Arianne Nolan: Consultancy internship programme review and rating.

In 2018, Arianne completed an 6 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Arianne's internship programme was Consultancy.

SUMMARY

Overview of Arianne's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
6
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Entrepreneurship
Nationality:
Status:
Post Graduate
Institute:
Copenhagen Business School
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Here's how Arianne rated the different aspects of her Consultancy internship programme.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Arianne'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 ?

There were three or four countries that I wanted to go to! But after researching a bit, Cape Town won! Firstly because it was cheaper and secondly because there were so many things to do. I could work and gain experience, and also have a lot of things to do, so it would be like a holiday. I didn't want to spend the money and only work all the time.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I wanted management consulting and I wanted a practical hands-on experience where I was actually involved in cases to learn what casework actually involved.

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

They were super eager and very helpful, but they weren’t very organised. I ended up doing a lot of small tasks - I still learned a lot but it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.

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

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

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

I wouldn’t say it challenged me, but I would say I learned a lot. I got to shadow most of the people working there. Initially, if I had been told I was only going to shadow people, then I would have said there's no point, but I did end up learning a lot. They were very very open so I could ask anyone anything. I had sitdowns with the CEO and the Managing Director and they explained a lot of stuff to me, and they involved me in all their meetings so I got insight just from listening. So in that regard, I developed my knowledge, but not so much a skill set.

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?

Yeah. I do think so yes. Just being in the consulting world was very helpful. It could have been better, but it was still definitely worth it.

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

I didn’t really have any fears. I knew there would be a bit more poverty and lower living standards, but I wasn’t actually too scared of anything. I did get a bit of a shock on my first day, just how much poverty exists here, but I got over that quickly.

What do you think about those fears now?

I think I’ve been in poor places before, but I assumed it would be the same. It was maybe a bit more intense than I thought it would be. I don't really know how I could have prepared for that more or how you could have prepared me for that more. Maybe I should have just researched it myself.

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

I think it really is so diverse. It's really nice to see so many different cultures existing in one small area and also mingling so well. Cape Town is a really cool city with a really cool vibe!

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

Yes, absolutely! I’d probably warn them a little bit about the culture shock but yes absolutely.

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

Yeah, absolutely I was actually so impressed by Lucie. This was one of the reasons why I chose Bridging Gaps. I was actually looking at another well-established company. Then I had one phone call with Lucie and I was like, yes absolutely! And then the whole way through, she constantly checked in, nearly answered all my questions before I even got to ask them. She always gave me information when I needed it.

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

Yeah, I think you guys were really good! Whenever I needed you, you were always there!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

I was really impressed with the organisation and how you helped me when I arrived in Cape Town, and I think that was the biggest role you had to play. But also just the general insight and being available when we need you, and trying to cultivate a nice atmosphere for all the interns were great.

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

Yeah, absolutely I was actually so impressed by Lucie. This was one of the reasons why I chose Bridging Gaps. I was actually looking at another well-established company. Then I had one phone call with Lucie and I was like, yes absolutely! And then the whole way through, she constantly checked in, nearly answered all my questions before I even got to ask them. She always gave me information when I needed it.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yeah absolutely!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

I think from my experience, it would be good to check with the company beforehand whether they have a plan beforehand for what they are going to be doing, especially if its a new company you’re working with. But other than that I can't think of anything.

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

Well, this is one of the reasons I went with you; because Bridging Gaps is a very good value for the money. I thought it was a really good price.

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

I do think in hindsight, that the concierge is almost double the price, for the extra services. These are really good services, the accommodation and the social stuff, and what I absolutely wanted. But I’m not sure that there should be such a big difference between the two programmes.

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

Anything else you would like to add?

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