Alexis Sullivan: internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Alexis (from United States of America) completed a 4 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Alexis's internship programme was .

SUMMARY

Overview of Alexis's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
4
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
Area:
CareerFocus:
Ecology
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
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Alexis's detailed ratings

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Here's how Alexis rated the different aspects of her internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Alexis's detailed review of her experience.

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Placement & programme experience
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Location experience
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Bridging Gaps' services & support experience
Placement & Programme
What were your reasons for wanting to complete in ?

I wanted to do an internship to better my career, as well as travel overseas and experienced life in another country. Then when I spoke to Lucie over Skype, you were so helpful and gave me so much information, it made me want to do it even more!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking for an internship where I could work in a laboratory or in a hospital. Sometihng related to biology.

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

It was better than I ever thought it would be! I’ll be able to use all the skills I’ve learnt going forward for my studies in grad school. I was working in a laboratory at Stellenbosch University Campus in Tygerberg Hospital. My research project was focused on TB.

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

Yes definitely and even when my supervisor Monique wasn’t there, I could get help from anyone. I always felt I had someone I could talk too. There were a lot of PHD and Masters students working in the laboratory with me and I learnt a lot from them.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Oh yes definitely. I had my own project that I was given before arriving in Cape Town and I was able to start it and see it through to the end which was great.

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

Yes for sure- I learnt how to do a Western. I would never have been able to do this back home at the stage I am with my studies because it is so expensive and time consuming. My school wouldn’t invest in an undergrad doing this so I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it until Grad School.

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

Overall, was this international internship a worthwhile experience that will help you achieve your career goals?

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

The biggest concern that I saw from doing my own research was safety. However there was never a moment in Cape Town that I felt unsafe at all. I feel that you just need to be smart about having your bag out in public and things like that, kinda something you would do in every big city. It didn’t impact on my trip at all while I was here. I took Ubers on my own and never worried.

What do you think about those fears now?

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of with Bridging Gaps?

I loved it! I thought it was great. There are so many experiences here, Boulders beach, Table Mountain. I felt like everything that I did was the coolest thing I had ever done! Then I’d try something new, and feel like that was the coolest thing I had ever done!

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

Service & Support
Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

Yes definitely. There is nothing I can think of that you guys could have done to prepare me better for my trip.

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

I was really happy with everything you guys did for me, I don’t think there would be anything I would change. I couldn’t have had a better experience with Bridging Gaps!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

Yes definitely. There is nothing I can think of that you guys could have done to prepare me better for my trip.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes definitely! It was such a worthwhile experience. I would maybe suggest that they come in summer rather than winter, just to be able to experience more outdoors though. I loved it either way!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

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

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

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

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