Mari Nelson: Film & Photography internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Mari (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 Mari's internship programme was Film & Photography.

SUMMARY

Overview of Mari's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Film
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
Arizona State University
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Mari's detailed ratings

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Here's how Mari rated the different aspects of her Film & Photography internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Mari'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 love to travel and so I’ve already been to Australia and Europe so I decided Africa was next on my list. When I was researching, I found that Cape Town just seemed like the perfect place that had lots of job opportunities and a big business industry, so I knew that I would find an internship within the field I was looking for!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

Initially I wasn’t looking so much to learn about broadcast journalism. I was looking to experience what the work place within South Africa would be like compared to the work place in America and the job I had in Australia. I was looking for experience in how news was done in different countries.

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

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

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes I was given a lot of responsibilities, I was busy every single day, I always had projects to do and was never board with my internship!

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

It definitely did challenge me and took me out of my comfort zone. It made me try new things I wouldn’t have tried back home in broadcast journalism, since they do things so differently here. It was a good experience to do things the way south Africans do things!

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

Yes, I feel like I made tons of valuable contributions! I got to share a lot of tips about how things are done back home, for example I showed them how we do different camera shots back home which turned out to be a great help to them. I probably did about 25 stories that went on their broadcast in the time I was with them!

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

Yes, it was definitely a worthwhile experience and I think my internship in Cape Town was one of the big reasons I landed a new job back home in the states. I think that interning abroad is a really really good way to further your career back home!

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

I was concerned about safety and worried that I wouldn’t make any friends!

What do you think about those fears now?

Nothing bad has ever happened to me here! I was worried for nothing. I also made many friends. Bridging Gaps arranged really nice accommodation that made me feel safe and gave me the opportunity to meet new people and make friends quickly.

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

It is so so sooo diverse! The nature here is beautiful!

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

Yes Definitely!

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

Before my trip Lucie was in constant contact with me. Every single time I thought of a question, I would just text her and she would immediately arrange to call me and made every effort to make sure I understood every question I had. Lucie also did all the contact with my internship before hand so I didn’t have to do anything. She did all the contact with the housing. It was very convenient.

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

My experience with Bridging Gaps while I was in Cape Town was very good! They always kept in contact with me and If I needed anything they helped me in every way that they could. When I was sick, they brought me meds, when I needed a hairdryer Lucie borrowed one to me, everything I had a slight concern for they made sure I got it. They also planned a bunch of events for all the interns and it was a great way to make friends and experience Cape Town!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

The one thing I love the most about bridging gaps was that the people that work for the company are really relatable and young and friendly! We often went out for dinner together or went out for coffee to chat a few times. It was always so easy to chat with them because they just acted like friends!

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

Before my trip Lucie was in constant contact with me. Every single time I thought of a question, I would just text her and she would immediately arrange to call me and made every effort to make sure I understood every question I had. Lucie also did all the contact with my internship before hand so I didn’t have to do anything. She did all the contact with the housing. It was very convenient.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes definitely. They know a lot of companies that they can hook you up with.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

No idea!

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

I think its good compared to other companies.

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 would say that money comes and goes, you can always make more money, but you can’t always get the experiences you’ve missed or take back opportunities you’ve missed. I worked every day in a restaurant to save up to come to South Africa and now I’m broke, but the experience I got during my time here is worth it!

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