I’ve had quite a twelve months.
After completing an intensive nine-month master’s in business and economics journalism at Columbia in late May, I embarked on an equally memorable, though shorter, experience: a ten week internship at Bloomberg News‘s headquarters here in New York.
I finished at Bloomberg last Friday. It was a fantastic experience.
This recent BBC video provides a look the Bloomberg HQ as a workplace.
And embedded below — and online here — is an overview of Bloomberg’s operations.
I worked on the Emerging Markets team, assisting with coverage of everything from debt markets in Argentina to global currencies to equities in Mexico.
Here are links and snippets from just a few of the stories I worked on:
China Out of 10 Biggest Stocks as PetroChina Ousted:
Chinese companies have dropped out of the ranks of the world’s 10 biggest stocks by market value for the first time since 2006 amid a cash crunch, slower growth and the biggest U.S. stock rally in a decade.
Give Us Your Real Dollars for Our Fake Dollars: Argentina Credit:
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s wish of being able to print dollars is coming true as the central bank begins issuing dollar-denominated certificates today that trade in pesos.
Slim’s Frisco Surges as Gold Mine Strike Ends: Mexico City Mover:
Minera Frisco SAB, billionaire Carlos Slim’s gold and silver mining company, gained the most in two years after saying the government intervened to help end a strike at its biggest mine.
‘Fragile Five’ currencies unravel as developing economies suffer:
Emerging-market currencies are trailing their peers in advanced economies by the most since 2009 as a global recovery eludes countries from China to Brazil.
While helping out on stories like these was excellent training, perhaps my most instructive experiences came during the interactions I had in the newsroom with some truly top-notch reporters.
The timing of the internship worked well, too: This year at Columbia, I studied corporate finance; financial accounting; the history and future of journalism; computational journalism; and more.
And this summer at Bloomberg, I was able to put what I’d just learned to practical use in a fast-paced, competitive, collaborate environment where news moves the market in real time. In short, it was the perfect way to spend the summer.
So, looking ahead: What’s next for me over the coming twelve months?