Peter's Cape Town Internship Review

    Journalism  Internship In Cape Town, 2018


I’d tell them that you will have a great time. You can have a great time in Cape Town on your own, but through Bridging Gaps, you’re going to meet so many more people, you’re going to have people a phone call away if you need help, you’ll also have people who have a knowledge of what its like to live in Cape Town, and what its like to intern here. So, if this is what you need to do for your career I’d recommend it!

I’d tell them that you will have a great time. You can have a great time in Cape Town on your own, but through Bridging Gaps, you’re going to meet so many more people, you’re going to have people a phone call away if you need help, you’ll also have people who have a knowledge of what its like to live in Cape Town, and what its like to intern here. So, if this is what you need to do for your career I’d recommend it!

I’d tell them that you will have a great time. You can have a great time in Cape Town on your own, but through Bridging Gaps, you’re going to meet so many more people, you’re going to have people a phone call away if you need help, you’ll also have people who have a knowledge of what its like to live in Cape Town, and what its like to intern here. So, if this is what you need to do for your career I’d recommend it!

— Peter
Journalism internship in Cape Town review/testimonial by Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas

Cape Town Journalism Internship

Peter is a student from the UK. He is completing his degree in English at the University of Manchester. Peter came to Cape Town in June 2018 for a ten week internship. His internship consisted of three areas of focus: Reporting, Writing and Research

Peter's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:UK
Institute:University of Manchester
Course:English
Internship Area(s):Journalism  NGO
InternshipFocus Options:Reporting, Writing, Research
Internship Year:2018
Internship Duration:10 weeks

Peter Thomas

Journalism Internship

Peter is a student from the UK. He is completing his degree in English at the University of Manchester. Peter came to Cape Town in June 2018 for a ten week internship. His internship consisted of three areas of focus: Reporting, Writing and Research

Peter's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:UK
Institute:University of Manchester
Course:English
Internship Area(s):Journalism  NGO
InternshipFocus Options:Reporting, Writing, Research
Internship Year:2018
Internship Duration:10 weeks

"The Amazing Bridging Gaps & A Fantastic Cape Town Experience"

Peter's Review from Go Abroad | September 20, 2018

After graduating, I was looking for an opportunity where I could apply all my years of education to a real-life job context. After a quick browse of my university’s career website, Bridging Gaps seemed to be an internship provider popping up frequently. Quick scroll through their stylish website, application form quickly filled out, regular communication with the lovely Lucie – before I knew it, I was all booked and set for a summer (well, winter) in Cape Town!

What distinguishes Bridging Gaps from so many other providers is their phenomenal communication and organisation skills. For a relatively small business, Julian and Lucie have nailed the initial application process, right through to the internship selection and assistance with accommodation booking. You are made to feel cared for and important – as a company who provides many young people with internship opportunities in and around Cape Town, they are knowledgeable, relatable and always around to help. Not only that, they are acutely aware of how significant the decision is to embark on an internship abroad, so you are treated patiently and with understanding right up to the moment you get on the plane.

On the ground in Cape Town, there is a sense that the team are genuinely pleased to finally meet you in person. After initially being picked up by the fantastic Luigi at Cape Town International to meeting Julian and Lucie a day or two later, it becomes clear why Bridging Gaps place so much emphasis on getting to know their interns so well before they arrive. Everything is personal and friendly, the team gives you the lowdown on local quirks and provides you with all the information you’ll need to live like a proper Capetonian.

Throughout the internship, Bridging Gaps are with you at every turn. After feeling slightly unsettled at the start of my internship, a quick coffee and chat with Lucie resolved the majority of my problems. Bridging Gaps are incredibly adept at understanding their interns, which undoubtedly stems from the wealth of knowledge they have gathered about each individual before they get to Cape Town. In my case, Lucie understood I needed to talk, and, while she did not hesitate to ask if I needed her input at my internship, was more than happy to discuss solutions to problems with me. Thorough, but not invasive, which is absolutely fantastic.

The internship itself was my personal highlight of Cape Town. I worked for ten weeks at the Cape Argus, and when I say work, I mean work! Considering my original job description suggested I would be “shadowing the news reporters”, I could be forgiven for thinking there may be more than the occasional coffee round and trip to the photocopier: oh no. Edwin, Cape Argus’ dedicated News Editor, threw me straight in at the deep end, sending me off to stories all over Cape Town. While this was mildly overwhelming at the start, I learned to swim very quickly and became a fully integrated member of the news team. I had my own stories on a daily basis, set up and conducted my own interviews, wrote my own articles; everything which would be expected of an employed news reporter, I completed as well.

This leads nicely onto my final thought: Bridging Gaps are fantastic, as a company they cannot be flawed, but as the person who is completing the internship, you are largely responsible for what you get out of it. Of course, Julian, Lucie and Luigi are always there to provide support, but you will certainly benefit from fully immersing yourself in the Cape Town culture and the working environment in the country. If you can do that, Cape Town and Bridging Gaps will be the best internship you could wish for in your lifetime. Thank you once again, Julian, Lucie, Luigi, all my friends, colleagues and everyone else who was involved in my Cape Town experience. It was one that will live long in the memory, and I am sure I will see you again, South Africa.

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Journalism Internship Placement Experience

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I wanted experience in a news room. I wanted an insight into the relationships and networking involved in the news room, and how everything works.

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

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

I got more than I expected! I basically got a real journalist job visiting sites, meeting and interviewing local people, and writing many stories weekly. I learned on the job going out and doing things instead of just shadowing someone.

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, one of the reasons I came here was for the challenge, because I’ve done many other things in my life that I hadn’t felt adequately challenged in. From my very first day at The Cape Argus I felt challenged!

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 definitely because I don’t feel like I would have gotten the same experience in the UK. You’re not only experiencing doing a job, you’re also experiencing a very different culture and a very different environment. You can’t get those skills back home.

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! There was one paper where I got a whole page to myself! I had many articles published during my time working for the newspaper.

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?

I first wanted to be a journalist because of South Africa, so the first journalist story I covered at university was about Oscar Pretorius. It was such an interesting story, not just because of what happened but also because he was one of my personal heroes. I really love sports, and I learned a lot about South Africa in University and decided I could get two things I’m interested in by interning here in Cape Town. I couldn’t say no to that opportunity!

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?

No! I had no supervision but plenty of guidance, but in that I learned a lot. It taught me to be more independent and at the end of the day we come and do internships to learn.

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, I got a lot of responsibilities! I did the job of an actual reporter. I wouldn’t describe my time here as an internship, I’d rather describe it as very hands on work experience- which is much better than just shadowing someone!

I very quickly learned that its all about the service. People need to realise as I did, that so much goes into finding good accommodation, good internships and also having the someone available all the time if I need help with something. I don’t think I would have been able to find all this on my own. It was very worth it. It is expensive, but you won’t have an experience as great as this if you don’t pay for it.

- Peter

I very quickly learned that its all about the service. People need to realise as I did, that so much goes into finding good accommodation, good internships and also having the someone available all the time if I need help with something. I don’t think I would have been able to find all this on my own. It was very worth it. It is expensive, but you won’t have an experience as great as this if you don’t pay for it.

- Peter

I very quickly learned that its all about the service. People need to realise as I did, that so much goes into finding good accommodation, good internships and also having the someone available all the time if I need help with something. I don’t think I would have been able to find all this on my own. It was very worth it. It is expensive, but you won’t have an experience as great as this if you don’t pay for it.

- Peter

I very quickly learned that its all about the service. People need to realise as I did, that so much goes into finding good accommodation, good internships and also having the someone available all the time if I need help with something. I don’t think I would have been able to find all this on my own. It was very worth it. It is expensive, but you won’t have an experience as great as this if you don’t pay for it.

- Peter
 

Cape Town experience

Peter'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?

Everyone fears being somewhere new and being alone. I think I was worried about getting through the first week of my internship and realizing I didn’t like it.

What do you think about those fears now?

What do you think about those fears now?

I don’t have fears now! My internship taught me that I do have fears every day, but you just keep a positive attitude and move forward.

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?

Its small! But the diversity in this city is huge! I think Cape Town is a lot like home, but if you really spend time in the city, for a longer time, you come to see that it is so much more diverse.

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?

Yeah! There’s something for everyone!

 

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy

- Peter

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy

- Peter

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy

- Peter

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy

- Peter

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy

- Peter

Bridging Gap's service

Peter's Review of Our Internship Programme & Services

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

I mostly spoke to Lucie before I came, and Lucie sorted out the placement very quickly. I never felt like it was a difficult process, if there was a problem it was sorted out very quickly.

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

It was good! You guys have always been there when we need you. But you have not been overbearing. If we need to talk its always really easy to set up a meeting and you always respond very quickly. So yeah its been great!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

The organising of everything before I got here was so well done and easy. I also liked the Social Events that Bridging Gaps organised, so that even if you aren’t the type to go out much, the events give you an opportunity to meet everyone at your own pace. Another thing is how available you always were for if there was an emergency or if we need to talk about something. But hands down the best feature is the actual organising, things were just so easy.

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

How did you feel about the program fees before you applied?

I think what ever way you put it, it’s a lot of money. You do wonder is it going to be worth paying this amount?

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

How has your opinion about the program fees changed after completing your placement?

I very quickly learned that its all about the service. People need to realise as I did, that so much goes into finding good accommodation, good internships and also having the someone available all the time if I need help with something. I don’t think I would have been able to find all this on my own. It was very worth it. It is expensive, but you won’t have an experience as great as this if you don’t pay for it.

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

What would you say to someone who is considering an internship with Bridging Gaps, but is concerned about the fees?

I’d tell them that you will have a great time. You can have a great time in Cape Town on your own, but through Bridging Gaps, you’re going to meet so many more people, you’re going to have people a phone call away if you need help, you’ll also have people who have a knowledge of what its like to live in Cape Town, and what its like to intern here. So, if this is what you need to do for your career I’d recommend it!

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