A Journey of Growth and Gratitude: My Internship Experience at BHF

By Khulekani Mkwanazi

Embarking on my internship journey with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) as the Events & Production Intern was a dream come true. Under the guidance of my supervisor, Camille Shamburg, I delved into the intricacies of event management and production, specifically focused on the 23rd Annual BHF Conference. Little did I know that this experience would not only shape my professional growth but also leave an indelible mark on my personal journey.
From the outset, I was entrusted with significant responsibilities, including liaising with speakers, organising presentations, and ensuring seamless communication between stakeholders. Despite the pressure, the unwavering support and mentorship from the BHF team kept me motivated and focused on delivering my best.

The highlight of my internship was undoubtedly the opportunity to work on-site at the CTICC during the conference. Meeting esteemed professionals such as Prof Chris Hendriksz, Justice Malala, and Gugulethu Mfuphi was an honor beyond words. Additionally, celebrating my supervisor’s birthday amidst the bustling energy of Cape Town remains a cherished memory.

Throughout my internship, I honed a diverse set of skills, from administrative tasks using platforms like SharePoint to front-end work in setting up Zoom webinars. The exposure to audiovisual technology was particularly enlightening, igniting a newfound interest in this field.

But beyond the acquisition of technical skills, it was the invaluable lessons in networking and interpersonal connections that truly enriched my experience. Engaging with colleagues across departments not only expanded my professional network but also fostered lasting relationships built on mutual respect and camaraderie.

As I bid farewell to my internship at BHF, I am filled with profound gratitude for the opportunities bestowed upon me and the growth I have experienced. The trust placed in me to ensure the success of the conference challenged me to rise to the occasion, and the positive feedback from management reaffirmed the impact of my contributions.
Would I recommend this internship to others? Without hesitation. BHF is not just a workplace; it is a dynamic ecosystem where excellence thrives, and aspirations are nurtured. To future interns, I offer this advice: seize every opportunity with enthusiasm, work diligently, and never underestimate the power of genuine connections.

In closing, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire BHF team, and my fellow interns for their unwavering support and encouragement. This internship has been a transformative journey, and I am grateful for every moment spent learning, growing, and connecting with remarkable individuals.

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