Harriet Mallaby: Advertising & Marketing internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Harriet (from United Kingdom) completed a 12 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Harriet's internship programme was Advertising & Marketing.

SUMMARY

Overview of Harriet's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Marketing Strategy
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
King Edward VI College
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Harriet's detailed ratings

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Here's how Harriet rated the different aspects of her Advertising & Marketing internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Harriet'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 ?

The reason I wanted to come to Cape Town was that it was somewhere I had never been to before and I heard amazing things about the city! I also knew I wanted to do an internship to get work experience so Bridging Gaps gave me the opportunity to put the two together into one trip. It just made sense that this was the place to come!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was initially just looking for some real working experience. I wanted a job I could learn from, whether it was something I’d eventually decide to go into or not, I just wanted some work experience.

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

My actual internship was great because it really did provide me with hands-on experience of a marketing environment which I initially knew nothing about. I feel like I’m leaving the internship knowing so much more, not just about the work, but also about myself; like my working patterns and my work ethic.

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

Yes absolutely. I received so much support.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, I was. I was given the chance to complete various tasks. I was involved in a bit of everything!

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

Yes, it did. It challenged me in terms of organisation and time management because that was something I’ve never really had to do before! After starting out I was suddenly having to stick to very strict deadlines and get things done. That challenged me a lot, but I worked through it and I feel great about it now!

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

Yes, a hundred percent! It taught me so much and I don’t think I would have gotten this experience back home!

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

Yes, a hundred percent! It taught me so much and I don’t think I would have gotten this experience back home!

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

I was worried whether I’d settle in alright and whether I’d get along with the people I was living with and working with.

What do you think about those fears now?

They were absolutely stupid fears and a can’t imagine ever coming back to Cape Town, or travelling on my own for that matter, and having those fears again.

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

I am absolutely obsessed with it! I am completely in love with Cape Town!!

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

I am absolutely obsessed with it! I am completely in love with Cape Town!!

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

Yes, they did. They sent through so much information, not only to me but to my parents as well. They included all of us in the process which was great because my parents were especially worried about me travelling alone. They were always there for me. If I had any questions I’d just sent you guys an email and then I would get a response that same day, sometimes within an hour! I don’t even get that service back home!!

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

It was brilliant! The Bridging Gaps team was always there to help. If I ever needed something I would just send you a message and you would either reply, call or just show up at my doorstep to help me out!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Just how hands on you are! You make an effort to get to know all the interns and you really care about our wellbeing. It’s really nice to have that support especially when you are alone in a foreign country for the first time!

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

Yes, they did. They sent through so much information, not only to me but to my parents as well. They included all of us in the process which was great because my parents were especially worried about me travelling alone. They were always there for me. If I had any questions I’d just sent you guys an email and then I would get a response that same day, sometimes within an hour! I don’t even get that service back home!!

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes, I already have!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

From me, I don’t think there’s anything you can improve on. You’ve ticked every box!

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?

If you were concerned about the costs, yes it can sometimes be expensive to do this sort of thing, but it is SO worth it. I couldn’t recommend it more! I loved my time here!

Anything else you would like to add?

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