Miranda Bell Pearson: Advertising & Marketing internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Miranda (from United Kingdom) completed a 8 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Miranda's internship programme was Advertising & Marketing.

SUMMARY

Overview of Miranda's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
8
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Wildlife
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of York
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Miranda's detailed ratings

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

Overall Rating: 9/10
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Miranda'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 think my primary reason was to come to Cape Town more than to come for an internship. I initially wanted to experience Cape Town and do volunteering, so the fact that I did an internship was a bonus. Basically, I wanted to work in the charity sector and have a great time.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was initially looking for a volunteer program where I could give back to the community and make a positive difference. I wanted to work with people who were friendly and whom I enjoyed spending time with and I wanted to do something new and test the limits of what I’m capable of.

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

My placement was more office based than I thought it was going to be because I initially thought I’d be volunteering, but I did do more practical things in the office. Like it was more operations based than I thought it would be, but I also learnt a lot about office culture and about the charity sector in a developing country. So, it was worthwhile.

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

Yes, they gave me a lot of support and whenever I had a question, they were happy to help. It wasn’t like they were grudging in anyway. And they always wanted to give me opportunities, like the boss was always offering things and helping us to do more things and getting us involved in whatever’s going on. So, I felt like it was very inclusive there.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

I felt like at the beginning it was slightly mixed, but then as time went on I had more to do and had more responsibility. I had something that I could do that was my own project.

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

Yes, I think it helped me be more time efficient and manage my time better in a pressured environment. I also did a lot of research work, so that was useful. I think that this is something I would like to pursue further. It was helpful in developing time management skills and other skills in that type of environment.

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

Yes I was given the opportunity. They gave me a lot of opportunities to help and take parts in projects. They really took me on board and made me a part of their team. Yeah, I further developed a syllabus in agriculture for my host and they are going to pursue that further. So, I do feel like I have left my mark in a sense.

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

Yes I think it will, because I’ve also worked abroad and that’s a significant part of it. Because South Africa is a country where development work has to be done and the charity I was working for is very relevant to the problems south Africa faces, like they address the problems of HIV. I think it will help me do further work in the charity sector.

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

My fears were safety and the water crisis.

What do you think about those fears now?

It never affected me that much. Maybe the safety, like petty crimes, but it just gave me insight as to what life’s like. It didn’t really hinder me that much. I don’t have the same fears I had, I’m more aware now of what life’s like. Now that I’m here I realize you just have to get on with it when things get tough.

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

Cape Town is definitely a city I’d want to come back to, it’s very vibrant and just the different natural elements of it are really great, like the tourists and people living here, like the mountains and the sea. There’s so much going on all the time. Its just a great place to be!

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

Yeah definitely!

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

Yeah as soon as I showed my interest in coming, Lucie was very helpful and always got back to me very quickly. I felt like I could ask her whatever I wanted, and I’d get a response. Her information was always very accurate. Yeah there was good communication, and you were always there for support and advice so it was great.

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

Yeah it was good. It was nice to have that orientation when I first came and meet the team. I just felt if I ever needed something then I could ask for it. It really helped me feel safe here!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Just how approachable everyone was and how friendly they were.

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

Yeah as soon as I showed my interest in coming, Lucie was very helpful and always got back to me very quickly. I felt like I could ask her whatever I wanted, and I’d get a response. Her information was always very accurate. Yeah there was good communication, and you were always there for support and advice so it was great.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Just how approachable everyone was and how friendly they were.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Uhmmmm…I don’t know. I think everything was covered!

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?

Anything else you would like to add?

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