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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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Elizabeth Keller

Child Life Intern | Cape Town
University of Georgia
14 August 2017

Without Connect-123, I would not have been given the once in a lifetime opportunity of completing my Child Life practicum abroad. I played and loved on the children and families at a pediatric hospital for the month of July. My time in Cape Town was filled with joy, love, and so many wonderful people and experiences. Connect-123 allowed me to gain experience in a government run hospital and even provided an incredible service opportunity in one of the townships. We spent a day loving on the children in an orphanage in the township of Khayelitsha and I left a piece of my heart behind that day. Between the children at the orphanage and the children I played with each day on the wards at the Children’s hospital, it was easy to fall in love with Cape Town. During my last week of my practicum experience at pediatric hospital, I spent a few days in a row with a preschooler in the trauma ward. This three-year-old had one of her legs in traction and could not be up and moving around like most three year olds. During the first two days of playing and engaging with this child, she acted so uninterested but desperately wanted to feel like a kid again after her traumatic experience. When I walked into trauma on the third day, her father said to me how she recognizes me and is so excited to play today. This preschooler that once seemed so uninterested had warmed up to me and giggled the rest of the day as we played. I'll never forget when she started laughing and her dad smiled and said to me "That's the first time I have heard her laugh since we got here" I'll never forget this moment I helped this sweet child feel like herself again and even being a smile to her father's face. I would not have had those special moments with children and their families without the support of Connect-123. I am forever grateful to Connect-123 for giving me this life changing experience by providing the opportunity for me to learn about another culture's healthcare system.

Internships in Cape Town

Clarice Brambilla

Nonprofit Fundraising Intern | Cape Town
Kings College London
14 August 2017

My two-month internship in Cape Town was by far one of the most fulfilling, satisfactory and productive time of my life. What I value most about my Connect-123 internship is the fact that I was assigned a task I had no experience in: fundraising. My original goal was to do an internship in which I could help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children, but I didn’t know exactly what I could do as I am a philosophy student, and my studies have no direct relation with this field. Connect-123 was able to find a job for me, allowing me to both challenge myself and make a difference. As a result, I gained experience in a field I knew nothing about and I even found out I really enjoy fundraising and I am good at it too! For Connect-123 my passion and my strive to do good was enough, and I proved them right. To all of those who are still seeking a path in their lives, who want to make a difference for the good, but still don’t know exactly what skills they have or what profession fulfills them and makes them happy, an internship such as mine is by far the most enlightening and eye-opening experience!

Internships in Cape Town

Sophia Busacca

Nursing Intern | Cape Town
University of Pennsylvania
11 August 2017

Connect-123 was very well organized and extremely helpful. They helped me find a nursing related internship and organized my living arrangements. As a nursing student the internship was exceptional! I had a great experience shadowing doctors and nurses and learning from them. I was able to see a wide variety of patients and understand their needs clinically and emotionally. It was interesting to compare the needs of different patients. I was able to work on the Labor and Delivery Unit, Well Baby Clinic, Postpartum Floor, Emergency Room, and the Pediatric Emergency Room. This experience has helped prepare me for my senior year in nursing school. I was able to narrow down the fields that I am more passionate about. As well, Cape Town is a phenomenal city to explore. I had so much fun meeting other interns and exploring Cape Town with our shuttle driver who took us on a tour of the Cape and a township. The museums, ocean, and city in Cape Town are great for a college student. Thank you Connect-123 for the awesome experience.

Internships in Cape Town

Julianna Choi

Nursing Intern | Cape Town
University of Pennsylvania
11 August 2017

I had an incredible experience as a Connect-123 intern. My internship pushed me as a nursing student and provided opportunities that were unique and specific to my interest in Midwifery. After one month working in a township clinic, I helped deliver over twenty babies. Outside of work, I loved my time living in Cape Town. I met some amazing people, visited the safari and wine country, hiked mountains, browsed markets and museums, and through it all developed a good understanding of South Africa’s complex politics and culture. Everywhere you turn, there is something new to learn in Cape Town!

Internships in Cape Town

Mackenzie Jones

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
Kings College London
11 August 2017

I interned for 2 months at a children's hospital in Cape Town. To summarise such an incredible and action-packed experience is a challenge with so many highlights to pin-point. From the beautiful mountainous views and sights of South Africa to the adorable little faces at the hospital, every moment has left a great impact on my life. Interning with Connect-123 was such a safe-place for me. Any fears I had regarding traveling were eased by the warm welcome by the Connect staff and their continuous support throughout my internship experience. Interning with Connect-123 has given me a new found confidence to take up opportunities presented no matter how daunting. At my workplace, I got a chance to challenge myself, to use my creativity, to be hands on with policy analysis, policy creation, and meetings and to make a difference to the lives of the infants at the hospital. I have gained a new love for South Africa, South African culture, their food, their music and the smiles and joyful spirit of the people there. It became a home away from home. This internship has given me the mindset and courage to aim high, to travel, to explore, to connect with new people, to network, and to live fearlessly seizing all opportunities and challenges presented throughout my academics and later life. When you look over Cape Town from the highest peak of Table Mountain or fly over the continent of Africa, it is humbling to realize how small we are. Yet the impact we can have on each other's lives is so big. It is amazing what one person's willingness to help can do for an organisation. Interning with Connect-123 at a hospital reinforced to me how great it is to just help out selflessly. I am sure your internship will greatly impact you also as you impact others with your willingness to volunteer your work. The whole experience was a blessing. I would do it all over again. My career ambitions have been given an extra dose of energy, passion and enthusiasm. I'm grateful.

Internships in Cape Town

Lisa Au

Environment and Sustainability Intern | Cape Town
Carleton College
11 August 2017

I am so grateful to have to opportunity to do an internship in Cape Town. Initially I was a bit nervous about going somewhere completely new but the Connect-123 staff are very supportive and accommodating and have made sure everything went smoothly. An internship here allowed me to try something I never thought I would be able to do and explore a the energy sector a little more. Learning more about energy in the unique context of South African history and culture gave me a new perspective on energy issues. Also, Cape Town is the place with a bit of everything. One of the best things about Cape Town is the close proximity to breathtaking views. Whether it’s up on the mountain or right by the ocean, there is always something to do. Thank you Connect-123 for finding me a great internship and making sure my stay in Cape Town was wonderful.

Internships in Cape Town

James Bradley Minton

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
Brigham Young University
10 August 2017

My time as an intern with Connect-123 was an experience that helped give me experiences and skills that will be extremely useful in my future employment. Every day there were many opportunities to learn something new, and the work was so much fun. The people who I interacted with; other interns, Connect-123 employees, drivers, and supervisors at work were very influential, helpful, and became friends. The logistics involved in traveling and living locally were arranged and easy for me to keep up with. The city of Cape Town has most everything anyone could be looking for. If you like night life or shopping there are opportunities all over down town. The mountains provide great hiking. The ocean is cold and fun. If you're willing to go out and have adventures you will find them in Cape Town for sure.

Internships in Cape Town

Seth Greengo

Healthcare Intern | Buenos Aires
Carleton College
10 August 2017

When I first arrived in Buenos Aires, it was a dark and cold morning. My flight from the United States had been delayed so much that my arrival was pushed back a full day. I thought this incident would set the tone for my trip; I couldn’t have been more wrong. Both the literal and figurative clouds passed and I found myself falling for Buenos Aires and Argentina as a whole. I was an intern at a public hospital in Buenos Aires province, where I threw on a lab coat and was able to watch doctor’s appointments in multiple departments, observe surgeries in the operating room, and even attend lectures about cancer medicines with the oncologists. The doctors and staff were all super welcoming and willing to explain things to me, in both English and Spanish. Living in Buenos Aires and immersing myself in the Argentine culture created many unforgettable experiences. I cannot thank Connect-123 enough for setting up my internship, organizing cultural events, and making my experience one to remember!

Internships in Buenos Aires

Nicolette Sommar

Marketing Intern | Barcelona
Drexel University
8 August 2017

I needed an internship for my spring term and Connect-123 was more than helpful. I remember hearing about the program through my friend in early January. After some research, I decided to send in my info. Connect-123 was quick and efficient with getting back to me and before I knew it, I found myself in the beautiful city of Barcelona. They made my transition from home to Spain very easy prior as well as during my trip. They gave me suggestions on where to live and provided an airport pickup for my arrival. They also hosted special events throughout the weeks so that everyone in the program had a chance to meet each other. I traveled and lived in Barcelona by myself and I have to say I met some awesome people along the way. My favorite part was having the opportunity to meet locals and work with them in my office. While I was there for three months, I worked for a startup tech company that is creating a fashion app using artificial intelligence based data. I loved going into work everyday and feeling a part of something big. My coworkers were greatly energetic and friendly, nothing like I’ve ever experienced in the work environment at home. Some days after work, I had Spanish classes at Vosotros Barcelona, another benefit of using Connect-123. This program is without a doubt one of the best. As for the city, Barcelona deserves more than just one little blurb in my journaled experience. I've always had such an aspiration to visit the city and experience the Catalan culture. When I first arrived in Barcelona early April, I was super stoked to be there. However, I was still naive. I had no idea that the next three months would be the most amazing three months of my life. As cliche as it sounds, it's true. The city stole my heart. Connect-123 was one of the best decisions and I encourage those who are a little weary to jump and seize the opportunity.

Internships in Barcelona

Stacy Gallegos

Healthcare Intern | Dublin
California State University Northridge
7 August 2017

My time in Ireland was an unforgettable adventure. I learned resourceful skills, made lifelong friendships, and gained a new perspective about the world. My internship experience has changed the way I view healthcare delivery and has given me a boost of confidence to address the issues I care about the most. In the process, I gained a brilliant mentor and realized that you can accomplish even the most intimidating goals with hard work, passion, and some inspiration. Connect-123 made sure their students felt right at home from the moment they arrived. I am looking forward to returning to this magnetic city and am grateful for all the memories that have molded me to the friend and professional I am today.

Internships in Dublin

Sergio Demara

Human Rights Intern | Buenos Aires
Carleton College
7 August 2017

I was only finishing up my freshman year of college at the start of Connect-123, but I knew I wanted to take risks and explore parts of myself I hadn’t before. I was so blessed to work in Buenos Aires at an impactful human rights non-profit organization, completely organized by Connect-123. The experience is more than you could bargain for-- as a cohort, we attended dance performances, dinner nights, and street art tours together to explore local culture. The staff helped us feel comfortable and immersed in Argentina’s rich heritage. At my internship, I was shown similar support and encouraged to draft project reports, secure funding for LGBT refugees, and develop a storyboard for a film. I attended official board meetings regarding refugees in Argentina and local workshops on sexual diversity, even meeting refugees to hear their stories and represent them. This internship experience allowed me to breathe in experiences that have allowed me to grow and flourish for my next step in life. I am so grateful to have participated in this program and I look forward to returning to South America some day.

Internships in Buenos Aires

Jamie Martin

Child Life Intern | Cape Town
University of Missouri
7 August 2017

My time in Cape Town, South Africa was nothing short of a dream. I spent the entire month of June completing a Child Life Practicum at a first government pediatric hospital. Getting to know the hospital staff and patients was an exceptional experience, as I spent my days preparing children for procedures and encouraging developmentally appropriate play within the facility. I want to thank Connect-123 for introducing me to such incredible and driven individuals. I never imagined that I would spend the summer in this beautiful city exploring the land each and every day. Everyone with the Connect-123 team did such an amazing job helping me adapt and feel comfortable in my temporary home. I would recommend this program to everyone and am so glad I made the decision to attend, despite having not known anyone beforehand. I am already looking forward to my next trip to Cape Town.

Internships in Cape Town

Ania Aliev

Biomedical Research Intern | Barcelona
Trinity College
7 August 2017

This summer I worked at a biomedical research institute in Barcelona. Connect-123 did an excellent job finding me this internship and listened to my parameters and found the perfect internship for me. This internship was heavily based in statistical analysis in the medical field, which is exactly what I asked for. I was able to improve my coding skills as well as learning new methods to run data analyses. In addition to this, my housing was also great. I lived right in the center of the city with easy access to all part of the city. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and I was able to make friends through people on Connect-123, the people I lived with, and worked with. Barcelona is a versatile and vibrant city, which makes it full of life so it is never boring. If you are considering a study abroad program with an internship component Connect-123 in Barcelona is amazing and I would definitely recommend it!

Internships in Barcelona

Anita Baratti

Education Intern | Cape Town
Kings College London
7 August 2017

Cape Town was life-changing. Since the first breath I took of its air after landing, I understood I had made the right decision: this country, its nature, the food, the people, everything smelled of beauty and all this beauty turned into family to me in a blink of an eye! I shared this adventure with an incredible bunch of people from my university in England, who showed my same passion to engage with South African culture and history, making this experience even more amazing. Connect-123 also played a huge role in my two months there: besides being extremely helpful and supporting throughout the whole stay, they were able to perfectly understand my interests and to find the right internship for me, giving me the possibility to dive deeply into one of the main issues in South Africa, the education crisis. Tutoring and teaching in a high school in a township, I was immersed in a reality where kids often remain trapped in their disadvantaged background, which makes it difficult for them to get far with or even to begin their studies. My students were thus doing something almost revolutionary: finally totally free from Apartheid, they were finishing their last year of high school and were about to step into tertiary education. Assisting them in this passage was a privilege and the smiles and the excitement on their faces are something I will always keep in my heart: they made me feel at home and their being thankful about the littlest things was the best and most rewarding sensation I have ever felt. I lost my heart in Cape Town, in everything I did and saw and the people I met. I loved my job, which helped me grow as a person and a professional and tremendously clarified my future career path and choices. Someone once said: 'we meet to part and we part to meet' and I like thinking that this will be my first but not only time in this wonderful country.

Internships in Cape Town

Casey Copp

Sports Management Intern | Buenos Aires
Michigan State University
4 August 2017

Three months ago I got on the plane shaking. I had never left the United States before and I had never never left home for so far and for as long as I was about to do. I had never lived in a big city. I had never left my comfort zone. Much of my family preferred that I go to Europe than South America. Indeed, I was shaking as I got on the plane. Three months later now I am a changed person. Buenos Aires is an incredible city with never-ending options of things to do and it's impossible to get bored. I've had more fun here the past three months that I had in my first 3 years of college! The best aspect of the city is the people. Everyone I've met, from strangers that pass by on the streets, to the worker in an ice cream store next to my apartment, to other students from a local university, and obviously my host family who are always so friendly, caring, and accommodating. Connect-123 provided me with a perfect internship that mixed my career aspirations working in non-profits as well as my passion soccer, which is also the passion of the entire Argentine nation! Although I've studied Spanish for 7 or 8 years, I felt like my language knowledge had plateaued but now not only has my Spanish improved drastically but I will return to my university confusing all my professors as I speak to them like a Porteño. I'm so sad to leave and I will most definitely return many times in my life. For the impact it has made on my personal growth, Buenos Aires, Argentina will forever have a special place in my heart.

Internships in Buenos Aires

Colin Kruzel

Education Intern | Buenos Aires
Michigan State University
4 August 2017

My adventure to Buenos Aires was a first in many ways. Big firsts like leaving the country for the first time and being really, really far from family for so long. Connect-123 truly exceeded any expectations I could have in regards to this big change. Connect-123 placed me with a host family, who very quickly became a part of my family. A fantastic host family and a constant stream of available activities and events kept me busy and excited while being integrated into the culture and life here in Argentina. This is all in addition to being placed in an internship that was very flexible, friendly and provided me a unique work experience.

Internships in Buenos Aires

Allen Hu

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
University of Pittsburgh
4 August 2017

The month I spent in Cape Town really was the time of my life. The city and the surrounding environment was absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious (also cheap), and the South African people were so kind and friendly! I woke up every day excited to explore the city and learn something new about South Africa's history and culture. In addition, my internship was so eye-opening, because I got to go out into the townships every day and see a different way of life, as well as the challenges of providing healthcare to impoverished areas. That's not something very many people get to do, and I consider myself so lucky to have been able to go to Cape Town for an internship. I'm so grateful for all the people I met and all the experiences I had. If you're having trouble deciding whether or not you should go abroad for an internship with Connect-123, let me just say: take the leap. Just go for it. You absolutely won't regret it. I certainly didn't!

Internships in Cape Town

Maggie Crowell

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Washington and Lee University
4 August 2017

Picture a stunning, palm-lined coastal city situated in the shadow of Table Mountain -- a city with unmatched culture and welcoming people. Then, picture a knowledgable and relatable team of individuals dedicated to assisting you with everything from finding the perfect weekend brunch spot to finding the best guide for your Cape of Good Hope tour (a tour, I might add, that includes penguins!) You're looking at an internship in Cape Town through the Connect-123 program, and if your experience is anything like mine was, you'll never look back! During my time in South Africa, I was fortunate enough to intern for a social justice organization, which helped me realize my passion for human rights issues. In addition to great experiences through my job, I was able to participate in some fantastic weekend activities such as cage diving, paragliding, and feeding elephants on safari! Connect-123 helped make this one of the best and most memorable summers of my life, and I would recommend this program to anyone looking for adventure, learning, and a whole lot of excitement!

Internships in Cape Town

Drew Perth

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
Ohio University
3 August 2017

It’s amazing what can happen in just a short month, and it would not have been possible without Connect-123. This became evident from our very first meeting, and I knew I had made the best decision to spend my summer with them. Their grasp on Cape Town life and connections around the city are unparalleled. We were connected with some of the best doctors and mentors in Cape Town. Rotating through a community day clinic, secondary hospital, pediatric care center, and touring a first tier government hospital, where the first heart transplant took place, as well as a private hospital, we gained well-rounded insight into the healthcare of Cape Town. Connect-123 made sure we not only had an incredible internship experience, but also amazing opportunities to see the beauty of Cape Town. They gave fantastic recommendations, listened to what we wanted to do, and took the stress of planning, scheduling, and arranging accommodation away, allowing us to more fully enjoy ourselves. The staff at Connect-123 go above and beyond to not only ensure you have an excellent experience, but also work to foster a relationship with you. I can honestly say Connect-123 shaped my time in Cape Town, and for that I am forever grateful. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer! Thanks again for everything!

Internships in Cape Town

Samantha Minnette

Public Policy Intern | Buenos Aires
Michigan State University
3 August 2017

The three months that I spent in Buenos Aires were amazing, as I spent them improving my Spanish, exploring a culturally rich city, and meeting new and exciting people every day! I came to this internship with the goal of improving my ability to speak Spanish and I can say confidently that I have accomplished my goal. Working in a small office really helped me connect with the language and with the people I worked with, allowing me to form strong connections and friendships. Working in my internship really impacted the way that I look at my degree and the future that I want to pursue! In addition to this, Buenos Aires and Argentina in general is a beautiful and fascinating part of the world to explore and live in! From the North to the South my travels really opened my eyes to the beauty of this country. I cannot wait to return some day! Thank you Connect-123 for such a great experience!

Internships in Buenos Aires