Thomas Hall: Law & Policy internship programme review and rating.

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In 2019, Thomas (from United Kingdom) completed a 10 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Thomas's internship programme was Law & Policy.

SUMMARY

Overview of Thomas's internship programme:

Year:
2019
Duration:
10
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
NGO / Social Justice
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of Edinburgh
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Thomas's detailed ratings

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Here's how Thomas rated the different aspects of his Law & Policy internship programme.

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Thomas'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 ?

Cape Town is a gorgeous city and I have always wanted to visit the city.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking for hands-on work related to anything law based.

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

It went far beyond what I expected. I am really glad that I had experience with my placement. Working at the organisation I did my internship in has been one of the most important experiences of my life. I learnt a variety of areas from Environmental Law to Forced Migration. I was very satisfied.

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

Decent amounts. The attorneys I shadowed gave me plenty of space to enjoy my time in Cape Town without being overbearing but did a good job of giving me work where I was kept busy and not bored.

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes. I met with clients for pro-bono work and was given the responsibility of relaying information from my attorneys to the clients.

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

Yes. It forced me out of my comfort zone and made me develop many professional and interpersonal skills.

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

Yes. Interns at my host organization played a key role in the functioning of the NGO. Without us helping with clients, doing research, etc, things would have gone a lot slower for attorneys.

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

Hopefully yes. I hope will get a reference letter that accurately reflects the work I did here and that helps with my future career applications.

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

What do you think about those fears now?

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

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

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

Bridging gaps was effective in getting me many internships to choose from and Lucie was a great help.

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

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Helping secure me the best internship.

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

Bridging gaps was effective in getting me many internships to choose from and Lucie was a great help.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

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

Bit expensive but worth it.

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

I wish I had done the Bootstrap program. However, I think as a foreigner I would not have obtained maybe the safest accommodation. Or an accommodation with students that I could spend time with.

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 Law & Policy 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.

Law & Public Policy Internship Programmes

Our law and public policy internships are the perfect opportunity for students and recent graduates to explore their interests and make more informed decisions about the type of law they would like to pursue in their future career. We facilitate law and public policy internships in a variety of legal settings and as an intern you will have the chance to collaborate with clients, government officials and attorneys.

Internship Focus Options:

NGO / Social Justice

Policy

Working with ex prisoners

Attorneys

Law & Public Policy Internship Programmes
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