Isabella AlvarezCommunications Intern | Cape Town
I interned in Cape Town the summer after I graduated from college, and I could not be happier about my decision of going to South Africa, and postponing the job hunting. While I was in Cape Town, I learned more about myself, became friends with people from all over the world, and immersed myself in a country with a complex history — an experience I believe everyone should have before jumping into a full-time job.
To put things in perspective, I befriended a local family who taught me the ins and outs of Cape Town, and who provided me with a firsthand perspective of South Africa’s history and culture. Two of my closest friends there also happened to be British, allowing me to better understand the culture of the UK without having to go there. While in South Africa, I abseiled down Table Mountain and traveled through its Garden Route where we took part in an elephant encounter and crept through some caves. I went on a safari in Kruger, and even had the opportunity of exploring the country’s neighbor, Namibia. In all, I had an amazing time and feel fortunate to have such good memories of the summer after I graduated from university.
Connect-123 is unique because you also gain a unique outlook in regards to the country’s work culture. I interned at a startup, an experience I absolutely loved! My supervisor allowed me to take plenty of initiative, and I found myself creating a variety of projects for them. During my interviews today, this experience is always a talking point, and I feel better prepared to take on a full time job.
Before deciding on going, I constantly thought about how I should have already gone abroad, and about how I was pushing back on two months in which I could already be working. I took a step back though, and realized that in the scheme of things, two months is really not a lot — especially since those two months would provide me with memories and lessons that would last me a lifetime. If you are having these same kinds of doubts, my advice to you is to just go. You’ll be glad you did.
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Donald LeCompteCommunications intern | Cape Town
Washington and Lee University
18 July 2018
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Kiera CollinsCommunications Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University
1 May 2017
I decided to intern abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for my last semester as an undergraduate, and I can honestly say it was a decision that has forever changed my life, in the best way possible. I came to South Africa with high hopes and my experience has far surpassed them! From waking up to the most beautiful view every single day just out my bedroom window to walking...
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10 August 2016
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...
Tatiana BaezCommunications Intern | Cape Town
5 January 2015
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Marie KoehlerMarketing & Communications Intern | Cape Town
10 September 2014
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Erica MoserMarketing Intern | Cape Town
30 July 2014
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Shelby MoranCommunications and PR Intern | Cape Town
University of Southern California
30 August 2013
I couldn't have asked for a more rewarding experience in Cape Town - and a lot of it is thanks to Connect-123 and my host organization. Between the two, I feel like I learned to know the city and understand it's unique perspective, both culturally and professionally. Connect-123 did a great job at encouraging program participants to get out of their apartments and experience they city - whether that be...
Allyson FlakCommunications Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University
8 December 2012
My experience is Cape Town has been an incredible one. Connect-123 is not only concerned with finding you an internship, but working with you the whole way through to make sure you are comfortable and meeting all of your goals. Connect-123 not only provides support and an introduction to the working world, but also helps with adjustment to a new culture and big city life. My host organisation not only...
Emily BunnEvents Management Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University
13 September 2012
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Ashleigh LovettePublic Relations Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University
16 January 2012
Coming back from a summer in Cape Town, South Africa was full of bittersweet moments. My summer, or winter in South Africa, was more than words and more than photos. It was filled with real moments with real people that, thanks to Connect-123, I will never forget. Upon return, I told my co-workers about my internship, where I helped plan an event, wrote press releases, and designed publications to be...
Ben AdamsCommunications Intern | Cape Town
Ohio State University
5 January 2012
I came to Cape Town in the summer of 2011 with high expectations. Thanks largely to the helpful staff at Connect-123, my expectations were easily matched and surpassed. The Connect-123 team was able to place me in an internship that allowed me to grow professionally. I was given plenty of responsibility and enjoyed going to work each day. I now feel more confident and prepared to search for jobs and...
Sarah PlumbMarketing Intern | Cape Town
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Audrianna SibiskiPR Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University graduate
11 January 2011
Connect-123 made my experience in Cape Town phenomenal! I cannot thank Gabby and the rest of the Connect staff enough for providing me with such an amazing opportunity. Connect-123 was there every step of the way from arranging a ride from the airport to accompanying me on the first day of my internship. Connect-123 staff and interns become the family you left at home and the best friends you acquire...
Zahra NealyPublic Relations Intern | Cape Town
University of Southern California
3 January 2011
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Christian TaborCommunications Intern | Cape Town
21 October 2010
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Simone StephensonJournalism Internship | Cape Town
5 August 2007
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Elizabeth FialaJournalism Internship | Cape Town
The American University of Paris
31 July 2007
The two months I spent in Cape Town, South Africa were by far the best two months of my life. I had a wonderful internship, superb housing, and incredible roommates. I met some amazing people while I was there and gained invaluable work skills and knowledge that can be applied towards my career in the future. Not to mention the social life that Connect-123 hooks you up with! I highly...
Richard GloverJournalism Internship | Cape Town
University of West England, Bristol
20 April 2007
Being thrown in at the deep end with the newspaper was the best possible way for me to start my journalism internship in Cape Town as it gave me an insight into a part of the city that very few people, even locals, know about. In terms of my goals, I’ve always wanted to write for newspapers, get decent experience of the world of newspaper journalism and have a good...
Jessica BorekJournalism Internship | Cape Town
George Washington University
11 October 2006
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Silvia CarlPublishing Internship | Cape Town
University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart
25 September 2006
My two months in Cape Town was an amazing time! The Connect-123 staff were really helpful and made me feel welcome throughout my time here. To know I could call them at anytime to ask for anything made me feel safe, welcome and never alone being far from home. Choosing Connect-123 to do an internship in South Africa was a great decision!
Marina CardonaJournalism Internship | Cape Town
University of Notre Dame
24 July 2006
Connect-123 gives you the most personalized attention and treatment you can get ever! From matching you up with a great internship, to finding you the ideal housing arrangement, to making your stay in beautiful Cape Town fun and enjoyable, Connect-123’s internship program was perfect. My accomodation was excellent, very comfortable and spacious, and located very close to the city centre and to my internship office on a very quiet and...
Catherine EllisJournalism Internship | Cape Town
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2 May 2006
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