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I am a senior at Bucknell University majoring in Global Management with a concentration in Europe. Through Bucknell and Connect-123, I had the opportunity to intern in Dublin, at an organization that helps SMEs who are looking for export opportunities. From the very first day, my supervisor and the staff made me feel like I was at home. They understood I was coming from a different continent and needed to adapt to the work environment and the city. They clearly explained my role in the company and were very enthusiastic to see me learn and develop. I learned about International Trade and the mechanics and structure of a membership organization. In addition to this, I was able to improve my professional communication skills by interacting with SME owners (at times) and with my coworkers. Bucknell and Connect-123 did a tremendous job connecting us with our internships and coordinating cultural events to enrich our knowledge of Irish culture. I was grateful to be part of this journey, making long-lasting relationships and growing personally and professionally.Internships in Dublin
I could not be more thankful to Connect-123 for their help in connecting me with an internship in Ireland. Not only did they help me secure my internship, but they also helped me every step of the way to make sure that I was prepared before, during, and after my internship was complete. I worked as a Community Intern at a game design studio, where I was tasked with improving community engagement across their social media platforms. Even though I did this internship virtually, I was still able to connect with my supervisors on a professional level, and I will be staying in contact with them throughout my professional life. This helped me learn a lot about my chosen field and how it functions on a day-to-day level before I even graduate college! I never thought that I would be able to work with a game design studio but Connect-123 made that possible. Thank you to Carla and the rest of the wonderful team at Connect-123 for helping me get this experience!
Completing my Child Life Practicum in Cape Town, South Africa was a pivotal experience both professionally and personally. Initially, I was hesitant about completing an international practicum, but in retrospect, it was one of the best decisions of my life. Completing my practicum abroad allowed me to learn and grow in ways that would have never been possible in the United States. Through this opportunity with Connect-123, I was able to broaden my clinical knowledge and skills and build friendships that will last forever. I spent time at three hospitals which each provided very different experiences of the healthcare setting and the field of child life. This practicum showed me the true meaning of play as a universal language, and I am confident to use the knowledge I obtained in my future as a child life specialist. In addition to clinical experience, learning sessions and planned activities were also provided. Altogether, this was truly a well-rounded opportunity. Outside the hospital, I spent time immersed in the culture and building relationships within the community. It is so easy to fall in love with Cape Town. The opportunity was incredible and undeniably worth it. I am forever grateful for Connect-123, the countless children and families, my preceptor and peers, and Cape Town as a whole.Internships in Cape Town
My university gave me the opportunity to start an internship through Connect-123 and it is an opportunity I will always be grateful for. Connect-123 was incredible throughout the entire process of pairing me with an internship. I was asked several questions about my interests, career goals, and strengths which made my internship all the more beneficial and insightful, given that it catered to my professional and personal goals. My internship was remote but with the help of Connect-123, I was able to establish a great professional relationship with the organization I was paired with and never felt disconnected. During my time as an intern for a foundation that contributes to democratic consolidation and strengthening by promoting research and public awareness on security, intelligence, and defense reform I gained a lot of insight into a country and culture I was not familiar with. It was an opportunity that reinforced my aspiration to pursue a career in public interest and human rights law.
Connect-123 gave me the experience of a lifetime! Due to COVID-19, I couldn't participate in a study abroad program at my university, so I looked into interning abroad after I graduated. From the moment I set up my first meeting with Carla, she was there to answer every question I had and ensured that my internship placement would be with an organization that aligned with my passions and goals. During my internship, my coworkers were incredibly welcoming and put me to work on a wide variety of projects that played to my strengths and interests. Outside of the internship, Carla put together fantastic events to ensure we were able to experience everything Cape Town has to offer. In my free time, I was able to do everything from surfing and hiking to shark cage diving and paragliding with all the incredible friends I met along the way. This experience was life-changing due to everything I learned and accomplished, all the bucket-list items I checked off, and all the extraordinary people I met along the way. Thank you to everyone at Connect-123 for making this experience truly unforgettable in the best way possible!Internships in Cape Town
My internship was with an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa, their work was targeted toward helping empower asylum seekers and refugees. From the beginning, Carla was always available to answer my questions and provide support in achieving my goals for this internship. All her preparations made for a smooth transition to my destination and into my internship. At my internship, I had an incredible time with the staff and clients. The moment I walked through the door the staff was so kind and welcoming. I grew in many ways and developed new skills as an emerging mental health professional during my 3 months there. I was able to be a part of many programs that included counseling, psychosocial assessments, support groups, and community outreach. Carla and Connect-123 went above and beyond, not only helping us get connected with internships but also connecting us to the rich culture of South Africa. From amazing excursions to enjoying local food, I got a unique experience of what Cape Town has to offer. They made the experience all-around a life-changing one! I am so grateful to have met some amazing friends along the way and made lasting memories! My experiences with Connect-123 and my internship are ones I will not soon forget!Internships in Cape Town
I am a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies. Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern abroad in Dublin, Ireland through Connect-123. I spent the summer as a Research and Sustainable Development Goals Facilitation Intern at an environmental NGO in Dublin. My work included policy analysis, fieldwork, and organizing and mapping data using programs such as Excel and GIS. Connect- 123 planned exciting weekend excursions, ranging from the cliff walks in Bray and Greystones to traveling to Northern Ireland to see Giant’s Causeway and Belfast. I am so grateful for my internship in Dublin and all of the skills I honed during my time abroad!Internships in Dublin
Connect-123 gave me the most life-changing experience. Thanks to Carla and the Connect-123 team all of my questions were answered prior to the experience so I felt confident going into it. The Child Life Practicum gave me child life skills I’m confident I wouldn’t have been able to learn through just a typical Child Life Practicum. I gained life-long friendships, lessons and had a great time experiencing the South African culture. We were able to volunteer at multiple locations, with several different types of situations and it was so eye-opening and will certainly benefit me going forward in this field. This program gave me a new perspective and so many new skills. I’m forever grateful. After completing this program I feel much more confident in my skills in this field and am so excited to continue my career in this field. Thank you Connect-123 and everyone a part of the team. I am forever grateful.Internships in Cape Town
Entering the workforce during the midst of COVID-19 was an unpredictable obstacle, but Connect-123 did an excellent job of getting me plugged into an internship abroad that prepared me with the experience and confidence I needed. I worked with a young and vibrant media production company, only a few minutes from my apartment. The internship gave me the flexibility and creative freedom to take on a variety of projects over the span of three months. I left with an expansive portfolio, new friends, and a big dose of Cape Town culture. Not to mention, I had an absolute blast working alongside my co-workers! Even though I'm back in the US, I still have my job connections back in South Africa and will be continuing my collaboration with them. None of this would have happened without all the amazing support and guidance from Carla. She was there to answer every phone call, late-night text and helped me adjust to my new life abroad. She even went out of her way to meet up for dinners and adventures across town. We made so many wonderful memories and it wouldn’t be the same without her or my new Cape Town family!Internships in Cape Town
I looked for an internship in a rather closed field. Connect-123 was the only organisation that could find me an internship in the exact field I wanted. At first, I was afraid because it's quite difficult to find a good internship at the moment but Carla was immediately very reassuring on the phone, she took into account all the details. About 2 weeks later Carla was able to find THE internship that I was looking for. Carla and Léa take great care of you, they know your name, you are not just a number. In addition, the workshops offered by Connect-123 in which you participate are enriching.
As I began looking for an internship for school, I stumbled upon Connect-123’s page. Connect-123 listened to me and took my interests and goals into consideration when helping me find the perfect internship. Because of them, I was able to find a place where I was able to work on necessary life skills like communication and planning and learn skills that will benefit me in my future career path as a psychologist. I was a bit apprehensive about the internship being remote, but I had a lot of support both from Connect-123 and the group that I interned for. Overall, I would definitely recommend working with Connect-123. They are a great company that really cares about the people they work with.
It was a challenging task for me to keep up with academics while gathering career-related experience, during Covid-19; since an on-site internship was clearly not an option at the time. This is when Connect-123 paved way for me to have an experience of a lifetime, by offering me a Virtual/ Remote Internship at a Dublin-based Global Health organization working on health partnerships with Low-Middle income countries. My role included writing case studies, producing reports on events, publications to the WHO, and assisting in organising global health webinars. I was able to work closely with very important Irish health institutions. Apart from the connections I made with Irish health professionals, Connect-123 also helped me to succeed in my position and develop new skills that would help me in the long run. I can assure you that Connect-123 will be with you during the whole process, guiding you and supporting you in every way possible! They truly want us to achieve a better version of our careers. Connect-123 is the choice for anyone who wants to kick start their careers with a global experience and proficient skills.
Interning in human rights was an experience I'll cherish! I was able to understand how difficult a different European country's migrant systems can be for people seeking refuge in foreign countries. My internship was done virtually with an NGO headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, a country whose refugee system is very conservative due to their migration laws. Connect-123 held weekly meetings with their interns, where we discussed interview pointers, career help, and general advice. Overall, my experience was great, and I highly recommend Connect-123 for providing excellent internship opportunities.
Connect-123 provided the opportunity for a life-changing experience. Their program was so much more than just a practicum. Through them, I gained child life skills I couldn't have learned anywhere else and developed life-long friendships. We were able to volunteer at several locations, building connections with the community and providing the students with diverse experiences. In addition to hospital settings, we got to visit a school for children with autism, a day center for children with a wide variety of disabilities, and serve at a local foster home. The two hospitals we volunteered at gave us experience in a pediatric clinic, a pediatric ward, and an oncology unit. This program enabled me to learn so many new skills and develop a culturally diverse perspective. I loved experiencing a different culture and getting to know the people. We had the unique experience of getting to advocate for child life in an area where it is not prevalent and see firsthand just how effective these principles are. After completing the practicum, I feel so much more confident in my child life skills. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Connect-123 provided an exceptional learning experience as well as memorable activities that allowed us to really experience Cape Town. If you have the chance to participate in a program with them, it's absolutely worth it!Internships in Cape Town
Connect-123 did more than pair me with an organization. They learned about my interests and my academic and professional goals to find an organization that I would fit in with and that would help further my professional career while developing and strengthening necessary skills for my career path. Despite the internship being remote, I was never alone through the internship. Connect-123 was extremely professional and helpful in every step of the process and always had my back if I ever needed any help. Thanks to Connect-123 I was able to intern with an organization that works with human rights and climate change throughout Africa in over twenty countries. This extremely insightful internship was even better than I imagined thanks to the amazing staff that helped guide me through this experience. I would recommend Connect-123 to anyone who wants an opportunity to help others while gaining incredible experiences in working in other countries.
As an undergraduate student, I aspired to intern with a company abroad. My university then connected me with Connect-123. Connect-123 guided me towards an organization that specialized in human rights affairs which was the perfect fit for me as I aspire to work in the international law and human rights sector in the future. The organization was based in Dublin and, although it was virtual, I was able to learn a lot. While interning there, I learned about the importance of keeping yourself informed, raising awareness, as well as how to develop and write research reports on human rights-related issues. Connect-123 helped me adjust to this internship with their vast number of workshops and their continued communication with me during the entirety of my internship. Overall, I am grateful to Connect-123 for their guidance and encouragement!
Connect-123 gave me the opportunity to do my internship with a company that allowed me to expand my skills in design and professionalism. The internship was done remotely but it was still effective. Connect-123 was able to find an internship that fit the description I gave in our first phone call. Their professionalism throughout the entire process made me feel secure and excited about the internship. I'm very glad I was able to design a new logo in the summer of 2021. I worked as a logo graphic designer for a studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina that was about to open a side business. It was amazing to communicate with people outside of the country about a business-related issue and be taken seriously with my designs. They let me take creative control and their feedback was very kind. They loved most designs and only ever commented on how to make it better for the final design. The internship experience has encouraged me to keep designing and reach out to other businesses for more opportunities. It was lovely working with Connect-123 this past summer.
As I began my search for internships abroad, my University guided me towards Connect-123 and their amazing team. Through them, I was able to work remotely with a non-profit organization in Cape Town, South Africa where I created content for their social media pages and YouTube. While interning there I learned about the importance of communication, leadership, creativity, and stepping outside your comfort zone. In fact, at the beginning of my internship, I was a bit apprehensive about connecting with the people and the content due to being a remote intern but with Connect-123 supporting me along the way I was able to experience some of the best six months of my professional and personal life. In all, I learned so much during my internship and was able to really understand where I want to go with my career in the future. I will forever be grateful to Connect-123 for opening doors for me and encouraging me to follow my professional and personal dreams. Thank you so much to Carla, Lea, and the team!