Hannah Adler: Journalism internship programme review and rating.

In 2019, Hannah completed an 12 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Hannah's internship programme was Journalism.

SUMMARY

Overview of Hannah's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
TV
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of Birmingham
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Hannah'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 ?

So I never picked Cape Town initially, I picked Bridging Gaps! I was just looking to go somewhere exotic and beautiful. I went on your website and saw that you offered internships, and I then saw the pictures of Cape Town and it was so beautiful so I decided to go for it.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking for a job with a lot of responsibility! I was rather lucky in that regard because when I started working, my host organization had just retrenched many employees, so I had a lot of work to get on with. They had loads of responsibility to give me!

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

I got exactly, if not more than what I wanted!

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

Yes, I did. When I first started I didn’t get as much guidance, but I quickly learned, as you recommended at the start of my internship, that I need to be the one to ask and take the initiative. But they were really good about supervising me. They always helped when I asked and were always available to speak to me if I needed anything.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, definitely!

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

I feel like I’m leaving with skills I never had before! after this internship I feel like I can confidently apply for jobs back home, knowing that I can actually do the things expected from me!

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

Yes, 100 percent! I contributed 10 online articles, 4 for the magazine, I helped others with their work when they got too busy, and when I left my supervisor said “I dont know what we are going to do without you”

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

Yes definitely!

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

The crime. I was told by everyone back home that I was going to be stabbed or robbed.

What do you think about those fears now?

It’s the same as any city. The media is only going to tell you when the bad stuff happens, but I never experienced any violence. I lost my phone but I don't even know where. It's just like any other city. People are aware that there are dangers and you need to stick to the necessary precautions.

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

I love it! It’s like a hot, laid back version of a big city.

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

Yes most definitely! I’ve already told everyone I know!

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

Oh yeah! What really helped was the conversation we had before I arrived in Cape Town. We spoke about the work culture in South Africa. That was really helpful! When I arrived you were waiting for me at the airport, that was really awesome. All-round it was the right level of service, not always in our face about things, but always available when I needed you. I know another intern here from a different program who also had an internship coordinator. The coordinator was taking him out every single weekend, and he ended up getting very fed up with it all, and had to pretend he was ill to get out of all the weekend activities the coordinator was planning.

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

Yeah, you were very much a great help!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

I’d say having you only a phone call away and your quick response time! It made me feel very safe.

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

Oh yeah! What really helped was the conversation we had before I arrived in Cape Town. We spoke about the work culture in South Africa. That was really helpful! When I arrived you were waiting for me at the airport, that was really awesome. All-round it was the right level of service, not always in our face about things, but always available when I needed you. I know another intern here from a different program who also had an internship coordinator. The coordinator was taking him out every single weekend, and he ended up getting very fed up with it all, and had to pretend he was ill to get out of all the weekend activities the coordinator was planning.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes, I would definitely!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

I can't think of anything!

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?

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