Leonie Lukat: Event Management internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Leonie (from Germany) completed a 15 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Leonie's internship programme was Event Management.

SUMMARY

Overview of Leonie's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
15
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Wedding
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
North Metropolitan TAFE
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Leonie's detailed ratings

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Here's how Leonie rated the different aspects of her Event Management internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Leonie'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 wanted to come to cape town to explore a new country because I’ve never been to any African country at all. So that was the last continent I still needed to explore, and I thought it would be a good place to go because people speak English here, so I could speak their language!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I studied Event Management so I wanted to do something in events initially, but then I heard about the wedding industry in cape town, and how big and diverse it is. I decided to try something new and explore a different industry in the market.

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

It was better than I could have imagined! The wedding industry is so different from the more corporate events or fundraisers I’m used to.

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

Yes, it was just myself and my supervisor working together, so everything I did or worked on, my supervisor would be nearby keeping an eye out and helping me if I needed anything.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, I got to do many projects by myself and was often given a lot of responsibility.

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

It definitely challenged me, because I had never worked in the wedding industry before. I found the wedding planning to be so much more personal and emotional. I had many opportunities to add a personal touch to my work and this was very rewarding!

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

Yes, I do feel like I made a valuable contribution to the company. It was a very small team so I often took on almost half the work that needed to be done!

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

Yeah, it was definitely a worthwhile experience and I had many many chances to grow and learn new things that I don’t think I would have learned in Germany!

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

I think I was mostly scared of the poverty and the crime in Cape Town.

What do you think about those fears now?

I think my fears were a bit silly now looking back on it. You can’t really judge a country or city until you have actually been there. I heard all the stereotypical dangers and problems in Cape Town, and many people told me about how dangerous it is, but I experienced no problems at all while I was here.

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

I think Cape Town is so beautiful because you have the ocean, mountains, and Winelands all in close proximity to each other. Its also so diverse and you can really find people from all over the world living here. It's an amazing city.

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

Yeah I would recommend it to anyone!

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

Yeah, I had had many phone calls with Lucie during my placement search. My first placement actually fell through, but Lucie was so quick at finding me a new placement and it turned out even better than the first opportunity! I never felt left alone, or like we would never find a placement. It was really good!

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

Yeah, it was amazing! There was always someone available to talk to that could answer my questions, or help me through things like my visa extension. You were always really quick to reply and could meet up at a moments notice.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Yes for me I think it was the placement! I couldn’t have found this placement myself, and even my supervisor said she wouldn’t have wanted to hire interns who just came by themselves. She only hires interns that come through an agency. That way, she only needs to focus on my internship and the work at hand, and not the many other things that come along with doing an internship abroad. Like my accommodation, safety, social events and making friends, were all handled by Bridging Gaps.

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

Yeah, I had had many phone calls with Lucie during my placement search. My first placement actually fell through, but Lucie was so quick at finding me a new placement and it turned out even better than the first opportunity! I never felt left alone, or like we would never find a placement. It was really good!

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Oh yeah for sure! I think it depends on the industry you are going for, but there are definitely somethings available in Cape town that you definitely won’t find back home.

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?

I think its definitely worth going through an agency, because if something does go wrong, it's great to have that security, and someone close by who can help you through it.

Anything else you would like to add?

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