Anna Marshall: Biology internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Anna (from United States of America) completed a 12 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Anna's internship programme was Biology.

SUMMARY

Overview of Anna's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
Area:
Biology
CareerFocus:
Ecology
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
Dallas Baptist University
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Here's how Anna rated the different aspects of Biology internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Anna's detailed review of 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 something different and adventurous. When I looked up what Cape Town had to offer, like the beaches, mountains and all sorts of very touristy things to do, I thought that getting to do my internship in a city like that sounded like a dream!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

Initially, I was looking for an internship in the biological sciences. I wanted to work in a lab setting and learn some of the really important research techniques that I need to know for my future.

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

Initially, I expected to do more actual research, but I was much more involved in lab work, which was fine with me because it's basically the same thing except I never worked on any specific project.

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

Yes, they did help me out when I needed it, but they also let me do some independent work which was nice! It's kind of nice not having to shadow someone all the time, and when I got to do things on my own I felt like I really learned new stuff.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

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

Yes, I was challenged, not only at work but also by working in a foreign country where things are done differently from the US. Just getting to experience working in a different culture really challenged me.

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

Yeah I think so, I helped my supervisor with a lot of paperwork and the connections I made were very valuable.

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

Yes, I do feel like it was definitely worth it. Also, getting to travel a good portion of South Africa was great and definitely worthwhile.

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

I was kind of afraid I would have a hard time adjusting to the new culture and not make any friends.

What do you think about those fears now?

Yeah, I think these are just typical fears people have when travelling to a new country, and it usually turns out a lot better than you initially were worried about. For me, it definitely turned out great. I made friends and this experience has made me want to really come back to South Africa!

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

I would say Cape Town is a really beautiful place and I would recommend visiting South Africa to anyone!

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, the Bridging Gaps team was able to help me out with passport information and visa stuff, they helped me with accommodation and they set me up with an internship pretty quickly. They were really helpful and quick to get back to me if I had any questions!

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

It's been nice, especially getting all those discounts for the tours I did. Also getting good advice on activities to do and guidance on my internship was nice too.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

I’d say the best feature is getting one-on-one assistance; because Bridging Gaps is a smaller programme, everything felt more personal and you were willing to go out of your way to help me out and make my experience worthwhile.

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

Yes, the Bridging Gaps team was able to help me out with passport information and visa stuff, they helped me with accommodation and they set me up with an internship pretty quickly. They were really helpful and quick to get back to me if I had any questions!

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes, I’m going to tell everyone at my college about you!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

It's a little different for me because I lived further away from where other interns were staying, but it would be great if there were more social events.

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

I feel like the programme fees were very reasonable and probably the best price you could get for travelling and working in another country.

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

The fees were definitely worth it!

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

I’d say save up if you can and do it. Getting experience working overseas looks great on your resume, and if you need to save a little more to get that then I’d say do it!

Anything else you would like to add?

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