some volunteer work was, I thought, very good.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
10/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Based on the very positive feedback I received from my mentor, manager and the manager of Trading Systems London, I feel that the prospect of my being employed is good. That being said, the calibre of the other interns was extremely high and several of the other R&D interns won prizes for their project, so it may be that while my work was good it wasn't as good as some of the other interns' work. I really hope they do decide that they want me back, though!

7/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Good atmosphere within each intern group (R&D, Sales, Global Data), however I did not feel that there was as much mingling between groups as there could have been.

7/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

City of London, i.e. expensive.

3/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It's London so there's always something to do. That being said, after having been in the office for 10/11 hours most of the time I just wanted to chill out.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There are lots of opportunities for volunteering and extra training/professional development, however I didn't get the impression that there was an abundance of clubs/societies consisting of mainly Bloomberg employees.

4/10

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