Real stories from real participants, parents and university partners who share their experiences as well as their advice. Learn more about the benefits Connect-123 interns and volunteers receive on our programs around the world!

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Staci Tiedeken

Astronomy Internship | Dublin
University of Iowa
21 November 2017

After graduating college, I wanted to do a bit of traveling but also wanted to maintain a connection with my specialization. This is where Connect-123 came in. I wasn’t expecting them to find something that fit with my area of expertise because it’s not the most studied topic. However, they surprised me with aplacement in a wonderful organization that allowed me to share my passion for astronomy. I will always be grateful for Connect-123’s hard work and dedication on finding me this internship in Dublin. Dublin is a marvelous city with a vibrant atmosphere full of kind-hearted people. It’s difficult to walk down a street and not hear/see someone playing a musical instrument or entertaining passersby in some other way. I didn’t live in the city centre itself, but the public transportation system is very well laid out which made traveling quite easy. The Dublin program coordinator is an absolute gem, and it’s obvious that she cares about your experience abroad from the first day you arrive. If you ever need anything or have an issue pop up, she is incredibly easy to reach and makes sure that you’re able to reach the other interns as well. Thank you to Connect-123 for this stellar experience!

Internships in Dublin

Sophia Nelson

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Drexel University
7 November 2017

Cape Town is an amazing place with an incredible, important history; it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket lists! I was able go on such amazing adventures, including a safari, wine tasting, sky diving, shark cage diving, and beautiful hikes. The city has delicious food, too. I ate at a few different markets and so many cool restaurants, all with unique atmospheres and aesthetics. I got to work with an organization that improves the lives and educations of youth in Africa, which was a great experience, and is something I’m very passionate about. Also, Connect-123 planned these really fun events for everyone in the program to get to know each other. I still keep in touch with the friends I made in Cape Town. Living and working abroad has taught me so many life skills and given me wonderful experiences I will never forget. I know I’m going to be back there soon!

Internships in Cape Town

Valeria Isgro

Law Intern | Dublin
University of Genoa, Italy
5 November 2017

If you are looking for an opportunity to gain life experiences, Dublin is the right place! Thanks to Connect-123, your internship will be absolutely perfect and in line with your expectations. I stayed in Dublin for 2 months from January to March. In the time I was there, I worked in a law firm of solicitors. My main tasks were answering the phone calls, helping clients in need, managing post and email conversations, and attending courts. I was surrounded by competent people, who helped me feel comfortable in and out of the office. Along with an internship in your field, Connect-123 also offers various opportunities to discover Ireland with other people in the program! I recommend this journey to anyone is looking for a memorable learning experience; mine was unforgettable!

Internships in Dublin

Maria Cacciapuoti

Medical Intern | Dublin
University of Virginia
1 November 2017

After graduating college a semester early, I knew I wanted to find an internship experience abroad, but didn’t know where to start. But after finding out about Connect-123, everything fell perfectly into place! Connect-123 was able to place me in an Immunology Lab in the Pathology Department within one of the largest hospital systems in Ireland, and I absolutely loved my experience there. My coworkers were so friendly and welcoming, and I learned about an entire new branch of science with which I hadn’t previously had much exposure. Now, as I apply for medical school back in the US, admissions committees are eager and excited to hear about my opportunity to work in another country’s healthcare system. Connect-123 also helped me find housing in a fantastic area of Dublin with other international students. The people I lived with ended up being my closest friends, and we travelled within Ireland and throughout Europe together. In addition to helping with logistical tasks like job placement and housing, Connect-123 truly made Dublin feel like home during my few months there. My program coordinator was an amazing mentor and friend and went out of her way to make sure all the Connect participants were having fun and experiencing everything Ireland has to offer. She was always just a text or call away when I had any problems or questions, from learning how to use Dublin’s public transportation system to restaurant recommendations and everything in between. We all got together as a group at least weekly to do different activities around Dublin, as well as several day trips to other parts of Ireland. It was incredible to have a group of friends to explore the city with, and I made friends from around the globe who I still keep in contact with to this day. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Dublin or Ireland in general, but I came home from my trip with a deep appreciation and love of Irish culture. I can’t speak highly enough about the hospitality and warm welcome I received from every single Irish person I met. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my experience abroad, and I can’t wait to return to Ireland one day!

Internships in Dublin

Joyce Jamal

Architecture Intern | Barcelona
Lebanese American University
15 October 2017

I definitely keep reminiscing over my time in Barcelona. This will forever be a cherished learning and growing experience for me. And I only have Connect-123 to thank for making it possible! They were always there to help me and answer my questions, as well as reassure me making me constantly feel that I am in safe hands. Connect-123 understands the difficulties a student traveling abroad alone would face, and they made sure to hold several events to introduce me to other students that were also in my shoes. I was able to meet people from places I’ve never visited before and take part in new and exciting activities! As for the internship itself, my gratitude towards this organization is immense. I was given the opportunity to work with very welcoming people that guided, taught and helped me. I was taken seriously and seen as a real co-worker instead of just a “student”. I came back home with an unparalleled knowledge which will definitely assist my career and enrich my CV.

Internships in Barcelona

Jordan Thompson

Hospitality Intern | Barcelona
University of South Carolina
10 October 2017

Connect-123 help to facilitate one of the best summers I’ve ever had. They gifted me with the opportunity to travel and work abroad in the field that I love, all the while learning a new culture. They made sure that my experience was as great as possible, matching me up with an amazing host workplace, continually checking in on me, and always available for tips on how to get adjusted. Honestly I can not thank them enough for the opportunity!

Internships in Barcelona

Alina Bosa

Cancer Research Intern | Dublin
The University of British Columbia, Canada
7 October 2017

My summer internship in Dublin with Connect-123 was one of the most rewarding experiences I have encountered. I had the opportunity to work hands on at a hospital aiding in the research of gynaecological cancers. The staff of Connect-123 welcomed me as soon as I arrived and ensured that my experience in Dublin was one to remember by hosting numerous actives and different adventures throughout the summer, as well as answering any questions that I had. It was a great experience having the opportunity to work in a different country and making life-long friends along the way. I highly recommend Connect-123 to those who are interested in learning abroad and who also want to travel while doing so.

Internships in Dublin

Meredith Kahan

Education Intern | Dublin
Sherwood High School
4 October 2017

Going to Ireland was such an amazing experience for me and doing it through Connect-123 made it even better. Connect-123 made it possible for me to make friends and travel while I visited Ireland. Our program coordinator met me on my second day of being in Ireland and explained to me how to get around Dublin, using the public transportation system, how to get to my internship, and the plans for the group's next few months in Dublin. She planned amazing trips for us including a weekend in Galway, a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, and a tour through Giants Causeway. Having Connect-123's help during my time abroad gave me a base to pose questions to and a person I knew I could lean on for anything while I was away from home. My internship was through an afterschool center for kids to play and get their energy out before the end of the day. While I was working there I learned to become more patient and understanding. I also strengthened my communication and problem-solving skills because I had to help kids understand why they could not do something like throw a ball at another child. I will always remember my time in Ireland and I can truly say that my internship made it so much better.

Internships in Dublin

Maggie Schmitt

Play Therapy Intern | Dublin
Mount Holyoke College
3 October 2017

I recently spent six weeks in Dublin, Ireland working in an amazing internship that Connect-123 set up for me. Not only did they help me get the internship and all travel/living arrangements in order, but they have an AWESOME coordinator in Dublin who is there to help. Through Connect-123 I was able to have cool new experiences and meet people from all over the world. I can't think of a better way that I could have gotten internship experience in the beautiful country of Ireland. I had an incredible trip and I learned a lot! I would 100% tell you to use this program!

Internships in Dublin

Jincheng (George) Zhang

Finance Intern | Shanghai
Georgetown University
30 September 2017

I had an incredible internship experience with Connect-123 in Shanghai. As a finance major student, I was able to leverage the platform Connect-123 provided to work in an elite boutique investment bank. I enjoyed this investment banking internship experience, as the assignments and projects I worked on were both challenging and exciting. I was given a lot of responsibilities in assisting my supervisor in analyzing various industries and I had opportunities to attend meetings with top executives from some of the largest companies. I am grateful for this meaningful experience. It provided me such an important foundation for my future career endeavor. Besides work, Connect-123’s program coordinators are super friendly and helpful. They provided us guidance on everything we needed and arranged us for lots of fun activities over the course of the internships. I strongly recommend students to leverage this unique internship platform to advance their careers and studies.

Internships in Shanghai

Abdallah Haq

Supply Chain Management Intern | Dublin
University of Texas at Dallas
29 September 2017

The summer I spent in Ireland was easily the best time of my life, thanks to the Connect-123 team. I was simply expecting them to match me up with an internship and then take a backseat, but the they remained involved in the program throughout the summer. Thanks to my program coordinators, I saw parts of Ireland and experienced the culture in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. From stunning coastal hikes to the mesmerizing Irish countryside, they knew exactly the right spots to show us the spirit of Ireland. Their knowledge of Dublin was truly indispensable in things like finding the best places to eat and mapping the fastest route to work. Regarding the internship, I gained considerable experience in my field that has been beneficial in helping me focus on a specific career path in my industry. Thanks to working in a very nurturing environment, I was never hesitant to suggest innovative ideas and try things my way, which enabled me to grow both professionally and personally.

Internships in Dublin

Joshua Dowds

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
Lees-McRae College
27 September 2017

My internship and overall experience working at a leading hospital in Cape Town has left me with memories and friends that I will have for a lifetime. I came into the internship on the fence of what I wanted to pursue career-wise and with little medical experience. After working with the doctors at the hospital I can honestly say I left knowing what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. I was given the opportunity to have many one-on-one conversations with both the patients and doctors during clinical and ward rounds. I was responsible for many tasks, such as running blood work, booking x-rays, completing admittance and discharge sheets, and updating the patients' results. The doctors were all very hands-on throughout my time there, getting us engaged and answering all of our questions. Outside of the hospital, my experience was equally as great. Having weekends off gave us plenty of time to really explore Cape Town and our program coordinators always had an activity for us to do. Whether we were shark cage diving, paragliding, enjoying the local restaurants and wine, or sandboarding, our tight-knit group of friends really took advantage of our time in the country. I hope to one day have the opportunity to go back and see the beautiful city of Cape Town again. Thank you Connect-123 for this unforgettable experience.

Internships in Cape Town

Krisi Cobani

Fashion & Business Intern | Barcelona
SUNY at Oneonta
27 September 2017

My adventure of living in Barcelona this past summer is something that will stick with me forever. I’ve never grown so much in so little time both professionally and personally. I am extremely grateful to Connect- 123 for being so easy to work with and making my growth possible. For my internship, I was a trade marketing intern for an amazing nontraditional bridal firm where I got to explore if a career in the business side of fashion was what I wanted to do after graduation. Connect-123 did an awesome job of pairing me with them because it was everything I wanted! I was tasked with exploring the US market for them to expand into. I researched the current bridal market, got to see who the top competitors would be, and figure out the best way to introduce them to the target customers in the States. My favorite part of my internship was setting up photoshoots with influencers in the fashion industry like bloggers. My amazing boss gave me creative control when organizing the shoot and I was able to be as creative as I wanted and put my own twist on the shoots. This internship exposed me to so much! I learned so much about all the work that went into making sustainably responsible apparel brand successful. Getting to live in a new culture and exploring a foreign land was truly the best part of my experience abroad. I was able to get lost down whimsical streets of the Gothic Quarter, find new mountains to hike up (where I got the chance to meet a boar), and constantly have my breath taken away by all the beauty and history that wrapped the city. I met so many amazing people from all over and everyone had something new to teach you; it was truly a growing experience. Connect- 123 was amazing through every step of the processes, from finding a place to stay last minute and organizing fun excursions to checking up on me making sure everything was going well. Going to Barcelona has definitely been one of the best experiences I’ve had thus far, and I’m grateful to Connect-123 and their amazing staff for providing me with the opportunity. If you are on the fence about going abroad, just do it. I promise it’ll be an experience you’ll treasure!

Internships in Barcelona

Mahanna Elsheik

Public Health Intern | Dublin
University of Debrecen, Hungary
25 September 2017

I interned for 7 weeks working in the research department of an organization that focuses on suicide and self0harm prevention. Seven weeks felt like 7 days. I had a wonderful time and it was an extremely fruitful experience; I learned so much! Everyone working there was so kind, friendly, and funny and made me feel very welcomed. My last day was a lot more emotional than I ever thought it would be, it was hard saying my goodbyes- a sign of a great experience and even greater people. Dublin is a beautiful city with so much to do and see. Exploring the city and towns nearby was so much fun and I definitely plan on coming back and exploring Ireland even more. Huge thanks to the Connect-123 team's time and efforts spent answering all my questions and for their patience during the application process. Fun events, hangouts, and tours were organized for the C-123 members and our program coordinator gave us suggestions on what to do/where to go during the bank holidays and weekends. She was extremely helpful and checked up on us frequently and was always there to answer any questions we had no matter how silly they were. It’s truly been a wonderful summer. I met awesome people and made great friendships. I'm very thankful for the experience and the memories that came with it! Thank you Connect-123 !

Internships in Dublin

Emily Seibel

Child Life Intern | Cape Town
East Carolina University
22 September 2017

Spending a month in Cape Town has changed my life and reassured me that my career choice in Child Life is the right one for me. Connect-123 provided us with opportunities and information to build relationships in the community, in professional settings, and with the other Connect-123 interns. Cape Town is a beautiful city, from the spectacularly rigid surface of Table Mountain to the perfectly sweet children I worked with. Working at the children’s hospital taught me more than I ever thought possible about myself and intercultural communication. Many of the children I interacted with did not know a word of English but we were still able to interact and have fun, reinforcing a staple concept of Child Life: play is universal. I was provided with a number of opportunities to challenge myself as well as practice my strengths while working in the hospital. From coloring with the younger kids, to reading young adult novels to the middle schoolers, I was able to implement Child Life concepts into my work. It truly is remarkable what my internship director, my fellow program members, and Connect-123 packed into just 30 days. Strangers quickly turned into friends and adventure buddies, and staff became role models. This experience is one that will forever be written on my heart and I will forever be thankful for my jam-packed, yet short, month in Cape Town!

Internships in Cape Town

Treasure Inyang

Medical Intern | Cape Town
King's College London
11 September 2017

For 2 months, I had the wonderful experience of working in a day hospital in Cape Town. The staff at the hospital were very welcoming and accommodating to any of our needs. They really included us in the day to day running of the hospital and I’m happy that I was able to contribute in the little way I could. It was a very hands on internship and I was able to gain clinical experience which would have been a lot harder to get in the UK. I’m very grateful to all the clinical staff at the hospital and also the Connect organisers for being so warm and checking in with us regularly. Cape Town is such a beautiful city and I hope to visit again very soon! Thank you so much for all your help and making this experience so memorable!

Internships in Cape Town

Ioana Moldovan

Healthcare Intern | Buenos Aires
Boston University
7 September 2017

Having had the experience of studying abroad for four months in Spain, my unease for an adventure in Buenos Aires did not come from lacking language skills. Instead, I feared feeling lonely and out of place, both in the city and in the public hospital where I completed my internship. Truth be told, I did struggle at the beginning because the weather conditions were not short of depressing, which made it difficult to start exploring the city. Shortly after I started my internship, however, I met other program participants at social events and the hospital where I interned. During my time in this hospital, which focuses on care for mothers and children, I rotated among specialties such as obstetrics, pediatrics, and neonatology. The residents became my friends and the doctors took me under their wing, making sure that I understood the medical terminology and the procedures involved in patient treatment. My time in Buenos Aires was filled with close friendships, adventures in the city, and it concluded with a confirmation of my desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Internships in Buenos Aires

Jack Herstam

Marketing Intern | Cape Town
Santa Clara University
4 September 2017

My internship has been a bit different than what I expected. There has not been much direction in terms of how I am supposed to organize the event, which is not a bad thing. My supervisor simply instructed me to “go crazy” with sponsors, advertisement, and endorsements. It was difficult making connections and networking in a city that is completely unknown to me, but the challenge has been rewarding. I have found many individuals who are willing to support the company's work in reducing homelessness, gangsterism, and incarceration by making contributions to my efforts. I have also learned to communicate a non-profit business model, something I had no prior experience with. My program coordination in Cape Town has been nothing short of fantastic. I have two coordinators who work with me. Both are natives of South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg). They have been wonderful, providing enough guidance to see me through my first days while giving me the space to grow and discover on my own. They have planned social events with other students in this summer’s group on a weekly basis, from cooking events to countryside expeditions. I have been so fortunate to find friends here, both in my program and outside of it, who I believe will be comrades long after our time here is complete

Internships in Cape Town

Kiara McAllister

Education Volunteer | Barcelona
Nassau Community College
30 August 2017

There are not enough words to describe my experience in Barcelona with Connect-123. They were so helpful through my whole life changing journey. They first helped me find the volunteer program I was going to choose and from then on they were so quick to respond to any questions I had. All my emails were answered and they also provided transportation from the airport to my apartment which was so helpful. They found me different locations to stay in Barcelona and had many different options. Everything they arranged was so easy. Without Connect-123, I wouldn't have been able to have the amazing time I had in Spain. I entered my volunteer placement nervous and ended it being happier than ever to share my life with them! Thank you to everyone at Connect-123 for helping me achieve my future goals!

Volunteer in Barcelona

Brielle Johnson

Nursing Intern | Cape Town
Northeastern University
29 August 2017

Interning at an orthopedic hospital in Cape Town was one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences of my life so far. As a nursing student, it provided me with a deeper understanding of the culture and healthcare system in South Africa, and at the same time I could explore my passion for pediatric nursing. The nurses and doctors alike were all extremely kind and helpful, and allowed you to get up close to any surgeries and procedures that were happening; they would let you help out with essentially anything you were comfortable with. Connect-123 was incredibly helpful with organizing housing, as well as planning events to help you get familiar with the city. There are endless adventures to be had in Cape Town, and my weekends were packed full thanks to the information provided by Connect-123. Being able to live and volunteer in a city as beautiful and diverse as Cape Town will be an experience that I will carry with me for a lifetime.

Internships in Cape Town