Bloomberg Wants Bruins!

Bloomberg street view

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.

Bloomberg university list

Table assignments by university. You’ll see UCLA spent the day at a table with our “rivals” USC and Cal.

Work Environment

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.

Bloomberg horseshoe

The building is shaped like a horseshoe.  This symbol of good luck and fortune pervades Bloomberg’s culture.

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.

Check out Made in NY for more info about the tech industry in NY and visit this Jobs Map to see where there are job openings at NY tech companies.

Bloomberg 29 view

View from the 29th floor of Bloomberg’s NYC office. That’s Central Park on the left. Not sure about you, but I could get used to this…

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.

Bloomberg group photo

UCLA Career Center staff, Dr. Bill Goodin, Bloomberg recruiters, and Bloomberg’s current UCLA interns at University Day 2015.

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

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet them in person to express your interest and learn more!  View our full list of Fairs & Events as well as our tips to help you Prepare for Career Fairs.

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?


Looking for an internship in Entertainment, PR, Advertising or Publishing? Want to know what the top companies are? Look no Further…



Everyone in college is looking for that internship that can possibly turn into their dream career after college. However, you don’t want to get stuck with a company that no one has heard about, especiallly in the entertainment industry, it’s all about who you know and who you’ve worked for. The Career Center has your best interest in mind and that’s why we have taken the time to compile one of the largets career librarie’s in the nation in order to bring you Industry resources, books on different careers, industry rankings and data to make sure you have access to teh best opportunities out there!

Let’s build a scenario for what we have to offer: A student comes into the career center and asks, “I’m a communications major and I’m looking for an internship in entertainment, advertising, PR, or publishing.  What are the top 10 companies in these industries in L.A.?”

At first glance it seems that the student is overewhelmed and has no clear direction in what area or industry they want to go into. There are so many options thrown out there that it seems like it will be nearly impossible for this student to narrow down what they really want to do. It’s a good thing that the Career Center is equipped for such complex questions. Those of you who are just buzzing with interests and ideas that you just don’t know what to do, have no worries, our Career Library and Career Center staff is trained and equipped to handle your many needs and guide you in the direction of your dreams!



First of all,  the only way to narrow down what your true interests are, is to do research on the industries you feel most drawn to. In our Career Library we have books on almost every single industry with different careers within that sector. For those of you interested in the entertainment industry I recommend reading:

Kaplan’s “Careers in Communications and Entertainment” by Leonard Mogel located in section 2 of the Career Library

This book featrues over 250 detailed job descriptions in the entertainment world including descriptions of careers in Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Newspapaer Publishing, TV, Radio, Movies, Special Effects and more. This great resource also includes expert advice on internships and career planning, equipping you with the knowledge to market yourself in the best possible way to land that perfect internship. There are also informational interviews from different people in their industries describing their job title, what their days look like, the pros and cons of their jobs and why they do it. You can’t go wrong with this book.

Interested in what it’s like to work in the Publishing Industry or even learning what it’s all about? Read:

Fred Yager and Jan Yager’s “Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry” Second Edition

In this book you’ll find over 90 different job profiles in publishing including careers in writing, advertising, management and more. Read about employment prospects for each job to make sure you’re going into a growing industry, and get different tips for entering that field. Get salary information to know how much you could be making after graduation.

If your childhood dream has been to pursue a career in Advertsiing and Public Relations pick up:

Shelly Field’s “Career Opportunities in Advertising and Public Relations

This resource isn’t only limited to the publishing and entertainment fields, learn about the different industries you can work for within Public Relations. Each industry is unique and you can learn and expose yourself to how things would look like if you did Public Relations for a non-profit, consulting firms and even hospitality and tourism industries in addition to the entartainment and publishing fields. Read career profiles, get salary information, employment outlook data and advice on education and training. This will help you narrow down what your inhterests are or learn about something you didn’t even know you could pursue.

Finally last but not least, you of course want to intern with the best companies in LA but you don’t know how to narrow down your scope. Read our book of lists:

Los Angeles Business Journal: The Lists 2013

This great resource has tabs that organizes industry information and gives you statistics on the top companies in LA. It breaks down how many employees work for the company, company address and webpage, and who their clients are. The book of lists also ranks companies within their industry. Here are the Top Ten in Media, Advertising, Public Relations, News, Radio and Television

1. Advertising Agency: TBWAChiatDay Los Angeles (

2. Advertising Agency: Rubin Postaer and Associates (

3. Public Relations: Edelman (

4.Public Relations: Davies (

5. Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (

6. Newspapers: Investor’s Business daily (

7. Radio: KIIS-FM/KVVS-FM (102.7/105.5)

8. Radio: KFI- AM (640)

9. TV: KABC (7) :

10. TV: KCBS (2):

To find internships within these companies, visit their websites and look for opportunities, check out for more opportunities (summer, part time, paid and unpaid internships) on the BruinView job board , and keep an eye out for opportunities on our Opportunity Lists also found on BruinView under the resources tab. Check out to see even more listings under the students tab>click on internships and opportunity lists to maximize your internship search!!!

Come to the Career Center today, where discovery happens!