Jonathan Wisner: International Trade internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Jonathan (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 Jonathan's internship programme was International Trade.

SUMMARY

Overview of Jonathan's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Renewable energy
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of California
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Jonathan's detailed review of 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 had the opportunity to go abroad for my studies, and I didn’t want to study abroad because I needed a break from school. I decided I wanted to intern somewhere instead so I was doing some research about where I could go and I found Bridging Gaps; it seemed cool so I went for it.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking for something in my degree field, which was international development, so something in the non-profit space.

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

It was exactly what I was looking for! Everything came together perfectly.

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

Oh yes, we worked very closely together. I worked very closely with the CEO, we had a chat every day, and the team was always there to help.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Very much so! Very very much so. They gave me enough time to settle in so I never felt overwhelmed, and then when I was ready to dive in they let me DIVE IN.

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

Yes absolutely. I developed my writing skills a lot. I also have this thing where I really hate talking on the phone and feel uncomfortable making calls, and for this position, I had to talk on the phone a lot, so I’ve really had the opportunity to work on that skill. I also learnt how to communicate with higher-level people and companies, and how to work within a professional setting - that kind of stuff.

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

Yeah, they gave me direct control over projects that I could see through from start to finish. I could watch each project advance!

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

Absolutely, it was directly in my field of study. I wanted to go somewhere and do something different and that's exactly what I got.

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

Well if we’re being real, I was most nervous about being scammed! I was so scared I’d show up in Cape Town at the airport, and Bridging Gaps just wasn’t there or real. Another one was my living situation, I didn't know how that would go down at all. I was nervous about whether I’d make any friends or that people wouldn't want to be friends with me.

What do you think about those fears now?

Well, I wasn't scammed so yay! And my accommodation was beyond my wildest dreams of people and friends and love and all that, so I could literally not have asked for a better experience!

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

I love Cape Town. The city gives me a very Los Angeles vibe, and I’m a fan of that. The people in general, are wonderful here. The city is just gorgeous, there’s always a mountain in view and an ocean nearby.

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

Oh absolutely!

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

Definitely. I got a lot of pre-arrival reading materials and Lucie was always very willing to answer my questions and calm me down if need be.

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

Good, I knew you were always there and that I could contact you any time. I think that was very comforting to have in the back of my mind, even if I didn't need your help often, you were available in case I did.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

From what I’ve seen from other internship companies and heard from other people doing internships here in Cape Town, it seems like the quality of the internship placements that Bridging Gaps secures are much higher. I think that's quite unique! (and am very grateful for it too)

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

Definitely. I got a lot of pre-arrival reading materials and Lucie was always very willing to answer my questions and calm me down if need be.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

I really would! I don't really have anything negative to say about this experience.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Not really anything big. I think maybe when you organised team dinners and things like that, maybe I would have liked more of a weeks heads-up as I had quite a busy schedule.

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

I thought it was a good deal. If you look at many of the other internship programs out there, they are much more expensive and include nothing, compared to Bridging Gaps.

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

It's definitely fair. I’ve met a few people who came here on a much bigger, more expensive program (one of them worked with me) and we were getting the same things. So its definitely fair.

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

I would say that I think it's worth it. You get the assistance you need. You have people watching over you. It's a worthwhile investment, and it's better than other programs from what I’ve seen.

Anything else you would like to add?

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International Trade Internship Programmes

Kick start your successful career in international trade by gaining professional work experience in one of Cape Town’s leading international trade companies. Participating in one of our international trade internships is the perfect way to demonstrate to future employers that you have a real understanding of how cultures, values and governmental laws can impact trade on a global scale.

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