Bloomberg Internship for Webster Vienna Student
Ever ask yourself if the events on campus are worth attending? For one Webster Vienna student, dropping by an event held by the business and management department led to him landing an internship with Bloomberg. Many thanks to Alexandra Deubner from the Career Development Center for organizing the interviews, and supporting our students by checking their CVs and giving a preparation workshop. This is the first success in Vienna's ongoing efforts to promote job placement opportunities for students. Jaime Consarnau (BS in Business Administration) met with representatives from Bloomberg at a campus event and successfully passed interviews that led him to securing an internship with the company. Jaime tells us more below:
Jaime: I found out about the Bloomberg event on the notice boards (screens) and was interested in the terminals, I was looking forward to the representatives showcasing the terminals and explaining how they work. I thought it was a great idea so I told a couple of friends and they were all on board. I did not know at all that there would be interviews but later on got an email because I had signed up for the event. Initially, I thought that I probably would not get it (the job) but thought that it would be good practice and on top of it all I really like Bloomberg so I just went for it.
What did you get out of the presentation?
Jaime: It reaffirmed for me how cool Bloomberg is. I really liked the people who came and gave the presentation. They were a smart and diverse group of people that simply liked what they were doing and they all seemed happy to be giving the presentation, so it made it more interesting for me. The terminals they showcased turned out to be very powerful.
Could you walk us through the interview process? How was it? Were you nervous?
Jaime: Yes, during the first interview I was very nervous. Since I interviewed for the global data internship, I did not interview with an HR person but rather with a senior for fixed income. That made me more nervous, but the interview went well. They were not normal interview questions, a lot of it was less specific but then the second interview which took place in Bloomberg - London was much more specific.
How was it to travel to London for this interview?
Jaime: It was unexpected, but it was great. At first they assess you, and the assessments make you much more nervous than the interviews. If you pass the assessments you get a final interview which is with the people you will be working with. So any time you give a vague answer, they make sure you give a more specific question, but it is very relaxed and as long as you go in with an open mind and are not too nervous, you will be fine.
What about the internship are you looking forward to the most? What are you expecting from this internship?
Jaime: One of the reasons I interviewed for the internship was because as I researched the company, I found that I really liked the work environment they have. The culture is very fast-paced and open, which is difficult as a lot of fast-paced cultures are not often open. What I am trying to get out of it, well, there is a lot of learning in Bloomberg. I want to become a terminal expert, specifically in global data, and also strengthen programing skills. Of course this internship is a way to really learn more about the financial markets when you know exactly where the data is coming from.
Where will the internship take place, in Vienna or London? And how long will it take?
Jaime: The internship is in London and it will be 10 weeks long.
Are you looking forward to working with people and meeting new contacts/getting to network?
Jaime: Yes, definitely, the reason it is such a long summer internship is that the first week is basically learning the terminal. You really get to hang out with the interns and you get to do a lot of things with them. And, of course, because the organization of Bloomberg is flat, you get to network a lot. There are no offices, except for meetings. I still haven’t worked there yet but I have a feeling there is a lot of networking there.
How many people applied for this Internship?
Jaime: In our group there were between 16-20 people. Everyone knew more than two languages, but it is not just about qualifications, it is also about fitting in the company. So, something I learned about it is that you want to make sure the company you are interviewing for is a company you want to work with. There is no point in pretending to be something and then being uncomfortable in the company.
What is your major at Webster Vienna Private University?
Jaime: I am a business major and math minor. Because I am going to St. Louis, I might be able to double major with finance, which is a great fit with Bloomberg. The most important thing to do is learn the skills.
What advice would you give to students who are not sure what they want to major in, but are thinking of majoring in business?
Jaime: Do an internship! That is the best advice I can give because immediately, even during the interview process, you will find what you like and don’t like about working somewhere. Don’t just consider the subjects, but also consider the culture around the field you are thinking about going into. For instance, if you are thinking of management, find out more about the culture of management in general. Which country will you be working in? Those are considerations one should take into account.
Thank you Jaime and best of luck with your internship!