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Connect 1-2-3 International Internships
Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer
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Restrictions: BSU applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates vary by site
Fall 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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Language of Instruction:
English Program Type: Internship
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Prior Language Study Required:
None
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
Program Description:
Program Description:
Connect 123 International Internships
https://www.connect-123.com/
 
About Connect 123
Gain real world experience, make your resume stand out from the pack and learn about a foreign culture with an international internship! Imagine discussing your experiences from a business internship in Cape Town or Dublin during an interview. Or adding a human rights or medical internship in Buenos Aires to your resume. Employers are increasingly looking for international experience and our internship programs are designed to give you an edge in your future job search, ensuring that you receive a tangible return on investment.

Since 2006, Connect-123 has developed an international network of thousands of local organizations across all fields, including human rights, journalism, education, business consulting, entrepreneurship, healthcare, engineering, sustainable development, and many more.  Our experienced team will work closely with you to find or customize an internship that uniquely fits your goals.

Where can I intern abroad?

Barcelona, Spain
Just what about Barcelona will draw you in? It could be its international vibe, its artistic soul, its medieval nooks and crannies, Catalonian history, or all of it! Catalans are fiercely proud of their regional identity, evidenced by their preservation of the local language and traditions, like the seemingly impossible castellers (human towers). With a base in Barcelona, all that Spain has to offer is within reach, from La Rioja vineyards and Basque Country to Sevilla and Madrid.
 
Explore the unique contrast of historical and modern as you stroll through the centuries-old buildings of Barrio Gótico on your way to some of the hottest fashion and design shops in Europe. Complete the picture with gorgeous beaches, outdoor markets, jaw-dropping architectural masterpieces, a champion soccer team and a thriving cultural scene. Like us, you will be sure to fall in love with Barcelona!
 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
With its wide boulevards, gorgeous architecture, and rich cultural arts scene, it’s not hard to understand how Buenos Aires came to be known as “the Paris of South America”. Argentina holds the world’s highest consumption rate of beef, but don’t despair, Argentines work off all that meat by tango dancing all night in the famed milongas. Visitors to Buenos Aires become fully immersed speaking a unique brand of Castellano, only heard in Argentina!
 
Porteños (Buenos Aires locals) are passionate about everything; politics, philosophy and sports are not taboo subjects here! Modern day porteños share the sing song speech of their Italian cousins, along with their habit of talking with their hands! From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires and the rural vastness of Patagonia, to the splendor of Iguazu Falls and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, there is boundless adventure to be had in Argentina!
 
Cape Town, South Africa
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and the legislative capital (the Houses of Parliament are here). It is located in the south-west corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope and is the most southern city in Africa. Although South Africa remains a developing economy, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city with numerous sites of historical significance, and a lively nightlife, as well as a large gay community. Located in the southern hemisphere, the winter months of June to August tend to be rather wet and cool, with evening temperatures as low as 2 or 3°C (this is the temperature of the ocean so it will not get colder unless you go far inland) but 5-7°C normal. It will become warmer during the day, with temperatures between 9-15°C typical. It is often very cloudy with far fewer hours of sunshine.
 
Dublin, Ireland
What’s a little rain compared to a rewarding, life-changing experience? The allure of the Emerald Isle captivates as you experience Ireland as more than just a tourist. Visitors soon learn there is always a trendy neighborhood to explore, a hip restaurant opening, or the newest fads popping up all over the compact, cosmopolitan city of Dublin!
Dubliners are known for their love of storytelling, songs, the ‘craic’ (fun) and the legendary welcome they extend to visitors! Given its historic beauty juxtaposed with the modern charm of the Irish capital, it’s no wonder this ‘Fair City’ continues to inspire some of the world’s most renowned writers, artists, and musicians. From the hustle and bustle of Dublin to delightful countryside villages, from castles to stunning cliffs, Ireland will leave you wanting more.
 
Shanghai, China
East meets West with awe-inspiring results! Shanghai is a city that’s expanding at warp speed; there is perpetually something new to discover. Take in traditional Chinese culture all the while experiencing the contrast between modern and ancient China. Not only is Shanghai a major financial center, it is also a cultural hub boasting several museums and a dynamic art scene, including film and fashion.
 
Given China’s immense geographical area, there are cities, historical sites, and places all over the country to traverse. Further afield the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the Potala Palace in Tibet and of course the Great Wall in Beijing await!
 
Sydney, Australia
Set on one of the world’s most picturesque harbors, Sydney’s spectacular sightseeing, laid-back vibe, and eclectic cuisine make it one of the world’s top travel destinations.
Enjoy walking along the city’s golden beaches, explore landmarks such as the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and relax in the glorious parks and the sprawling outdoors. Sydney is an ideal destination for your international experience!
 
When does this program take place?
8-12 weeks in summer beginning around June 1. Once accepted, students may be able to negotiate their program start and end date directly with host organization. 
Semester options are available. 
What is the internship content?
Multi-disciplinary across all colleges and departments.
Students must work with their faculty and register for their academic discipline’s “internship” course to ensure receiving academic credit. All placements are unpaid. You are able to intern legally because these are unpaid placements for which you are receiving credit at your home institution.
 
You have a great deal of control in directing the placement process and ensuring that Connect-123 makes the right placement. It's important to keep in mind that the time for you to exercise this control is during the earlier part of the process, in your discussions and correspondence with a Connect-123 placement manager and even before, as you prepare for this meeting. The best way to prepare is to think about the following questions:
•What previous experience do you have that makes you a suitable candidate?
•What types of tasks & responsibilities do you expect to have in your internship?
•What is your main goal for the internship?
•What specific skills are you hoping to develop?
•What are your future career goals and how does this internship relate to them?
•What kind of credits do you need for this internship?
 
Connect-123 takes this information very seriously. They will not let you request a type of placement which they do not feel is a realistic possibility and they also expect you not to agree to a type of placement which you are not willing to undertake, but they DO expect you to have at least three internship preferences. After your meeting, Connect -123 will send you an email to follow up on your discussion and confirm that they have understood your preferences, goals, and academic credit requirements. If you do not believe that the placement manager has understood these, it's essential that you notify them immediately, as once a placement has been arranged for you, you cannot change it.
 
Where will I live?
Accommodation options vary depending on program location.
 
Buenos Aires and Barcelona 
Program participants can choose to improve their Spanish and live with a home-stay family or young local professionals. Alternatively, depending on your timing, we can help you find short-term apartment rentals where you can choose to share with other program participants.
 
Shanghai, Sydney and Dublin 
Quality accommodation where program participants feel comfortable and secure when away from home is an integral part of the Connect-123 experience. Choose to live with locals, with other foreigners around your age, or depending on your timing, with other Connect-123 program participants. We will help you find great, centrally-located private or shared accommodation with easy access to public transportation, restaurants, supermarkets and shops.
 
Cape Town 
In Cape Town, program participants typically stay in apartments in a large, centrally-located residential building with 24-hour security, roof-top pool, wireless internet access and twice-per-month cleaning service.
 
What is included?
•Internship placement consultation
•Pre-Departure and onsite Orientations
•Airport pickup
•Accommodation
•Local Phone (student pays for usage)
•On-Site 24/7 emergency support
•Health Insurance & Evacuation Plan
•On-site coaching and troubleshooting during your placement
•Final Evaluation report from your supervisor
 
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for scholarships through the Rinker Center for Global Affairs. Information about these scholarships as well as the online scholarship application can be found on the Study Abroad website here.
 
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
 
What are the eligibility requirements?
Most majors
Full-time student status
Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
Students must be sophomore status or above by start of internship
 
Passports
U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. A passport (or evidence of an application submission/renewal) will be required for your application to the program. For information on how to apply, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html 
 
How do I apply?
Step 1 –Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 –Complete the online application through BSU
Step 3 - Complete the online Connect 123 application  

Steps 1-3 are due by the BSU application deadline - Note that this is typically earlier than the date Connect 123 publishes on their website.

Where can I get more information?
Email: studyabroad@bsu.edu
 

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