Connect-123
94% Rating
(92 Reviews)

Connect-123

Connect-123 develops and administers internship programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Dublin, Ireland; and Barcelona, Spain. In all countries, internship opportunities are hosted by local companies, non-profit organizations, schools, research institutes and health care clinics. In South Africa, study abroad programs are offered through the University of Cape Town.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Ashley
Female
23 years old
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kutztown University

A Life Changing Opportunity!

10/10

Connect-123 is a program that offers one of the most accommodating, life-changing experiences for anyone looking to explore another lifestyle and culture, while still hoping to gain professional skills in their field of study. For me, it was like a dream come true because they have so many different internship opportunities across the globe, in fields like architecture, marketing, writing, and even if you don't have a set career path, I met students in Barcelona who were doing an internship simply for the educational value of working in that diverse, professional setting.

From the start of the trip, months before I even touched ground in Barca, the Connect team was already making the most of my journey, being that they asked where I'd prefer to stay, what type of living space would suit me best, the cheapest ways to get from the airport to the city, it was the little things that made me realise this was the best choice I've made thus far. The Connect-123 coordinators truly want you to have the time of your life, and what better way to learn the ins and outs of Barcelona than from the people who live there and want to pass this knowledge on in the most fun and refreshing way. They take you to get the best tapas in town, you'll do bike tours for little to no cost, and most of all, they are there for you if you have any questions or concerns about your internship, your accommodations, or anything, really. Plus, one of their team members will meet with you before your internship begins so that your transition down this new path is an easy one.

And aside from their 24-hour services, they introduce you to other students from the program and because of that, I've personally made friends from all over the world, some who even live a state or two away from me back at home. So not only was I able to explore the beautiful city with new friends, I also improved my writing and communication skills in ways that encouraged me to branch out in ways I haven't done before. I really can't thank the Connect-123 program enough for the whole experience in becoming the writer and traveller I've been searching for.

How can this program be improved?

To be honest, I can't think of any ways the program could improve because they truly make the most of your experience right from the start, when you're applying and the ball gets rolling, the next thing you know is you're on a plane to Barcelona to have the best time of your life with the most amazing company.

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Feyi
Male
19 years old
U.K.
Other

Great experience

10/10

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
Female
USA
City University of New York

January, 2017 / Cape Town

10/10

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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Ashley
Female
Los Angeles, CA
Hawaii Pacific University

Fall 2016 Medical Internship in Dublin

9/10

I knew I needed medical research experience for the field I want to go into, but I also have quite the travel bug. I did a lot of research trying to find out who could give me exactly what I wanted. Honestly, most of my time was spent figuring out which company was the most credible. I stumbled upon Connect 123 and contacted them right away. After a few conversations, I knew that they were the right choice. From there the process was so simple. They found me a healthcare research position and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve never been afraid to go somewhere far on my own, so I didn’t have any initial reservations. I arrived in Dublin and felt right at home. Within an hour of being there, my program coordinator, Nikki, was at my doorstep and welcomed me with open arms. I think that made the transition easier than expected. She checked in with me every few weeks to make sure things were going smoothly and even arranged trips and meet-ups for everyone to get to know each other. My boss and coworkers were the greatest, most helpful people I probably could’ve worked with. They taught me so much about everything that goes into medical research and included me in everything they did. I was always made to feel like I was a part of the team, despite the fact that I was only going to be there for a short amount of time. Three months seems like an eternity, but even now it wasn’t enough time for me to explore the beautiful country that is Ireland. I now feel as though it is my second home. Nothing will ever compare to the time I spent living in Dublin, what I learned during my internship, and every person I met along the way.

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Maggie
Female
22 years old
7799boyufi

Summer 2016

6/10

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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