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Are you eager to make a meaningful community impact–at a global level? economic development interns will benefit from our vast network of local companies and nonprofits that offer a wide range of economic development-related internships. Projects may include evaluating the impact of international cooperation on local development projects, helping to set up a pilot micro-lending program, assessing the impact of community-based interventions, assessing the portfolio-at-risk for microfinance institutions, and developing export strategies for local entrepreneurs.

Microfinance is increasingly regarding as a powerful tool in the struggle to break cycles of poverty and dependence in poor communities around the world. If you have an interest in microfinance internship and have a business or finance background, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the microfinance sector and potentially help build capacity and help build a sustainable economic future for millions of people.

Contact us today to discuss which opportunities best fit your background, skills, and interests. If you’re flexible regarding destination, we can also discuss the differences and help you choose which city is best for you.

  • The Connect-123 International Internship Experience includes:
  • Custom internship placement according to your goals and interests that can also meet your academic requirements
  • Safe, comfortable, affordable housing options

  • Visa advice, airport pickup, comprehensive orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Social events and travel options
  • Option to receive university credit
  • Lifelong alumni network

What our Interns say

The Connect-123 team is fantastic, responding really quickly to emails and questions, helping me find the best and most suited internships, and helping find an accommodation. I interned at a NGO in Buenos Aires giving business classes to small entrepreneurs and supporting them with microcredits. I got the chance, on top of exploring potential future careers, to discover directly the Argentinian culture, history and people. This experience could not have been smoother and as well orchestrated as with Connect 123!

Camille Falezan, Harvard University

Connect-123 is so much more than a typical internship provider. Behind the forms, emails, and website, there are extraordinary people, who foster such a respectful, warm, and genuine culture. Having a resilient and qualified support network is essential for a successful abroad experience, and the staff at Connect-123 are willing to go out of their way for you to reach your goals and happiness. While having a great internship in Cape Town was important to me, the support, flexibility, and hospitality offered by Connect-123’s Cape Town team was seemingly priceless.

Will Hardage, Washington & Lee University

just 3 easy steps to get started:

1. inquire

Complete the form above to tell us which field you're interested in and if there’s a specific destination that interests you most. We'll set up a time to speak with you to learn more about your background and goals so that we can create a plan that's customized for YOU.

2. apply

Complete our application and pay the program fee deposit. Then, our on-the-ground team will contact local organizations on your behalf to find the best-fit opportunities for you. You never have to commit to anything until we find something you love, and your deposit is 100% refundable if you don't receive an offer in your first or second choice field.

3. travel

We’ll send you all the pre-trip information you'll need, meet you at the airport and provide a comprehensive on-site orientation. From weekly events, to career guidance and 24/7 emergency support, we'll be there throughout your trip to ensure you're getting the most out of your experience -- while having the time of your life!


Are these internships paid?

Due to immigration and tax rules, these international internships are unpaid. Instead, we focus our efforts on getting you the most meaningful and challenging work that will fuel your career. Our alumni often report life-changing experiences that help them explore career choices, build their resumes and have extraordinary talking points during job interviews.  When customizing a program for you, we’ll ensure that it’s aligned with your goals and interests and that you’ll receive tangible value.

How can I see what specific internships are available?

We have an ever-changing database of available internships, and are even able to tap our network to find new opportunities based on your specific interests and background. After we receive your application, we’ll reach out to local organizations to find the best-fit opportunities for you. You never have to commit until we find something you love, and your deposit is 100% refundable if you don’t receive an offer in your first or second choice field.

When are the internships available and what are the start dates?

Internships in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Dublin are available year-round, and start dates are customizable to your schedule. Shanghai and Sydney are available for two months only, from June 1 to July 31.

How can I confirm Connect-123’s reputation?

We have been placing students into international internships since 2006, and have placed over 3,000 students. Please check out the economic development internship reviews on our website. University partners include Michigan State University, Ohio University, SUNY, University of Colorado, Drexel University, Rhodes College, Carleton College, Earlham College, Bentley University, Washington & Lee, and King’s College London.

What is the program fee?

For Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Shanghai, and Sydney, our 2020 program fee is $2,850, excluding housing. We ask for a $350 deposit at the time that you apply, and the balance of $2,500 when you confirm your participation. For Barcelona and Dublin, the program fee is €2,850 and the deposit is €350. The program fee is the same for any duration and in addition to the internship placement includes arranging secure accommodation based on your budget and preferences; meeting you at the airport; a complete country information pack to help you prepare for your trip; a comprehensive orientation on arrival; access to Connect-123’s regular social and cultural events; discounts on tourist activities; substantial local support, from providing logistical assistance to career and personal mentoring to hands-on help in case of an emergency. Provided that you do not receive an offer in your first or second choice field, your deposit is fully refundable.

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