Nour Sallam: Journalism internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Nour (from Canada) completed a 6 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Nour's internship programme was Journalism.

SUMMARY

Overview of Nour's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
6
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
TV
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of British Columbia Okanagan
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Nour's detailed ratings

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Here's how Nour rated the different aspects of her Journalism internship programme.

Overall Rating: 9/10
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Nour'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’ve always wanted to visit Cape Town. I thought it would be a good opportunity to be able to do something productive while I was here as well. I always thought it was culturally diverse and I wanted to experience that in person!

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

This was it! This internship I did here was exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a journalism internship where I was hoping my work could get published while I was here.

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

Spot on!

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

Yes I did. In the beginning not so much, but I learned that sometimes people are just busy and if you ask questions they will always try to answer them.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

I was given more than adequate responsibilities! I was given a lot of responsibilities it was awesome!

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

Yes it was very challenging in a good way and it definitely developed my skills.

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

Yes, they were understaffed like many media companies these days, so I was always doing something and always working on several projects at a time!

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

Yeah it gave me the opportunity to build my portfolio which is great. I initially thought I might have ended the internship with 2 or 3 published articles, but I ended up with a lot more. I’m applying for a masters program and they want a portfolio, so I am now in a position where I can actually pick out the best of what I wrote. Working abroad also gave me a different perspective. As a tourist you only see things from one side, usually the absolute best of a country. Whereas working here allowed me to experience the country in a more unbiased and real way.

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

I was afraid I wouldn’t get along with people. I was worried I’d be very lonely.

What do you think about those fears now?

All Gone! Bridging Gaps did a really great job bringing all the interns together by hosting different social activities and I made friends really quickly.

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

It is vibrant and so beautiful and its left enough of an impression to make me want to come back!

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

Yes! I’d also say don’t just go to the normal touristy places in Cape Town. There are so many more amazing things to see and Bridging Gaps did a great job showing us the hidden gems of Cape Town. I also never felt unsafe in Cape Town and it was a very humbling experience for me to come here and actually see how different life is here compared to back home.

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

Yes, I don’t think I had a single question that Bridging Gaps didn’t answer before my arrival or during my stay. I was so settled the minute I got here. The orientation was really helpful too!!

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

You guys were awesome! First of all you helped organise so many events, like paragliding, skydiving and an amazing safari. You also were so helpful recommending places to go and getting us discounts! You’ve also been helpful with your constant check ins with us, and it was great to see if an intern was having a tough time, you stepped in and helped arrange a whole new internship for them within a matter of days. The social activities are also great!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

How available you always are, 24/7. I lost my phone at 3 in the morning, and you picked up when I called for help. It’s definitely the best feature, you’re a small team but you feel like older siblings looking out for us. It’s a very homey, welcoming feel that you guys have.

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

Yes, I don’t think I had a single question that Bridging Gaps didn’t answer before my arrival or during my stay. I was so settled the minute I got here. The orientation was really helpful too!!

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

How available you always are, 24/7. I lost my phone at 3 in the morning, and you picked up when I called for help. It’s definitely the best feature, you’re a small team but you feel like older siblings looking out for us. It’s a very homey, welcoming feel that you guys have.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

I have no idea. I think I’ve gotten the absolute best experience I could have gotten. Even when I was having a difficult time during the first 2 weeks of my internship, I never had a single problem with Bridging Gaps itself.

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

I thought it was very reasonable. I saw other programs and they were way more expensive.

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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