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About

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— and voluntarily go to a foreign country to work with strangers— if you weren’t.

We get it— and we think that’s pretty cool. Welcome to Sage Corps. Sage Corps is a study abroad and global entrepreneurship program that sends top college and postgraduate students to intern abroad with startup companies worldwide.

With us, 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. Plus, you'll attend Sage Corps created and led professional conferences, networking events, demo days, and speaker series held at both startup companies and larger corporations.

Interested? We thought so. Want to learn more? Head to our site and apply today!

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Founded
2012
Headquarters

332 S Michigan
9th Fl
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Reviews

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Camilla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 8 weeks this past summer interning in Barcelona, Spain. As someone who really couldn't make study abroad work with getting two majors and two minors, this was a great alternative to that. As for my working experience, I was placed at a startup in a team of 5 and at Barcelona Tech City, a beautiful incubator space overlooking the marina and steps away from the beach. Although my liberal arts skills were not a perfect match to what their traditional candidate might have been, I was given a lot of flexibility as to what I worked on. My work ranged from UI and UX to website design to one-pagers for marketing - all things I that I had worked on in various capacities through student orgs and past internships. I really enjoyed this as an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and was able to include a lot of new skills to my background and to my resume. It was a bit on the expensive side for a program but if you can get school to help sponsor it or get a scholarship, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with the means to do so.

I worked about 50 hours a week and really got a lot out of my experience but some of my fellow cohort members generally worked about 10 to 30 hours a week. If that's the kind of working experience you want, setting expectations early on with your boss will be key if you want more time to travel and work flexibly. I did travel almost every weekend but my bosses were very understand of my having to leave early or working longer on Monday to Thursday if I was traveling Friday. I think it also did vary widely in terms of student/boss relationship and amount of work allocated to student but the saying rings true - you get out what you put in!

As for the accomodations, you were surrounded by Americans and other foreign students traveling so it made for a young and fun atmosphere. One recommendation I have to Sage Corps is to put the whole cohort on the same floor or hallway if possible because there was about half of our program all together and the other half that were scattered through the various buildings of TSH Marina.

What would you improve about this program?
They need to figure out a better solution for college credit. If you aren't going to be claiming college credit, then it should be an option to dicount that from your tuition. As a student in a highly selective public university, my school wouldn't accept any of the college credit I was supposed to recieve from this program and to pay for an internship credit at my home institution would have been $600 for only 3 credits. Also, there were two students who had just finished college and had no need for college credit but discounting that from their tuition wasn't an option.
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Heba
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This past summer has been the most rewarding and exciting summer of my life because of the Sage Corps Experience in Amsterdam. Not only did I further develop my professional skills, but I also felt like I learned more from working at a startup company than I would in a class in college. The internship experience with a startup will give you so much more than any typical corporate internship because the work I did directly impacted the success of the company I worked at.

Also, the people in my cohort are now some of my best friends, and the opportunity to live and work in Amsterdam (or any city) with other people your age is unparalleled. The process of getting placed into an internship might feel stressful because you have to wait, but it works out and you definitely will have an internship before you take off to whichever city you choose. All I would say that needs to change for the Amsterdam Sage Corps Experience would be to house the cohort somewhere more secure than our last apartment complex. Although my apartment got robbed, it did not feel like it ruined my summer experience. The way that the people back at Sage Corps headquarters took action to first make sure we were all okay and safe and then help us out to receive compensation from the apartment management was really remarkable. All in all, the hands on and impactful work experience I had coupled with the friends and memories I made this summer are all thanks to Sage Corps! If you want a fun summer with other college students and a rewarding internship abroad, Sage Corps is definitely the way to go.

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Danny
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I stayed two months in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. I worked as a marketing intern at an accelerator company called Brinc, which invests in startups around the world. My coworkers were all young and really nice. I definitely felt welcome among them and valued their kindness and mentorship. In Hong Kong, there are tons of great restaurants, cafés (including a mame shiba café I didn't get to visit), beaches, hiking trails, clubs, and bars. There is always something to do, which is really great. Despite the current political climate in HK, the city was super safe and I never once felt worried about my safety. The only thing is that international residents (20% of the population) stay in their bubble and do not really feel as welcome by local Hong Kongers.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was out at 4 AM in Wan Chai and had to run from rubber bullets while waiting for my Uber home. After failed attempts to get a ride home, I found a taxi that just dropped people off at my location and immediately got on it.
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Owen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Sage Corp internship in Hong Kong was life-changing. Before, I didn't have a strong grasp on who I was and what I believe in. It wasn't until I got accepted into Sage Corp that I knew what the summer of 2019 was meant for. After some thought, I realized I had a purpose for going to Hong Kong and what that means to an Asian-American. I was able to spend more time with my extended family and meet people like me from across the globe. I met students with similar life experiences and others unique all the same. I got work experience that will help me stand out in the sea of recent graduates. I was able to learn I met an amazing group of people, expanded my network, and made connections that will stand the test of time. After, I had an experience that couldn't have been timed more perfectly.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
When I went traveling through the cities of Hong Kong, I tasted a variety of local foods. There were many different kinds such as: fish maw, beef tendon, and pork intestines. All were delicious and a one-of-a-kind experience that is hard to find elsewhere.
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Chance
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sage Corps provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime. I embarked on a journey that seriously changed my life. I went abroad to work for a startup in the amazing city of Barcelona. I gained valuable work experience, expanded my network, and had the time of my life. I was able to travel on some of the weekends which resulted in crossing off some bucket list items; running with the bulls and exploring the ruins in Rome. While in Barcelona, I was able to immerse myself in the culture and learn a bit about how international business is conducted. Without Sage Corps, none of this would have been possible. On top of all of that, the Sage Corps experience doesn't end when you return home. You become part of a community that is always willing to help. I am extremely grateful that I was able to participate in their program and join their incredible alumni network.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of all the time you have in your respective city. It goes by in a blink of an eye.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Jacob Gordon

Dual-Degree studying Business Administration and Spanish at the University of Michigan. Originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan. I do not have a go to dance move, I just let the music into my soul and let it go from there.

Why did you pick this program?

I picked Sage Corps program because it seemed like an ideal opportunity to practice my Spanish speaking ability in a native environment. Also, Sage Corps being during the summer allowed me to have an abroad experience (something my business degree was not going to permit).

What do you wish someone had told you before you went abroad?

It will be over before you know it. Two months was not long enough!

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

The most important thing I learned abroad has to be how similar we all are around the world despite different cultures. Although we all come from different lands and backgrounds, young people are similar around the world and are just as curious about your life as you are about theirs.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Do it and don't think twice.

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

The 12 hours it takes to adjust to a new land.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

I have two stories, one involves sneaking into Brazil to see the Foz do Iguacu and another involves a kid in our program getting arrested for hopping the Casa Rosada fence in Buenos Aires.

What made this experience unique and special?

My host family was incredible and an ideal living environment for the summer. I now feel like I have a second home/family in Argentina.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Take advantage of every opportunity. While you will have work responsibilities during the week, make sure to take advantage of your surroundings and travel as often as possible. Even if it means working more hours M-Th so that you can take Friday off for a long weekend.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Rachel Bernstein

Job Title
Program Director
Rachel has worked in the education arena for the last ten years. Whether teaching high school history and economics or tutoring middle and high school students, she has loved working with our world's next generation of leaders. Early in her professional career, Rachel was both a consultant and marketing professional at Accenture. She thoroughly enjoys developing Sage Corps' programming and working with Sage Corps' amazing Fellows.

What position do you hold at Sage Corps? What has been your career path so far?

I am the Director of Programming at Sage Corps, a role that allows me to bring together my previous experiences in the corporate and education sectors. My first job was with Accenture. It was a perfect gig for me at age 22. I learned so much about the business world, about the different cities where I traveled to on a regular basis, and about myself.

After five years I realized that consulting was not the best long-term career path for me, so I took a leap of faith and became a high school teacher. Teaching was much more personally fulfilling. I loved working with great kids and helping to prepare them for their eventual roles as stewards of our world.

At Sage Corps, our Fellows have already accomplished so much in their 20 or so years. It is incredibly exciting to think about what they will achieve in the next 20.

What does the future hold for Sage Corps - any exciting new programs to share?

Sage Corps’ future is so bright! We are thrilled about the prospect of expanding to new countries in 2016. Israel, Australia, and France are on our radar. So are Turkey, Kenya, Colombia, and Brazil.

In addition, we are building out our school-year programming. We will offer both full-time programs and part-time options, which will allow students to work 15-20 hours a week at a startup and attend events that will help immerse them in the local startup community, while also taking a couple of classes.

Lastly, the size of our cohorts continues to grow. From 2014 to 2015, we doubled the number of Fellows in our programs. 100% growth from 2015 to 2016 would be amazing.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

For my whole childhood, my answers were always England and Australia. As an undergrad, I had the awesome opportunity to study and intern abroad in London. Then, a few years ago, I had a chance to spend two incredible weeks in Australia.

I want to take that excruciatingly long series of flights again to see and do more but next time will definitely include at least a week in New Zealand. For me, its amazing natural beauty and outdoor activities are the two biggest draws.

The other country that I really, really, really want to visit is Italy. I have been to every other country in Western Europe (except Portugal), but haven’t stepped foot in Italy. I can’t wait to explore Italian culture, Italy’s fascinating historic cities, and Italian food. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

There are two main reasons why language learning and cultural immersion are important to me, to the whole Sage Corps team, and to our Fellows. Students today will not be living and working in an environment that is divided by political borders.

The more authentic international experiences that students have in their lives, the more able they will be to connect with the huge variety of people that they will encounter professionally.

In addition, I think it is very important to be pushed out of your comfort zone, both geographically and psychologically. Travel, language learning, and cultural immersion go hand-in-hand with cultural and intellectual curiosity. The bottom line is that our next generation of leaders needs to be open-minded and curious about the world.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the Sage Corps team.

Without a doubt, my proudest moments were with our Fellows in Hong Kong and Singapore earlier this summer. Despite major jet lag and insane heat, our students confidently engaged with venture capitalists, leaders of top accelerator programs, and driven entrepreneurs.

They impressively introduced themselves to the startup communities in both cities. They asked great questions and listened intently to the answers. They tried new foods. They navigated intimidating public transportation systems. They bonded immediately with their cohort members. The list goes on and on.

These students are embarking on the experience of a lifetime and, totally honestly, I wish I could walk in their shoes.

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