Molly Budgen: Animal & Wildlife internship programme review and rating.

In 2019, Molly completed an 5 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Molly's internship programme was Animal & Wildlife.

SUMMARY

Overview of Molly's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
5
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Research
Nationality:
Status:
Post Graduate
Institute:
University of Sheffield
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Molly's detailed ratings

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Here's how Molly rated the different aspects of her Animal & Wildlife internship programme.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Molly's detailed review of her experience.

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Placement & programme experience
02
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 experience new things and to travel. I was looking to add work experience to my CV.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I really didn’t have something specific in mind. I just knew I wanted to do something in conservation.

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

I never had any expectations so I really enjoyed my internship.

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

Yes, they were lovely, they talked me walked me through everything, until I learned how to do it all and then they left me to be quite independent!

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, I was entrusted to do a lot of the day to day duties! I was often asked to take on extra duties outside my job role too.

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

Yes, I think so, I learned a lot of practical skills that I did not get during my studies at home. I also just learned the meaning of hard work, which was challenging but exactly what I was looking for.

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

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

Yes! I think it’s going to look really good on my CV.

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

I was nervous about travelling alone. I was also nervous about safety.

What do you think about those fears now?

I’d definitely recommend to people that they come - I would definitely come again. It’s not as dangerous as I initially thought.

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

It’s lovely, it’s vibrant, it’s just a beautiful city! The whole coastline is stunning! There are always people dancing and singing in the city in the streets, it’s great.

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

Yes!

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

Yes, you gave me lots of advice, helped with flights, visas and accommodation. Then also the phone call we had before I arrived to prepare me for the cultural differences in the workspace was really helpful. It helped me a lot.

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

Really good as well. You were always checking up on me to make sure I was happy. I could always come to you if I had a problem with anything. And when you organised trips and things for me, that was also very nice.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

The best feature was definitely all the organisation and preparation before I even got here. I would have never found an internship, and I would have been too scared to travel here on my own. The socials were also great!

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

Yes, you gave me lots of advice, helped with flights, visas and accommodation. Then also the phone call we had before I arrived to prepare me for the cultural differences in the workspace was really helpful. It helped me a lot.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes definitely.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

I don’t know.. You ticked all the boxes on my list!

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?

I think it was worth it for what I got. I would have never been able to come to Cape Town without your services.

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

I never had the connections needed to plan a trip like this on my own. That’s what you were there for essentially, you “bridged the gap” that allowed me to travel to Cape Town, do an internship and have a great time!

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our Animal & Wildlife 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.

Animal & Wildlife Internship Programmes

Develop crucial field skills necessary to start your successful career in conservation and have the chance to work with a diverse range of wildlife including; The Big Five, Cape fur seals, Humpback whales, Great White Sharks and African penguins. We also offer internship opportunities in veterinary clinics where you have the chance to work with cats, dogs and exotic pets.

Internship Focus Options:

Research

Game reserve work

Veterinary work

Rehabilitation and protection

Animal & Wildlife Internship Programmes
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