Last week the UCLA Career Center was invited to visit Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York City, NY for their annual University Day. UCLA is one of only 24 schools nationwide that Bloomberg invited to this exclusive event to attract more top technical talent.
What do you think of when you hear “Bloomberg“? For most people, Michael Bloomberg (founder and former NYC mayor), financial information, and media are the first things that may spring to mind. However, in terms of college recruiting, Bloomberg wants you to think of them as a tech company like Google, Facebook, or Apple. Their primary hiring need is for Software Developers.
It just wouldn’t be a tech company without a lot of free food for employees. They serve breakfast every morning, soup at 11am (for which the employees rush to the 6th floor en masse – it’s quite a sight to see), candy every afternoon, dinner at 8pm for those who are working late, and ice cream on Fridays. And it’s not just a lot of food, it’s GOOD food.
There are no solid interior walls except for the user experience lab, where a team of researchers, designers, and engineers observe clients utilizing their products in order to gain insights and make improvements. Not even the CEO and executives have office walls, nor does the “green room” where guests wait for their “on air” time in the TV and radio studios on the 5th floor.
We weren’t allowed to take photos of much of the interior of the building, but Business Insider did in 2012 when they spotlighted Bloomberg LP as one of the 15 coolest offices in tech.
Why NYC (aka Silicon Alley)?
New York is a rapidly expanding tech hub with over 3,000 tech companies located there. Well established companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy and Yelp have NY locations, as do thousands of emerging startups.
Opportunities for College Students and Graduates
Software Engineer Interns at Bloomberg get to work on real projects that will actually be used. Their training is dynamic and hands-on and they have an opportunity to work alongside a cohort of fellow interns, as well as an assigned mentor.
In addition to the quality of the professional experience they gain, interns also get to enjoy a number of fun social perks including picnics, tech talks, game nights, contests, community service, and free museum admission throughout NYC for the summer.
Full-time entry-level hires with a CS background go through a 12-week training bootcamp in which they work with various teams in order to determine their best fit. Full-time entry-level hires with some relevant technical training/knowledge, but without a CS degree, go through a more intensive 16-week training class and come out the other end as software engineers!
When can you meet Bloomberg at UCLA? UPDATED 10/12/15
Mon 10/12: CS Internship Career Fair. 1pm-4pm.
Mon 10/12: UPE Honors Mixer. 5pm-6pm.
Tue 10/13: Computer Science Showcase. 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Wed 10/14: 2015 Engineering & Technical Fair Day 1. 11am-3pm.
Wed 10/28: Tech Talk. 6:30pm.
Wed 10/28: On-campus Interviews
Thu 10/29: On-campus Interviews Day 2
What do Bloomberg’s current UCLA interns have to say?
We were fortunate enough to meet five current summer interns over cupcakes to learn more about their experience at Bloomberg so far (they were in Week 3 of the internship). They were clearly having a great time and had built up camaraderie with each other – laughing, smiling, and sharing stories. Watch the following videos to hear two of the interns share some tips and insight with their fellow Bruins about the Bloomberg experience.
Why should UCLA students consider interning at Bloomberg?
How to prepare for an internship at Bloomberg?