What is the difference between an internship program and a volunteer program?
Are start dates and durations flexible?
How can I confirm Connect-123’s reputation?
To date, we have worked with students from over 300 universities and have partnerships with a number of US-based universities, including Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, Ohio University and Bentley University. In addition, we are one of the University of Cape Town’s select local partners.
What is the average age of program participants?
Can I earn academic credit?
How can I find Connect-123 participants and alumni?
What benefits do you offer to Connect-123 alumni?
How does Connect-123 compare to other placement organizations?
1) Do you require reference letters? Reference letters are the key to impressing local organizations and getting offered “real” positions. If you were a supervisor at a local organization, wouldn’t you want to read references before making a decision about an international applicant? If you’re not being asked for reference letters, you might question the extent to which the local organization values the work that they are asking you to do. As part of our application process, we require two reference letters.
2) Can we have a conversation before I apply?
If the organization wants to speak with you prior to applying, it’s a good sign that they care about your motivations and goals related to the experience. If they instead require an application form and deposit prior to speaking with you, they might be more interested in “making a sale” than in ensuring that their program is the best fit for you. As a first step, we always recommend speaking with one of our Program Coordinators in the country where you want to go, learning more about what we can offer, and then deciding if we’re a good fit for each other. To schedule a call with a local Connect-123 Program Coordinator, please Contact Us.
3) Is the deposit refundable?
Most organizations require a non-refundable deposit, which they justify by pointing to the amount of work required to put together an internship or volunteer work placement. Connect-123's policy is different: provided that you have not approved a placement, your deposit is fully refundable up until two weeks after we send the first placement offer to you, no questions asked. We invest time and effort in understanding your requirements and are confident that the results will be to your satisfaction.
4) Do you have academic partnerships? Understandably, when selecting partners, universities put placement organizations through a detailed (sometimes grueling!) due diligence process. Make sure that any placement organization you contact has passed the test and has direct university ties. Connect-123 has worked with students from over 300 unversities and has a number of formal university partnerships. We also have direct relationships with scores of career center advisors, study abroad directors and professors.