Intern w/a Tech Startup in Hong Kong, China with Sage Corps!
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Intern w/a Tech Startup in Hong Kong, China with Sage Corps!

We know your type— the independent thinker, self-starter, and creative problem solver who isn’t afraid to go out of your comfort zone. You wouldn’t be on this website trying to find a global experience if you weren’t.

We get it— and we think that’s pretty cool. Welcome to Sage Corps. We are a study abroad and global entrepreneurship program that sends top college students to study at leading universities and work with premier technology startups.

As a Sage Corps fellow, you’ll experience more than a traditional study abroad program; you’ll gain invaluable international professional experience that will make you stand out to future employers. Our fellows gain and build practical, marketable skills on the job. 

Fellows also participate in Sage Corps developed and led professional development programming —including both an online curriculum and weekly in-person events— to explore and pursue their career goals. 

Are you ready? Connect with us today - we'd love to hear from you!

Highlights
  • A global entrepreneurial and educational experience: The startup ecosystem is changing and growing every day, and it's an exciting time to work in the startup world. This is your opportunity to enter the industry and tackle real problems.
  • Many students sacrifice professional internship opportunities at home when choosing to study abroad, often because traditional semester programs continue into the summer months. Sage Corps solves this problem by combining the two, and at a lower cost.
  • Access to the Sage Corps community and network: Sage Corps alumni go on to work at Fortune 500 firms, & of course startups, while others even launch their own companies. This broader network will be available to you beyond your time abroad. 
  • You'll gain professional experience that 99% of your peers won't have; this will help you stand out to future employers. 
  • You'll get to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world - Hong Kong, China!
Locations
Asia » China » Hong Kong
Compensation
Paid
Industry
Accounting
Advertising
Communications
Computer Science
Design
International Business
Length
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
Timeframe
Fall
Spring
Summer
Language
English
Qualifications
Must be professionally-driven!
Steps
Online Application
Weeks Min.
8
Weeks Max
16
Starting Price
$3,395.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Cost includes:
Housing
Administrative costs
Orientation, weekly events, and in-country support
Program development
Deposit and pre-departure support
Insurance

Questions & Answers

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Program Reviews (3)

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Jonathan
Male
24 years old
Evanston, Illinois
Northwestern University

Biggest Takeaway

10/10

Growth and comfort rarely coexist. I warmed up to my very patient and intelligent roommate, Adam, immersed myself fully into CoCoon's ecosystem, backpacked through Hong Kong's mountains alone, and fell in love with the district's culture. For these wonderful events to happen, I left friends back in Chicago, lived with once a complete stranger, arrived to a country that silos me as a foreigner despite similar cultural roots, and embraced loneliness in a busy city. I now carry with me lessons learned then to my internship with Freshwater Advisors led by David Weinstein, Chicago's seriel entrepreneur. Then, I dream to jumpstart a traditional yoga studio and physical therapy clinic that integrates appropriate cutting-edge innovation to better my community's well-being.

How can this program be improved?

More structure in orientation.

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Leland
Male
24 years old
Originally from Fremont, CA. Currently going to school in Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Sage Corps in Hong Kong

10/10

While initially hesitant about joining the program, as I would be joining it's second program ever, the interview process gave me more confidence in the program. The CEO, Matt Meltzer, was very supportive and dedicated to providing a quality experience tailored to my interest. As a chemistry major and a statistics minor, I was unsure if my skills would even be applicable to start-ups, let alone international ones. Instead, I was given a great opportunity that catered to my interests and pushed me out into the burgeoning field of data analytics.

The Internship:
I worked for The CloudMiner Ltd., a data-mining and financial services company targeting the commodities industry. During the Sage Corps interview process, I spoke to one of the co-founders, Dan Bloor, who talked to me on how I could apply my statistical knowledge to their business challenges. As a web based company, all the focus was on their website product and I, along with another Sage Corps Fellow, was tasked to build a data-visualization platform to better express the company's aggregated data on mines around the world. I had very little programming experience prior to this internship but I can now comfortably program in Javascript, Python, CSS, and HTML thanks to the support of The CloudMiner team, my co-worker James Xue (studying Computer Science at Columbia), and dedicated hours outside of work. By the end of the program, we had built a powerful data-visualization tool that The CloudMiner still uses.

Day-to-Day:
The Sage Corps program fully immersed us in the entrepreneurial scene in Hong Kong; we visited co-working spaces (The Good Lab, Cocoon HK), enjoyed speaker events (Simon Squibb and Guy Parsonage of fluid), and visited local businesses to learn about Hong Kong's business situation (JLL Hong Kong). The CloudMiner personally took James and I to a product presentation of a similar product (Tableau) for business insights and networking. We stayed at the Harbor Plaza Hotel, great accommodations for such a cramped city with immediate access to the Hong Kong MTR system and buses.

The daily schedule was as follows:
- Wake up at 8, get to work by 10
- Work on fixing bugs or improving visualization platform features or begin working on new functionality
- Have lunch around 12:30 with the entire team at a local restaurant
- Return to work with various snacks that James picked out from the malls nearby
- Finish work around 18:00, take recommendations from The CloudMiner team for dinner
- Work out at the Harbor Plaza basement gym with 4 other Sage Corps Fellows and sauna after

Highlights:
- Each of the Sage Corps fellows were incredibly driven, focused, and willing to explore - some of the best people I have ever met. Everyone was interested in learning more about start-ups and becoming entrepreneurs, making the most out of their summer. We passed around a copy of the Lean Startup to read on our commutes, went to the gym together, and we visited Macau twice throughout our trip.
- I learned a completely foreign skill. Like I said earlier, I had little prior programming experience but I can now program in Javascript, Python, CSS, HTML and currently learning R and Apache Spark for data analysis.
- Experienced first-hand the business practices and ideas of a foreign country. We were educated on Hong Kong's real estate situation by JLL Hong Kong; James Guzy (another co-founder of The CloudMiner) talked at length about the difference between Hong Kong and mainland China's business attitudes. The co-working spaces we visited, especially Cocoon HK, were incredibly gracious and shared with us their resources such as pitch nights and free-lance opportunities.
- Sage Corps programming: a boat tour of Hong Kong with our country managers
- Bungee jumping off the world's tallest bungee jump in Macau

Difficulties:
- A few language barriers, I'm not fluent in Chinese. Luckily most of Hong Kong is Englicized and another Fellow was a native speaker from Beijing. We never were stuck anywhere and could always find someone to communicate with.

How can this program be improved?

If this program could somehow be integrated with universities it would help with getting scholarships or grants to reduce the cost.

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James
Male
24 years old
New York
Columbia University

Learn To Move Fast And Break Things

10/10

Through Sage Corps, I secured an internship with the CloudMiner Ltd, a tech startup in Hong Kong. I worked on a data visualization project in Javascript that helped me jumpstart my career in CS.

Sage Corps is a great program for students looking to doing real work at an innovative company, develop important networking skills, and expand their worldview by going abroad. Working abroad is incredibly valuable, and working for a startup is a great way to meet exciting people and learn practical skills - for me, it was hands-on web development.

On top of the work experience, Hong Kong has a vibrant, energetic, and youthful vibe with a budding startup community. It's a great place for college students to develop skills that they would not get in the classroom or even in America. Socially, there's something going on that you'll never be bored. Culturally, it's fascinating to interact with the locals, learn some Cantonese, and of course, eat the delicious cuisine!

I loved the summer I spent at CloudMiner, and I'm very glad that I did the program. I'm excited to see Sage Corps expand to new locations!

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