Connect-123 Cape Town Internships

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Our Cape Town internship program offers an astonishing variety of international internship opportunities against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! This is your chance to live and work in one of the world's top-ranked destinations.

The Connect-123 internship program offers you the opportunity to participate in a variety internships in Cape Town. Some popular internship fields in Cape Town include business and entrepreneurship, medical and health care, engineering, human rights and social work, among others.

Connect-123 offers custom internship opportunities suited to your interest and skills. Our program durations and start and end dates are flexible to fit your needs. Our local staff provide on-the-ground support before, during, and after your internship including housing assistance, in-depth orientation, social events, cultural activities, as well as career support and guidance.

Highlights
  • Tailored placements! Connect-123’s experienced team finds unique, best-fit opportunities for you, related to your interests, goals and requirements.
  • Extensive Network! Connect-123’s partner network includes entrepreneurs, human rights organizations, engineering firms, advertising agencies and many more options!
  • Flexibility! Choose your arrival and departure dates, based on your schedule.
  • Service! From pre-departure to in-country support to post internship assistance, Connect-123 provides you with all the support you need!
  • Memories! Meet new friends from all over the world and make memories to last a lifetime!

Popular Programs

Summer Internships Abroad

Have the best summer of your life while gaining international work experience that will accelerate your career. Make your resume stand out from the rest with an internship abroad!

Medical and Health Care Internships

Whether you’re undergraduate or in graduate school, and no matter what aspect of the healthcare field you’re interested in, we can help you find an internship that matches your interests, experience, and career goals.

Environment & Sustainable Development Internships

There is an increasing emphasis on the environment and sustainability around the world. Whether you choose to work in a developed or a developing country, many of the challenges are the same.

Engineering Internships

Whether you study biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, chemical engineering, or environmental engineering, we will find an internship to suit you.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.2 Rating
based on 20 reviews
  • Growth 8.9
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 8.2
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Kim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision!

This review is long overdue. I participated in the Cape Town internship with Connect 123 all the way back in 2014! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management and Connect 123 placed me with "The Backpack" hostel where I worked reception, tour desk, and occasionally the bar! It was a life-changing experience where I met some incredible people and was able to really get to know the city! What was especially awesome about this internship was that many of the local tour guides allowed me to go on their tours for free for promotional purposes...this means it was free wine tastings, shark cage diving, and tours around the city!

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Child Life Study Abroad

While in class studying to become a child life specialist, I am taught over and over that play is the universal language of childhood. It was not until I immersed myself in a whole new culture across the world, when I realized the truth to this statement. Having the opportunity to work with so many different children, in all sorts of settings, speaking many of the different languages native to South Africa was incredible. Recognizing how play is a language we all can "speak" and understand and its importance to a child is a lesson whose impact goes much further than the classroom.

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Paige
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This will be your best experience

as nothing short of amazing!!! My initial expectation was to gain an internship but, I left with so much more. Connect 123 not only guided me to the internship of my dreams but they also connected me to a new found family. I built lasting relationships with employers, made life-long friendships, and found my home away from home. Every day I worked alongside colleagues, reviewed analytics reports, and worked on currents projects. Interning not only confirmed my classroom knowledge but, it gave me a platform to develop new marketing skills. Connect 123 is an experience that will challenge you, connect you, and propel your professional career. They give you the tools necessary to succeed, so get ready you will leave better than you came.

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Feyi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

My experience in Cape Town from start to finish was amazing. From the first day I was welcomed with such warmth all the connect 123 staff were so kind and helpful. From organising great events and activities to being a constant line of support and advice. Yet most importantly my internship was valuable and I really appreciated connect finding me a great internship with a very well respected architect like Andy Horn who was a great mentor. Overall I loved every second of my time in Cape. Town and would like to say cheers to all the people who made it so special.

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Yana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

January, 2017 / Cape Town

I've had a wonderful stay in Cape Town, South Africa. It is an amazing city!! Connect-123 went above and beyond to get me this internship and without exaggerating, it has been one of the best experiences in my life! Robyn, who was my coordinator, is absolutely wonderful and she will tell you everything you need to know about Cape town! If you're looking for a great way to live abroad, gain unmatched work experience, and have the time of your life, this program is for you.

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Maggie
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Summer 2016

I feel bad about leaving this review but I wish people would have told me this before I went. Connect 123 in Cape Town will pressure you into living where everyone else lives and promises certain amenities they do not follow through with (gym, TV, constant roof access) and they will constantly come into your housing unannounced. Connect will drop you off at your first day of your internship but does not provide you with transport back, and I've heard many stories of people crying because they felt so lost about how to get back who were not in the safest areas. Two of my coordinators were absolutely lovely but often felt like the third one was treating us like children. Since I payed for this all completely on my own I often wondered what exactly the payment to Connect-123 was exactly for. Especially after leaving it took over 2 months for a letter of recommendation that was only 2 paragraphs. Overall, I learned so much from the experience but I would not go through Connect-123 again.

Response from Connect-123

We're very sorry to receive your feedback and to hear that you weren't happy with your experience. It’s certainly possible that there were miscommunications or misunderstandings and we apologize if you feel that we’ve let you down.

To reduce costs and increase options for participants, we offer flexible housing options in each destination. We offer our advice, to help keep participants safe, but we have no requirements or preferences regarding where participants stay and can exclude or include housing fees at your preference.

Regarding transport, we arrange various options in Cape Town, depending on safety and the host organization’s location, ranging from public transport to private Uber taxis. We discuss transport options with participants as part of the placement process and it’s important to us that everyone feels comfortable with their commute to their internship site. We also include transportation as part of orientation. That said, things might not always go as planned and we encourage participants to reach out to us to discuss any issues. In addition to the weekly events and formal feedback sessions, we’re contactable 24/7 in each location and we’re always available to help.

We’ve worked with thousands of students over the past 11 years and each person’s experience is very important to us. Given our positive interactions, we were pleased to provide a reference letter for you, where we described your contribution to your host organization as well as your great relationship with fellow C123 participants and with our team. Again, we apologize for any misunderstandings and we wish you all the best for the future.

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Ruth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Ultimate Abroad In Cape Town

My time in Cape Town with Connect-123 was more than I could have ever asked for. With an easy transition to Cape Town Life, I found a new adventure everyday and it was wonderful having many other interns around to share the experience with. Whether it was hiking, shopping, going on evening outings there was never a shortage or things to do or people to do them with. Connect made it so easy and accessible for me to get comfortable by walking me to work on my first day, setting up evening activities, and being very available and responsive to any questions I had along the way. Overall my Cape Town and Connect-123 experience were both unforgettable and taught me so much about myself and about South Africa. From making friends to learning exactly what I want to do with my perfectly matched internship everything was perfect when it came to my time spent in Cape Town. I can't wait to make it back soon to the Mother City soon and thanks to Connect-123 for making me fall in love with it.

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Leah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Public Health in Cape Town

I worked for the medical research council that was surveying over 12,000 babies and testing them for HIV. I was able to help with collection and instructing individuals on testing. Worked with wonderful people at the University of Western Cape who helped me throughout the way even after leaving Cape Town. My focus had been with HIV epidemiology and the internship fit perfectly. Connect 123 did wonders in trying to find the perfect opportunity for me. I was sad to leave the people I worked with, as well as the friends I made through Connect.

What would you improve about this program?
Not much that the program could potentially do, but maybe work more with the internship leaders to make sure they are following through on everything they said they would.