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Bloomberg internship: Your chance in finance reporting

Would you like to kick-start a career in finance journalism? This might be your chance. ...

Are you interested in storytelling and current affairs? Would you like to kick-start a career in finance journalism? Bloomberg is offering a 10-week paid internship starting in January 2023.

Bloomberg News is a global media outlet with branches in more than 150 countries, including an office in the heart of Sydney. This ranges between TV, radio, digital and print publications, with content circulating in over a thousand newspapers and magazines around the world.

In an interview with W’SUP, Bloomberg managing director, Ed Johnson explained interns would learn to draw links between seemingly everyday activities and events, and their impact on the economy.

The internship will provide training and practical experience in finance and business reporting across Australia and the globe. Interns will be trained in various areas of finance journalism, ranging from reporting on stock markets, politics, economy, social and environmental issues.

“You might be in the stocks team, working with stock reporters and editors who are covering the whole of Asia and reporting it to a team leader who might be based in Singapore or Hong Kong, but you’re also part of the Sydney newsroom and helping tell the broader Australian story,” he adds.

Interns will also benefit from mentorship by leading experts in finance and journalism for the duration of the internship, along with networking opportunities with industry professionals.

You don’t have to be a journalism or communication student to apply. The opportunity is open to students from various disciplines. Whether you’re studying law, business, communication, maths or history, all you need is a keen interest in journalism and finance.

“If you are a journalism student, don’t let the lack of business and finance knowledge put you off, and if you’re not a journalism student, we’re going to be as equally interested in you if you’re from a different academic discipline, we just want to see that passion for current affairs,” Ed said.

The managing director, however, did clarify some criteria for intending internees.

“We’re looking for a student who has an open, inquisitive, enquiring mind with a bit of an international mind-set who wants to look beyond the local story and try to tell that local story for an international audience. You just need to have an inquiring mind and a proven passion for current affairs,” he said.

The selection process includes video and face-to-face interviews, and a written test in the final stage. Even if you don’t make it, there are perks to going through the application process. This might include creating essential networks in the media industry, and potential job opportunities in the future.

“If you go through that process and you impress us, even if you don’t make the final cut, then we stay in touch with you, link up with you on LinkedIn and track your career progress. That pool of people that we get to know through the application process is the likely group we target when they hit a two-three years mark experience in the industry,” said Ed.

While this internship may be challenging for some students, due to a lack of prior exposure to finance and journalism, the support and guidance of the team at Bloomberg promises growth and development and an enjoyable experience.

“You’re working from day one basically. We realise that it’s quite a steep learning curve as you’re coming up to speed with new and unfamiliar topics, but we try to make that learning curve as manageable as possible. So, there’s plenty of mentoring, ongoing support and guidance,”

 

At the conclusion of the internship, interns may transition into a full-time role or a cadetship program.

 

 

Applications are open, apply through the link below:

https://careers.bloomberg.com/job/detail/106648

 

For more information about the internship, register for the virtual information event that will be held on 15 September.

https://bloomberg.recsolu.com/app/collect/event/rPxi9To_FDvkQgrUep6M8g

 

 

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Australia’s commitment to supporting Afghan refugees

Afghan refugees are thankful to be adjusting to life in Australia and urge the government to reunite their families. ...

On August 15, the day that the Taliban seized Afghanistan’s capital, chaos descended on the streets of Kabul as thousands were desperate to escape. Today, some of these Afghan refugees are thankful to be adjusting to life in Australia under a government program dedicated to protecting and resettling those in need.

Former reporter Shazia (not her real name) is among the three thousand Afghans being granted asylum under the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Program. She is currently living in Western Sydney with her eight-year-old son and hopes that the government will take action to rescue her husband and three other children that were left behind at Kabul’s overcrowded airport.

“I feel happy to be in Australia, and I am thankful to the Australian government for everything but being away from my children is extremely difficult. No mother can stay away from her kids for long,” she said. “I request that the Australian government please bring my family to me; otherwise, I cannot survive without them.”

A report by The Age in October says families spent days on the cold, dusty ground outside Kabul airport before they were able to board a rescue flight out of Afghanistan. Others, who were unable to be identified due to security reasons, told The Age how they were threatened and beaten at gunpoint by the Taliban as they were entering the airport. For many, they now face the heartache of being separated from their immediate family members who were left in danger.

 

Abu Bakr Zahid arrived in Australia on a rescue flight out of Afghanistan on September 1. Photo: Supplied.

 

On September 1, Abu Bakr Zahid arrived in Darwin where he spent two weeks in hotel quarantine before being moved to Sydney. Formerly employed in the finance sector, he is thankful that the Australian government helped all his colleagues escape. Mr Zahid says he is “very happy to live in a beautiful and multi-cultural country,” but urges the government to rescue his family.

 

“It is very difficult to live in Afghanistan under these circumstances, and the Taliban are after those who worked with foreign troops,” he said. “It is very unfortunate that we had to leave our homes and families behind with empty hands and couldn’t even bring our clothes.

President of Afghan Community Support Association of NSW Australia (ACSA), Mohammad Nader Azami says they have been working with the federal government to assist the new migrants. They have been providing emotional support as well as a massive amount of clothing, sanitary items, and fresh food through the Settlement Services International (SSI). “Upon hearing of the news of their arrival, ACSA representatives met with them and offered their support on behalf of the community,” he said. “After our meeting they got the confidence that some people speak their language and know their culture.”

The Afghans are temporarily living in Bella Vista and Penrith hotels, but Mr Azami has confirmed that they will receive a house package, and ongoing assistance to assimilate into Australian life, seek employment and enrol in courses. “Afghans living in Sydney are very generous and kind and are more than willing to help their fellow Afghans, here and in Afghanistan,” he said. “We want them to know that we are here to assist them in any way we are capable of.”

“It is our moral responsibility and obligation to provide assistance to these people who have left their country under very unusual circumstances,”

– Mohammad Nader Azami

So far, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has agreed to accept three thousand refugees from Afghanistan, but according to Immigration News Australia, religious leaders across the country are calling on the Australian government to take in 20 thousand.  Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel, believes that the immigration cap should be increased because responding to the transparent needs of people is a feature of human compassion. “We went to Afghanistan to secure the freedom of Afghan people, and now we need to bring as many as we can, as generously as we can, so that they can share our freedom,” he said.

Afghan public figure and women’s rights activist, Arezo Younes, settled in Australia after escaping during the Taliban’s reign with her family, almost two decades ago. Since then, she has become a prominent voice for Afghan women around the world. As the nightmare returns to her homeland, she fears that it will once again be as it was when she was a little girl in Kabul – when they closed every door of hope for women throughout Afghanistan. “I believe that being born as a woman in Afghanistan is like paying for the bad karma you are unaware of,” said Ms Younes. “Living under the Taliban regime was like living in a jungle. You fear that your life could be taken by a hungry animal at any time.”

 

Afghan activist & public figure Arezo Younes escaped Taliban rule almost 20 years ago. Photo, supplied.

Ms Younes is especially concerned about those who worked with the US and its allies in Afghanistan, who urgently need rescuing. Compared to Britain, Canada, and the United States, she believes that the Australian government is not doing enough to help Afghans seeking asylum. “The amount of the messages I have receive from Afghan journalists, lawyers, and those who worked with foreign forces is overwhelming. They beg for their lives to be saved and ask me to help them and raise their voice to the Australian government,” she said. “I know individuals that worked with foreign troops, and their families are in great danger, but no urgent action has been taken to rescue them.”

As the Afghan refugees begin their new lives in Australia, they are urging the Morrison government to help reunite them with their families. Last month, in a statement by the Department of Home Affairs, the government acknowledged the “tremendous distress” that the crisis in Afghanistan has caused the Afghan-Australian community, but at this stage, there has been no official announcement regarding plans to expand the immigration cap. “It breaks my heart to see innocent people suffering,” said Ms Younes. “They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children hoping for a better future.”

 

The article was first published on The Junction.