Intern & volunteer in
extraordinary cities around the world

How it works

Why Connect-123?

Customized Opportunities

Your internship or volunteer experience will be tailored to your goals.

Flexible Dates

We work around your schedule; you decide your start date and duration.

Eleven Years of Experience

We’ve helped thousands of participants have seamless transitions abroad.

Explore our destinations

Volunteer Intern Barcelona
Volunteer Intern Buenos Aires
Volunteer Intern Cape Town
Volunteer Intern Shanghai

This summer I had the opportunity to intern in Shanghai, China, which provided me with one of the wildest summers I’ll ever have. I spent my time interning at a small consulting firm downtown in the city. There, I was provided with a range of tasks that not only had me testing my business savvy (like reviewing financial reports and projecting cash flows), but also had me learn a variety of new things including Chinese GAAP and Tax laws, regular business facilitations, and a whole lot of Mandarin.

Business Intern , Rhodes College

By going through Connect-123, I was in good hands; the organization had a genuine concern for my safety and well being and I trusted them to have my best interests in mind.

Environment and Sustainability Intern, University of Hawaii

Connect-123 was there every step of the way from beginning to end, always available to help when needed, and making sure each person’s internship is what he or she hoped it would be. I have met amazing people, made once in a lifetime memories, and absolutely fell in love with Cape Town.

Communications Intern, Michigan State University

Connect-123 is an awesome resource for students who want an international internship experience to boost their resumes and confirm their career aspirations, before applying for jobs or graduate schools.

Medical Research Intern, Arcadia University

Connect-123 went above and beyond to get me this internship and without exaggerating, it has been one of the best experiences in my life! If you're looking for a great way to live abroad, gain unmatched work experience, and have the time of your life, this program is for you.

Public Health Intern, CUNY - Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society

Not only was I given the chance to assist with research, but I got to shadow a well-known doctor at the hospital and observe what he does every day. I got to see up close how he stayed calm and handled stressful situations, how he interacted with each patient on a personal level, and how he genuinely cared about giving every person the best possible care. This taught me a lot about the kind of doctor I want to be someday, and I will never forget the experience.

Health Care Intern, University of Arizona

I would not have had the same experience without Connect-123. My internship coordinator made sure that I had everything I needed and continues to be a great friend even after I left Cape Town. I can say the same about everyone I met through Connect-123. Interning through Connect-123 prepared me for my dreams of living abroad. In fact, I will soon be independently returning to Cape Town to continue my internship, but for an extended period of 5 to 6 months. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity and I highly recommend that you try it too.

Environmental Law Intern, Michigan State University

I went into this experience unaware of what living in Cape Town would entail. I assumed it would be a good time, as did my roommates and other friends I met along the way, but I don’t think any of us had a clear idea of what to expect when travelling to South Africa. Despite this, working and living in Cape Town turned out to be two of the most adventurous and rewarding months of my life. And that is not just a personal memoir, but also a repeated statement one hears from nearly everyone they meet while being a member of Connect-123.

Communications Intern, Rhodes College

As a first-year college student with no true medical experience, I thought finding an internship in the health field would be extremely difficult, but thanks to Connect, I was able to intern in the Play Therapy Department at a local children's hospital. The internship itself was amazing; I had the opportunity to increase my confidence in my communication skills and to learn more about the different methods in which to interact with children and stimulate their emotional growth.

Play Therapy Intern, University of California at Berkeley

Interning abroad in Dublin taught me more than I ever thought or hoped going into the experience. Not only did I learn so many new things about my field in social work at my internship, but I learned a lot about myself and many other cultures. I got the opport...

Social Work Intern, South College

Before going to Buenos Aires, I had two main goals: to do well at my placement and improve my Spanish. After 3.5 months in Buenos Aires, I was able to accomplish those two goals and a whole lot more. My placement in a rehabilitation clinic allowed me to work a...

Health care Intern, Northeastern University

The staff of Connect-123 really go out of their way to set you up with an internship that meets your desires and are very helpful. From day one upon your arrival, they make sure that you are comfortable and are immersed in your new home.

Business Intern, Rollins College

"We are a constant experiment with unpredictable results". This sentence is from the design agency where I did my internship and describes exactly how my six months in Barcelona was. I was given a lot of responsibilities, attended meetings with clients, events...

Marketing Intern, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Brazil

My internship experience in Cape Town was the best five months of my life. As a nursing student, I worked in a pediatric orthopedic hospital and learned more than I thought possible. I was able to work with the children and learn nursing skills in the wards. A...

Health Care Intern, Northeastern University

After graduating college, I knew that I wanted to travel and gain more life and work experience before finding a full time job. I’ve done a lot of traveling but chose Cape Town because it seemed so different from everywhere else I’ve been.Connect-123 h...

Human Rights Intern, University of Texas at Austin

I took part in the Connect-123 Barcelona Internship Program for two months in order to have an immersive internship experience that would inform my career path, give me a true work experience, and allow me to practice my Spanish in a city that I love dearly ...

Business Intern, University of Chicago

This past summer I was a social media and marketing intern at a shoe company that produces hand-made espadrilles. We were a small team of 3, but it was a great way for me to get some hands-on experience and really connect with my two bosses. They were the most...

Marketing Intern, University of Southern California

It is not an exaggeration to say that spending time in Cape Town was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I could never have imagined the amount of perspective that I would gain in my two and a half months in South Africa. In addition to being a fa...

Human Rights Intern, Michigan State University

Throughout my college career, I always told myself that I would do something exciting and adventurous that would also contribute to my education, but it took getting dangerously close to my graduation date for me to actually take the plunge. And now that I hav...

Education Intern, University of Texas at Dallas

Whether it was the people, the place, or the food my time in Shanghai was nothing short of enchanting and exciting. No matter the time, place, or day I knew that I could always do something new. Shanghai for me was an indescribable experience that mesmerized m...

Law Intern, Rhodes College

I had a fantastic opportunity to intern with a Sustainability firm in Shanghai for three months. It was a great experience for me in terms of the knowledge and professional skills I obtained, people I met and new environment I discovered. I am sure this intern...

Business Intern, Moscow State University

The education internship I was assigned to involved assisting primary school students with English conversational skills and secondary school students with Biology and Environmental Management lessons. It certainly allowed me to gain insights on the Argentinia...

Education Intern , National University of Singapore

I have enjoyed my internship working at a foster home in Shanghai. I was always fond of babies but didn’t actually have too much experience with them prior to this internship. During the 2 months spent working with them, I have grown to be very attached and ...

Healthcare Volunteer, Northeastern University

Featured Programs

Cape Town
innovation
Experienceship

learn & practice the most important professional skills for the job market of tomorrow. in 4 weeks. in cape town.