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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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Adam Dwyer

Architecture Intern | Dublin
Harvard University
9 January 2019

My experience with Connect-123 and the internship I had in Dublin was nothing but phenomenal. The relationships I made with fellow interns and my coordinator Rosie were spectacular, and the memories I have will remain with me for the rest of my life. From the moment I met Rosie at the Spire on O'Connell Street to when I departed Ireland, I felt welcome and supported by the Connect-123 team. Between weekly sponsored events to bring us all together and a sense of inclusivity provided by Rosie with all of us interns, there was never a moment where I felt alone in Ireland. This feeling allowed me to fully appreciate living abroad and experience everything Ireland and Europe had to offer. Therefore, I am eternally grateful to the Connect-123 team for making Ireland a second home for me for the two months I was there.
As for my architecture internship, my experience far exceeded anything I could have hoped for. When I pictured an internship at an architecture firm as a high school graduate without a professional degree or education, I figured I would be folding plans and cataloging projects -- office work rather than project work. However, the experience I had couldn't have been farther from this notion. I was treated as a General Architect, which meant I worked on current projects for real clients and had the creative freedom to add to the designs based on my own experiences and knowledge of architecture. My boss and my coworker were extremely supportive of me, teaching me how to use ArchiCad and the logistics of working in an architecture firm in Ireland. It was an amazing opportunity to be given the tools to expand my knowledge of architecture, and my future architectural education will be greatly benefited by the diverse and immersive experiences I had. As such, I could not have hoped for a better internship experience while in Ireland, which I am immensely thankful to Connect-123 for giving me such an opportunity.
Coming into my gap year before heading off to Harvard University in the fall of 2019, I had no idea of what to do during my year off from school. Working with Connect-123 gave me focus and the ability to achieve the goals I had for my gap year. Without working with Connect-123 I am sure I would not have had the ability to travel across Ireland, learning more about my Irish heritage, nor the ability to travel in my time off from work to various European countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Such experiences and memories will live with me forever. Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about Connect-123 and how they work with their interns, and the experiences I had while in Ireland. Thank you for allowing me to have such an amazing experience!

Internships in Dublin

Crystal Collazo-DeLeon

Youth Development Intern | Barcelona
Drexel University
9 January 2019

The three months I spent in Barcelona were some of the best and most rewarding months of my life! Initially, the thought of living in a foreign place for such a long period of time was unsettling. The unknown scared me, but Connect-123 made me feel like I wasn’t alone and so it became easier to dive into this journey. I’m so happy I did, too, because since day one it was an unforgettable experience. Through the help Connect-123 provided with finding housing, I was able to meet incredible and diverse individuals who later became some of the best friends I’ve ever made; we shared many amazing memories together that I will treasure forever. The opportunity that Connect-123 assisted me in finding was more rewarding than I could have imagined it would be. My work allowed me the freedom to learn a lot about myself and my skills, meanwhile providing me with sufficient guidance to gain the most out of my time there. I ran skills courses for adults and worked with a team who ran the youth programs. Through my work, I became sure of the fact that I want to work with kids in the future, which is crucial to how I'm going to plan my future studies. I faced my fears and realized what I'm capable of: overall, I came back home with an overwhelming sensation of gratitude and with great new memories.

Internships in Barcelona

Catherine Radford

Child Life Program | Cape Town
Texas Woman's University
22 November 2018

My Child Life Practicum experience in Cape Town, South Africa was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I started my adventure to Cape Town by myself, did not know a single person in the Child Life program, and said yes to living in a country I had never been to before. It sounded crazy, but if you ever get this type of opportunity for yourself, DO IT! My overall experience was incredible, challenging, humbling, joyful, pushed me out of comfort zones, and continued to deepen my passion and love to become a Child Life Specialist. My time here allowed me to support, educate, and advocate for children and families as they coped with their hospital experience in ways I would have never dreamed of being able to! The skill sets provided by the program were beneficial to both my professional and educational career. My experience allowed me to gain a cultural understanding of play as a universal language, learn to break down barriers, adapt to another cultures healthcare system, and witness coursework come to life during daily engagements. Cape Town gave me the opportunity to love and be loved by each and every child, family, staff member, and new friend I met, while also getting to do what I love. I am forever thankful for the ways I was able to learn and grow in South Africa, but most of all I am thankful for all the people who shared their heart and home with me.

Internships in Cape Town

Malwina Motyl

Animal Science & Veterinary Intern | Dublin
European School of Luxemburg
11 July 2018

I spent five fantastic weeks working with animals at my internship in Dublin. In the future I want to become a vet, therefore I wanted to spend my summer working with animals and gaining experience in animal behavior and veterinary medicine. Apart from walking dogs and petting cats, I had the opportunity to assist in surgeries and observe the work of a veterinarian during the examination of animals in the veterinary clinic. My host organization has loads of different areas such as the cattery, rehoming kennels, rehabilitation center and veterinary clinics so it’s a perfect place for everyone who loves animals. Connect-123 found a perfect place for me where I could work and gain experience but also enjoy every week of my summer holidays. The same day when I arrived, I met wonderful people and we had a great time together. I will always remember my first day in Dublin when, with my new friends, we went all together to a parade in town. It was one of the best moments that I experienced during my internship. My coordinators were really helpful during my stay. It was the first time that I left home for such a long time and at the beginning, I was scared that I won’t be able to live on my own in a completely new city. But thanks to Nikki and Rosie I didn’t encounter any problems, but I’m sure that if there was one, they would solve it immediately. I’m really glad that I met them and many other interns who were also really helpful during my internship. It was an unforgettable experience which I will remember forever.

							                        

Internships in Dublin

Jace Grissom

Human Rights Intern | Shanghai
Earlham College
4 August 2018

Shanghai is a vibrant, fast-paced, and progressive city. My summer internship in Shanghai provided me with an endless stream of opportunity and experiences that allowed me to grow in my professional and personal goals. Working at a startup, I was given a lot of responsibility as an intern that challenged me to learn new skills and problem solve independently of reporting to a supervisor. Through my internship experience, I gained in my professional and social immersion experience by being exposed to a new LGBTQIA+ community in Shanghai in my work and my free time. Most of my days were spent in the office, but I also had the opportunity to attend social events hosted by my company at night and on the weekends.

Internships in Shanghai

Catherine Kozuch

Sustainable Development Intern | Buenos Aires
Case Western Reserve University
4 August 2018

My time in Buenos Aires was an experience I'll never forget! I didn't know what to expect, as I had never been to South America, but the city is amazing. You'll never be bored with the city, you could do something new every day for two months and you wouldn't run out of things to do. Whether that be strolling el Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays, checking out the art at The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, finding out where to get the best empanadas, or heading down to play foosball at Jobs Bar with your friends, there's something for everyone!
The Connect-123 team was incredibly helpful and supportive the entire way, they went above and beyond to make sure everything was running smoothly and to make sure I was comfortable. Aside from that, they organize events so that you can meet everyone else who's in Buenos Aires through Connect-123. I ended up meeting some amazing people, some of whom became some of my closest friends and doing most of everything with them.
As for my environmental sustainability internship, it was amazing to work with an environmental NGO. All of the employees were Argentinean, so it was a great way to meet people who weren't American and talk to them about Argentina and how things are in Buenos Aires. The NGO that I worked with worked alongside with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, so we could go around to offices, evaluate how they're running, and then create a report for them on how to get certified either bronze, silver, gold, or diamond in sustainability. From that report, they could either choose to do follow the recommendations on their own, or hire us to put those recommendations in action ourselves.
My favorite part, personally, was working with the schools! We would go to schools throughout Buenos Aires, from elementary to high schools, and from public to private schools, in order to give environmental workshops. We would come in and, especially with the little kids, have them do interactive activities in which they learned how to recycle properly, or how to save water in their own home. With the older kids, we would introduce more complex topics such as climate change and water/air pollution. It was great to help throughout the city both in getting buildings to utilize more sustainable practices, and spreading environmental education awareness! All in all, I would definitely recommend coming here!

Internships in Buenos Aires

Meaghan Kincaid

Marketing & PR Intern | Barcelona
SUNY at Oneonta
4 August 2018

I chose to do a marketing internship in Barcelona, Spain this past summer. I was in contact with Lea Levy, who facilitated my internship. I could not have been happier with the placement she found me, at a coworking space on the port near Barceloneta. I wouldn’t have traded my internship experience for anything. Running the company’s social media platforms and blog section has shown me how marketing and public relations is executed internally. I met some of the most amazing individuals at my internship who have become some of my closest friends. Realizing there are people all over the world who you have more in common with than people from your hometown is an incredible feeling. I shared an apartment with a girl from Colorado, Brynna. We ended up traveling all over Europe together. We visited Prague, Portugal, France, and Italy. When we were in Barcelona one of my favorite experiences was the paella cooking class that Connect-123 held for us. We had sangria and some delicious paella. Overall, this experience was something I am so grateful I was able to do. Being a part of Connect-123 was comforting, especially in the beginning when you are on your own in another country. They held dinners and snacks on the beach where we were able to meet others in the program. If I could go back and relive this again, I would in a heartbeat!

Internships in Barcelona

Yi Liang Jiang

Pharmacology Intern | Dublin
Bristol University
4 August 2018

I completed my pharmacology internship at a hospital in Dublin. I worked in an immunology lab, where I learned how to operate centrifuge, Phadia 250 and QuantaLyser. The colleagues and chief scientist were welcoming and patient. Thanks to my summer internship, I gained knowledge of many crucial laboratory skills such as preparing coverslips and writing audits. Connect-123 not only made sure that we worked in a safe and professional environment but also filled our free time with exciting adventures and good food!

Internships in Dublin

Kolleen Jabbour

Law Intern | Barcelona
Concordia College
4 August 2018

My experience with Connect-123 was one of the best things that ever happened to me! At first, I was super stressed and hesitant to go to another continent and to work in a city that I’ve only seen in pictures and movies. I was nervous to be in a place where I know absolutely no one. However, Connect-123 facilitated things for me and guided me through every step of my journey. Indeed, Connect-123 found me the job that I was looking for and always comforted me when I was feeling anxious. It was so easy to socialize with the coordinators of the program, they went above and beyond to make people feel welcomed and to assure that they have a great time in the city they would organize all sorts of activities and inform us on the events happening in the city! I spent two months working in an immigration law firm. I became comfortable with everyone I was working with and they were all there if I needed help or if I had any questions about work, the city or anything! Indeed, I feel like I found a new family, I built great relationships with my coworkers and found a place that I could call my second home. It was an experience of a lifetime. I loved my stay in Barcelona to the point where I was considering living there. Barcelona will always hold a special place in my heart. I am forever grateful and thankful for this experience!

Internships in Barcelona

Cole Brightbill

Music Production Intern | Dublin
Drexel University
4 August 2018

I study recording arts and music production at Drexel University. Via the Connect-123 program, I got an internship in Dublin at one of the premier recording studios in Ireland. Right off the bat, I was impressed with my placement. My internship in Dublin was one of the most valuable times in my life. Once I arrived in Dublin, Nikki and Rosie were there to help me adjust to living abroad, and made sure I was comfortable in my internship by giving me guidance and encouraging me to proceed independently. During the course of the summer, I was able to learn and excel in my internship, as well as travel all over Europe and see places I never would have otherwise. Connect-123 hosted awesome events and trips around Dublin, which really helped us interns explore Ireland to the fullest. I can't recommend Connect-123 enough!

Internships in Dublin

Danielle Hamersley

Finance Intern | Shanghai
The University of Nottingham
3 October 2018

I honestly cannot fault Connect-123 at all. When I initially looked at the fee it seemed a lot and I thought how am I going to raise this money; I can honestly from my heart say it has been worth every penny and the many, many long shifts I worked at my part-time job! Lea was assigned to help me plan my internship and I could not have asked for anybody better. No-one could have done a better job... it isn’t possible! Everything I ever asked for was always catered for and I never had any worries. When planning my internship I was studying in my third year at university but I knew Lea had everything under control I could trust her 100% to solve any problems or answer any questions I had. She was so efficient and my emails were often answered within minutes. Even when I was abroad she often messaged to ask how I was doing. Nothing was ever too much bother and the experience turned out to be so much more than what I ever imagined. I was also lucky enough to be housed with very fun housemates and we are even now still in contact. I would highly recommend for anybody who is considering joining Connect-123 to do it - it is an experience you will not forget!

Internships in Shanghai

Joy Onyeanu

Medical and Public Health Intern | Shanghai
Carleton College
13 July 2018

During the eight weeks I spent in China doing my medical internship in Shanghai, I formed amazing relationships with the doctors, staff, and other hospital interns, as well as with my fellow Connect-123 peers. Every day was like waking up to a new adventure! I’ve learned so much about myself while living and working abroad. I am grateful for the amazing opportunity I received to explore such a beautiful city and create lifelong memories. My internship experience in Shanghai is one I will never forget!

Internships in Shanghai

Reyhan Sinha

Sustainable Development Intern | Buenos Aires
University of Texas at Dallas
13 July 2018

Connect-123 facilitated my sustainable development internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the summer. It was hands down one the best things I've ever done! Not only did I learn about working in a foreign country, but I also learned how to adapt to unexpected situations at work and my confidence grew in my ability to voice my concerns and opinions with my supervisor. I met some of the most amazing people, I made lifelong friends and I traveled to fantastic places such as Iguazú and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. The two most important takeaways for me from this experience abroad were: 1. learning Spanish, and 2. figuring out how to push myself beyond my comfort zone.

Internships in Buenos Aires

Louis Murphy-Harris

Event Management Intern | Shanghai
Ara Institute of Canterbury
13 July 2018

Having the opportunity to do an internship in Shanghai has been an inspiring and refreshing experience that I am sure will continue to shape my future and help me grow. Connect-123 facilitated a custom internship at a Shanghai-based work wellness company that aims to bring sport and wellness to corporates. I learned so much about organizing events for people, corporate wellness, and the growing demand for technology in the fitness and wellness sector. Outside of my internship, I have learned so much about international business, Chinese culture, technology and have discovered that opportunities are everywhere! I have loved living in Shanghai as it is completely different to my home which is completely in the country on the edge of New Zealand!

Internships in Shanghai

Emily Painter

Building Conservation Intern | Dublin
University of Vermont
18 July 2018

This summer I completed an internship in Dublin in historic building conservation. Connect-123 provided a dream-come-true opportunity with my internship. Building conservation is not a very large field, but I couldn’t have thought of a more amazing or perfect internship experience for this summer! My company was very friendly and taught me so much about the field. Connect-123 was super supportive and it was wonderful to have such a great community in Dublin! Having spent time traveling on my own, it was incredibly nice to have a ready-made group of friends waiting when I arrived. The connections at work and through Connect-123 will last me a lifetime and provide an amazing portal to my future career.

Internships in Dublin

Iris Arborgast

Environmental Intern | Shanghai
Carleton College
13 July 2018

Connect-123 guided us every step of the way as we applied for Chinese Visas. They helped us get settled into a lovely apartment in Shanghai and organized frequent events for the group of interns in Shanghai. They also assisted us in finding Mandarin classes. Shanghai is a convenient and exciting city - you could get lost in the number of activities there are in the expat community. My internship taught me a lot about NGO work, the environmental movement in China and how to work in a professional environment. Overall, a great experience!

Internships in Shanghai

Melissa Osorio

Finance and Credit Intern | Dublin
University of Texas at Dallas
13 July 2018

I participated in Connect-123’s internship program this summer. I enjoyed every second of my time in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is a city that I’ve always wanted to live in and all my expectations were exceeded. The city is filled with many wonderful things to do and there is something in the city for everyone. I enjoyed my time with the program so much that I decided to extend my time in Ireland by a month after my internship ended. The price for the extension was reasonable, the process was hassle-free, and I was able to stay in the same lovely accommodation. I was still invited to every event and the program continued to look out for my well-being. Trust me the events can be amazing! I was able to visit Giant’s Causeway and cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge for one of the trips. I have been left with a positive impression of my experience with Connect-123 itself. The program is most definitely legit and well-organized. The program’s coordinators and advisors are wonderful people; I could always count on Rosie, Nikki, and Lea to be there for me if ever I needed them. I would recommend the program to anyone who would like to attain an international experience that will bring memories of a lifetime.

Internships in Dublin

Ben Ditlevson

Mechanical Engineering Intern | Buenos Aires
University of Texas at Dallas
13 July 2018

My mechanical engineering internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I met friends, mostly through the Connect-123 events, who I will remember for the rest of my life. I made some treasured memories too. One thing I learned from my summer internship in Argentina was how to embrace my mistakes. Once I was able to accept that everything not everything had to be perfect (neither my Spanish nor my or first-time industrial design internship), I grew as a person and began to appreciate and learn so much. I wouldn't trade my summer internship for anything and I would do it over again in a heartbeat!

Internships in Buenos Aires

Garrett Byrd

Environmental Intern | Shanghai
Earlham College
13 July 2018

Could you imagine taking a small town country boy from Indiana and shipping him halfway across the world and expecting him to survive an internship in China for two months? Well neither could I, but here I am. I have never been on a plane or been in a big city, but when Connect-123 gave me the opportunity to spend two months doing an internship in China at wastewater treatment company, I couldn't say no to the offer. I got to experience more than I ever thought I would during my stay in China. As part of my internship, I got to travel across China to different towns and cities seeing all kinds of new traditions, foods, and music. I got to take trips into the mountains seeing beautiful green landscapes and pristine blue rivers while engaging in the local community and learning so much about their culture. I was able to broaden my knowledge on wastewater treatment and learn more about China's environmental issues. Connect-123 made the transition from the slow small town Indiana life, to fast-paced Shanghai very easy. I had the resources at hand to adjust and manage problems. Connect-123 enabled me to truly indulge myself in the culture and make this a trip of a lifetime.

Internships in Shanghai

Monica Nievandt

Software Engineering Intern | Dublin
University of Texas at Dallas
13 July 2018

I am so glad that Connect-123 was able to help me find this incredible opportunity! I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my software engineering internship in Dublin. The work environment was relaxed and the people were welcoming and friendly. I worked in software engineering and in marketing and helped collect and analyze data. The work that I did as part of my internship that will be useful to the company long after I’m gone. I learned many valuable programming skills along the way and further developed my professional communication and networking skills. Not only was my internship great, but being in Ireland was absolutely incredible. Every weekend I visited a new place and even got to spend time in some nearby countries. It truly was a summer to remember forever!

Internships in Dublin
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