Hugh's Cape Town Internship Review

    Mechanical Engineering  Internship In Cape Town, 2019


If you feel stuck at home, consider Bridging Gaps. Improving and developing skills in your study area, whilst being in a foreign country is sometimes what you need to define what you want to pursue for a career.

If you feel stuck at home, consider Bridging Gaps. Improving and developing skills in your study area, whilst being in a foreign country is sometimes what you need to define what you want to pursue for a career.

If you feel stuck at home, consider Bridging Gaps. Improving and developing skills in your study area, whilst being in a foreign country is sometimes what you need to define what you want to pursue for a career.

— Hugh
Mechanical Engineering internship in Cape Town review/testimonial by Hugh Watson

Hugh Watson

Cape Town Mechanical Engineering Internship

Hugh Watson is a student from Australia. He is completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Hugh came to Cape Town in May 2019 for a 12 week internship. His internship consisted of 1 area of focus: Sustainable Development

Hugh's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:AUS
Institute:University of Adelaide
Course:History & Politics
Internship Area(s):Mechanical Engineering  
InternshipFocus Options:Sustainable Development
Internship Year:2019
Internship Duration:12 weeks

Hugh Watson

Mechanical Engineering Internship

Hugh Watson is a student from Australia. He is completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Hugh came to Cape Town in May 2019 for a 12 week internship. His internship consisted of 1 area of focus: Sustainable Development

Hugh's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:AUS
Institute:University of Adelaide
Course:History & Politics
Internship Area(s):Mechanical Engineering  
InternshipFocus Options:Sustainable Development
Internship Year:2019
Internship Duration:12 weeks

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Mechanical Engineering Cape Town Internship Review by Hugh Watson, University of Adelaide (AUS)

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internship placement experience

Mechanical Engineering Internship Placement Experience

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

One that included design and modelling. As well as fieldwork.

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

On par, minus the fieldwork. Despite this, I have learnt more than expected. I have more skills at my disposal, and hopefully opportunities when I return home.

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

Yes, definitely. Revisiting CAD modelling and programming was a challenge at first. The time it took to relearn may have taken time, but it paid off in the end, with several items of work produced. I am now confident with using both platforms.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Yes. I have enjoyed the challenge of working in a foreign country. When you’re not in your comfort zone (home country), it’s up to you to make things happen. This international experience has shown me that the world is big, and you’re just one link in the chain. I do intend to make it in the energy industry. This exposure to a small scale solar business has made me aware of the sheer amount of time to get a project up and running.

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Yes. Offloading some work to me freed up their time to develop the core of this business. That’s not to say my work wasn’t important. We have compiled a status report to deliver to funders, which my work was included in.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

What were your reasons for wanting to come to Cape Town to do an internship?

The opportunity to experience a new country, whilst gaining engineering, and international experience.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Did you receive sufficient levels of supervision and guidance from your colleagues at your host organisation?

Yes.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes. They gave me a briefing on what the project entailed. They let me be creative with my work, and were confident in my calculations. It was my responsibility to help get this project up and running. I appreciate that I have been a part of the initial stages of the project.

Yes. I have enjoyed the challenge of working in a foreign country. When you’re not in your comfort zone (home country), it’s up to you to make things happen. This international experience has shown me that the world is big, and you’re just one link in the chain. I do intend to make it in the energy industry. This exposure to a small scale solar business has made me aware of the sheer amount of time to get a project up and running.

- Hugh

Yes. I have enjoyed the challenge of working in a foreign country. When you’re not in your comfort zone (home country), it’s up to you to make things happen. This international experience has shown me that the world is big, and you’re just one link in the chain. I do intend to make it in the energy industry. This exposure to a small scale solar business has made me aware of the sheer amount of time to get a project up and running.

- Hugh

Yes. I have enjoyed the challenge of working in a foreign country. When you’re not in your comfort zone (home country), it’s up to you to make things happen. This international experience has shown me that the world is big, and you’re just one link in the chain. I do intend to make it in the energy industry. This exposure to a small scale solar business has made me aware of the sheer amount of time to get a project up and running.

- Hugh

Yes. I have enjoyed the challenge of working in a foreign country. When you’re not in your comfort zone (home country), it’s up to you to make things happen. This international experience has shown me that the world is big, and you’re just one link in the chain. I do intend to make it in the energy industry. This exposure to a small scale solar business has made me aware of the sheer amount of time to get a project up and running.

- Hugh
 

Cape Town experience

Hugh's Experience of Cape Town

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

My word, safety! It’s not like a fear of heights, where it is only when you are at the edge of a cliff, that the fear instils in you. No matter how much my two friends (who are from Safa) told me that I’d be fine, I had an internal fear of being in a new place by myself. Travel suppresses those fears and makes you a more rounded person.

What do you think about those fears now?

What do you think about those fears now?

Complete garbage. In saying that, there’s a level of maturity and common sense when going about day to day life. Once you learn the lay of the land, the characters of the locals, you learn to fit in and things seem normal. Odds on me returning to Australia and not quite understanding why people don’t just j-walk. It’s quicker!

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

I’ll replace Cape Town with Stellenbosch. But you can ad-lib. Definitely get around the café scene. Even if you don’t drink coffee, it’s the watering hole. A place to sit and chat, read, or simply catch up on some work. I did go into Cape Town a few times. Once for the Red Bull event, another time for Kirstenbosch, and the other to hike Table Mountain. All amazing. Also, get out there and explore. The Western Cape has plenty of hiking to do. Get to a lookout and get a sense of where you are. The higher you go, the more insignificant you feel. Earth keeps turning. Also, I had to keep reminding myself that I, indeed, was in Africa. Seeing the Atlantic is amazing.

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

Would you recommend Cape Town as a worthwhile and enjoyable place to visit?

Yes. Make the most of the sunny weather.

Get out there and explore. The Western Cape has plenty of hiking to do. Get to a lookout and get a sense of where you are. The higher you go, the more insignificant you feel. Earth keeps turning. Also I had to keep reminding myself that I, indeed, was in Africa. Seeing the Atlantic is amazing.

- Hugh

Get out there and explore. The Western Cape has plenty of hiking to do. Get to a lookout and get a sense of where you are. The higher you go, the more insignificant you feel. Earth keeps turning. Also I had to keep reminding myself that I, indeed, was in Africa. Seeing the Atlantic is amazing.

- Hugh

Get out there and explore. The Western Cape has plenty of hiking to do. Get to a lookout and get a sense of where you are. The higher you go, the more insignificant you feel. Earth keeps turning. Also I had to keep reminding myself that I, indeed, was in Africa. Seeing the Atlantic is amazing.

- Hugh

Bridging Gap's service

Hugh's Review of Our Internship Programme & Services

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Yes. If you feel stuck at home, consider BG. Improving and developing skills in your study area, whilst being in a foreign country is sometimes what you need to define what you want to pursue for a career.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Having a get-together night, regardless of bootstrap or concierge. Have one night a month, or every other month, where all interns get together and just share their experience so far. This could be a way to quantify what you guys do. Having a group photo of current ‘in-country’ interns would be great for marketing. It shows how many people you take care of, and how BG is a social internship programme.

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Before you applied, how did you feel about the programme fees?

Hefty. Wow, for one person me, you’re charging that! Then I compared it to other programmes I’ve done. The fee to week ratio is great if you stay for 3 months. Plus, I can add Stellenbosch to my ‘home’ list. I would love to come back in a few years and check-up.

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Having completed your placement and had the experiences you've have, what do you think about the fees now?

Outsourcing is sometimes the best money you can spend. I could have emailed around till the cows came home. Having you guys with in-country contacts made the process of sourcing an internship that much quicker. Again, I will reiterate, it only took 2 months!

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

What would you say to someone that is considering an internship here but is concerned about the fees?

Would you rather go abroad, see a new side of the world. Experience!
Or yeh, you can stay home, be comfy in your current situation, working the late-night shift and not know where this is all heading. Spend money on experiences, not things.

Would you recommend Cape Town as a worthwhile and enjoyable place to visit?

Any other comments?

Well since you asked, I’ll leave with one story. When I was studying abroad in the UK, a mate of mine would always play this mind trick on us. Any time we were unsure about doing something, say going out for the night, he would always say,

“Oh no, don’t worry Hugh. Next time you’re in Brighton we’ll go out and have a fantastic time at (insert club name). No, no, I don’t want to hear it. If you want to stay home, be my guest. But next time you’re in Brighton… we’ll go out. Next time yeh”

The point is, I’d reiterate this to myself most weekends. Time is short, and you need to make the most of your leisure time. Before you know it, it’s Monday morning again.

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