Brittany Lemke : Medical & Healthcare internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Brittany (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 Brittany's internship programme was Medical & Healthcare.

SUMMARY

Overview of Brittany's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Public education
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
Florida State University
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Brittany's detailed ratings

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Here's how Brittany rated the different aspects of her Medical & Healthcare internship programme.

Overall Rating: 8.8/10
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Brittany'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 wasn’t actually originally looking for an internship in Cape Town specifically. I was looking to visit a country that was a little different, obscure or a little unorthodox. I was looking to go somewhere, where I could learn through their way of learning, and not so much through the typical western way of doing things. Cape Town definitely ticked off a lot of the boxes.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

Definitely research. I wanted it to be in the medical field over anything. Ideally, I wanted it to be in engineering, with a medical base.

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

It ended up being exactly what I needed. The beginning was a bit hectic, as I started off in the hospital. But in the second week, I moved to a lab where I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.

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

I never received a lot of direction when I started in the hospital. Once I moved into the lab, I got more direction from my supervisor and got to work with many other students and people who were all doing research.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes!

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

Yes, definitely. My internship was actually quite specific to my major, which is tissue engineering. This opportunity has actually given me a much better idea of what I want to do in the future, and where I want to go and how I want to study going forward.

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

Yes very much so! The lab really needed an engineer and I was there exactly when they needed one!

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

Absolutely! Not only from the internship but outside of that as well. In the States, I became a fundraising chair for Engineers Without Borders. A lot of my interactions here were with people from within poor communities and making those connections through Bridging Gaps, such as meeting MC, who does so much for his community, was amazing. I’ll be working towards doing fundraising for his work and others in the Cape Town area.

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

Safety. Not much else! My parents were quite scared too.

What do you think about those fears now?

There are situations that can put you on edge, like when you're walking around and there are people coming up to you asking for things or touching you. But for the most part, I wasn’t ever really scared. I am definitely not as afraid as I was when I first got here. Being here has taught me that it's not as bad in Cape Town as you may think or hear about.

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

I Love it! It’s beautifully. It's crazy seeing mountains next to the ocean, and it's all so accessible. It's really beautiful and I want to come back!

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

Yes!

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

Lucie sent me everything I needed and I was very excited with what she sent. You guys were always very responsive (even more responsive than me sometimes)

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

You guys were always available when I needed you. Especially Luigi, you would get back to me almost immediately every time I messaged you or called. The orientation was very detailed and realistic. Your info was very real, not sugar-coated in any way, and I appreciated the honesty.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

The socials! The dinners! it was really fun.

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

Lucie sent me everything I needed and I was very excited with what she sent. You guys were always very responsive (even more responsive than me sometimes)

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes!

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?

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our Medical & Healthcare programme

Click below to see more a more detailed description of our programme to see if it can give you the career boost you're looking for.

Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes

Enjoy an incredibly rewarding internship experience in a healthcare setting of your choice. Our medical and public healthcare internships provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge, gain exposure to diverse medical cases, learn from highly experienced specialists and contribute tremendously to the Public Health system of South Africa.

Internship Focus Options:

Clinical observation

Nursing

Physiotherapy/ OT/ Speech Therapy

Research

Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes
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