Jakob Valk: Engineering internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Jakob (from Australia) completed a 4 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Jakob's internship programme was Engineering.

SUMMARY

Overview of Jakob's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
4
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Mechanical
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of Adelaide
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Jakob's detailed ratings

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Here's how Jakob rated the different aspects of his Engineering internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Jakob's detailed review of his 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 needed work experience to graduate! Your opportunity showed up on my University portal and I decided to give it a go.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking for anything to do with engineering. Which is what I ended up getting.

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

The actual work experience I got ended up very different from what I was expecting, but that's okay as it was still really fun. I still learned a lot!

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

The people I worked with gave me a lot of freedom but were always available when I had questions.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yeah, I’d say so! It was a little slow in the first week, but then it picked up and we got busy!

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

Yes! I was doing work I’ve never done before and that was a great experience.

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

I think so yeah. It's hard when you only come on an internship for 4 weeks. But I feel I made a contribution in my time here.

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

100%. It was wonderful and just so great. I wish I could stay for longer

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

Many of my friends and family were surprised when I wanted to come to Cape Town. They all thought it was very dangerous and told me I was going to get mugged or something.

What do you think about those fears now?

If you’re smart about things there won't be a problem. It's the same as any other country...

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

Cape Town is beautiful. There’s too much to do! I didn’t do enough, and I wish I could have stated for longer.

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

Yeah even if you just came for a holiday. It's definitely worth it.

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

It was really good. I got to talk to Lucie and you a lot. If I had any questions, you were there! I was a little picky with what I wanted for my internship, and you guys always had another option waiting for me if I was unsure.

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

It was good! You guys kept reaching out to check up on me, making sure I was okay and happy at work. The socials were very good. You guys get an A+ from me!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Definitely the helpfulness. If I needed anything I could just contact you, which is awesome to have when you are in a new country for the first time.

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

It was really good. I got to talk to Lucie and you a lot. If I had any questions, you were there! I was a little picky with what I wanted for my internship, and you guys always had another option waiting for me if I was unsure.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yeah definitely!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Give us Bridging Gaps Jackets!

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

A bit expensive. It didn't matter to me much as my government paid my trip. But I can imagine it being quite expensive to those who are paying out their own pockets.

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

I think it's worth the experience!

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

I think its worth it. If you really want to travel you can find the money somewhere and do it.

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our Engineering 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.

Engineering Internship Programmes

Spend time with one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms and gain valuable hands on experience in civil, mechanical, telecommunications, industrial, energy, chemical or electrical engineering. Our engineering internships provide you with the opportunity to apply your classroom taught knowledge to real life situations whilst building a professional portfolio of work.

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