Bloomberg has announced the launch of a 10-week paid internship for final year university students, based in Sydney. Telum spoke to Managing Editor (Australia and New Zealand), Rebecca Jones, and Managing Editor (Internships and Entry Level Talent for News), Ed Johnson, about the initiative and what they're looking for in this year's candidates.
Tell us about the Bloomberg News Internship programme.
The programme is central to our strategy of building a diverse pipeline of talent for our newsrooms across the world, so we put a lot of time and effort into finding great candidates and ensuring they have a rewarding experience. We're typically looking for final-year students, and it helps if you have studied journalism. But that's by no means a prerequisite.
We've hired super interns in the past from an array of academic disciplines such as politics, philosophy, economics and computer science. So if you have a keen interest in current affairs, can demonstrate a flair for writing and are curious about the world of business and finance, we'd love to hear from you.
Walk us through a day in the life of a selected candidate.
Our interns join a diverse, collaborative, international newsroom and work with colleagues across print, digital, and broadcast. They get exposure to the biggest stories of the day, working side by side with reporters and editors across our coverage of companies, markets, government and the economy. This is definitely not a "go get the coffee" internship.
From day one, we'll treat you like one of the team and give you the opportunity to build up an impressive array of bylines and experience that will be a solid bedrock for a future career in journalism. Aside from the day-to-day flow of the news, our interns get in-depth training covering the rudiments of business and financial journalism, writing style and journalistic ethics. We'll have weekly workshops to broaden and deepen skill sets on data journalism, graphics, interview techniques, how to pitch a story, build sources, and break news.
Do candidates need detailed knowledge of business and finance?
Not at all. Many of our journalists don't come from a business and finance background and have built up their knowledge and expertise on the job. We're looking for intellectually curious candidates and those prepared to dig in and learn. Developing an understanding of business and finance is so important to anyone trying to break into this industry. It gives you a better understanding of how things fit together and opens up a whole array of publications you can write for.
Tell us about your strategy to ensure diversity in your newsrooms?
We're absolutely committed to the highest standards of journalism, with a mission to write objectively, transparently and free of bias. A key component of that is ensuring we can write from diverse perspectives. It's essential that our newsrooms reflect society at large, so we actively recruit and nurture talent that adds diversity to our team - whether that be gender, ethnicity, religious or socioeconomic background, or a diversity of skill sets and academic disciplines. The internship programme is a key part of that push as it provides a pipeline of talented people we can hire as full-time employees.
How can people apply for this internship?
We'd love for people to come along to a virtual launch event on Thursday 15th
September. We'll give you an overview of Bloomberg News, talk a little about how we cover business and finance, and hold a Q&A with former interns who now work for us.
Those interested in attending Bloomberg's virtual event can register their attendance here. To apply for the internship, send a resume and cover letter here and Bloomberg will be in touch.