Tips from the Front Lines to Land That Internship – and How to Make the Most of the Experience

Bloomberg’s Intern of the Year, Andrea Valente, was once rejected by 32 internship programs.

But Andrea doesn’t consider the experience a defeat – he believes he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be.

“It’s important to remember that you just need one company that will be a good fit,” the Pearson College London student says.

“For me, that was Bloomberg,” he says.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Andrea got his first taste of thriving in the crucible of business as a teenager back home in Italy.

“My friends and I built a company called WARP,” Andrea says.

“We managed a network of promoters that organized events at bars, discos, and clubs.”

Eventually, Andrea and his business partners were managing thousands of customers every week.

Navigating New Challenges

WARP’s success prompted Andrea to take the plunge and move to London, where he spent two years focused on banking.

It wasn’t a good fit.

As he considered how to shift gears, Andrea sought guidance from his Pearson mentor, Mihai.

“Mihai answered all my questions and helped me uncover my passion for technology and world affairs,” Andrea says.

Those thought-provoking conversations lead Andrea to Bloomberg, a company whose culture resonated deeply with his interests.

A Perfect Fit

Photo courtesy of Andrea Valente.

Andrea was one of 139 students selected to participate in Bloomberg’s coveted summer internship program.

For ten weeks, he worked on everything from product deployment campaigns to pitching clients across financial sectors.

“I worked with a team of people from all over the world,” Andrea says.

“I learned so much about myself and the industry,” he says.

“The Cherry on The Cake”

Every year, Bloomberg presents the Intern of the Year award to one intern who made a significant impact during the summer program.

Andrea won.

“It was the cherry on the cake,” Andrea says. “Hard work always pays off!”

Advice for Interns

Andrea’s hard work also paid off with a job offer. He’ll be joining Bloomberg’s team full-time this July.

“The internship was such a well-rounded learning opportunity,” Andrea says. “I’m excited about the future and where it will lead.”

Now that he’s navigated the ups and downs of internships, Andrea has some thoughtful guidance for students looking to forge their own path to success:

Stay Curious

“Students are so focused on high-performance that they don’t focus on the experience. If you let curiosity guide you, you may find exciting new opportunities that suit your interests and skills.”

Dig into Passion

“Every day is an opportunity to learn more about things that interest you. Follow your passions and use them to build valuable skills.”

Put in the Work

“Do your research before you start writing cover letters. Many internship programs are fiercely competitive – the more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel about your application and ultimately, the better your work product will be.”

Manage Your Time

“Recruiters care about your approach to applying for internship positions. If you’ve done your research, you’ll know when companies begin accepting applications – and you can put in the hours to submit yours quickly.”

Network, Network, Network

“Networking is one of the best ways to learn more about your industry. It can help you gain valuable insight and structural information about companies. Plus, you’ll learn which skills you need to develop.”

Be Your Most Authentic Self

“A lot of my teammates at Bloomberg pretended to be someone they’re not. It’s not sustainable. When you’re working with colleagues for 10 to 12 hours a day, the façade always cracks. If you do your best to be yourself, you’ll enjoy work more and perform better.”