Nils Sommer: Film & Photography internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Nils (from Switzerland) completed a 8 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Nils's internship programme was Film & Photography.

SUMMARY

Overview of Nils's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
8
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Film
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
Berner Fachhochschule
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Nils's detailed ratings

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Here's how Nils rated the different aspects of his Film & Photography internship programme.

Overall Rating: /10
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Nils's detailed review of his 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 gain experience in the film industry and Cape Town is the perfect town for that.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

Being part of a team and be able to help and work closely with Producers, Directors etc.

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

My placement was very good. It met my expectations completely.

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

Yes, they were very friendly and attentive.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, very much. I quickly was given the opportunity to work on my own and deal with some responsibilities.

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

Yes, I learned a lot concerning communication skills and working in the film industry.

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

It depended. At EuroConnection definitely but MonkeyFilms did not really have much work for me except cleaning the storage room. I would recommend that you make sure the organizations, interns go to, do have work or at least stuff they provide where people can learn something.

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

Definitely! I think it was important for me to work abroad and step out of my comfort zone.

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

I thought my english skills were not good enough for working in CT.

What do you think about those fears now?

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

It is a very cool place (the best in summer ;) ). You often meet great people and the best about Cape Town is the diversity. Beaches, City, mountains, and nature!

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

Absolutely. Just go!

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

Yes, they offered me several jobs although the season was coming to an end and Lucie or Luigi were always reachable.

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

I did not need much from them but Luigi was very helpful, taking me with on the first day and checking in from time to time.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

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

Yes, they offered me several jobs although the season was coming to an end and Lucie or Luigi were always reachable.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Make sure that the organisations you work with really do have work for the interns. Otherwise it’s just a loss of time.

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

I thought that it is too much

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

It is justified because of the service which is provided.

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?

Check out our Film & Photography programme

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Film & Photography Internship Programmes

We collaborate with a variety of successful photographers, film production teams, NGO’s, magazines and fashion companies in Cape Town that provide some incredible film and photography internship opportunities. Our internships give you the chance to gain an important insight into the realities of working in film or photography, whilst learning from experienced and accomplished professionals in your field.

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Fashion

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