Sage Corps

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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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Luke
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sage Corps was an excellent program with plenty of support and resources that were always at my cohort’s disposal. The process of getting into my start up was stressful yet rewarding and everything worked out just the way they said it would. If it wasn’t for Sage Corps I would not have had the amazing life-changing experience that I had, and for that I thank them. Amsterdam was an amazing city to live in, but after traveling Europe I know that no matter what city I worked in, it would’ve been an outstanding experience. Interning abroad was invaluable to both my professional and individual growth. On the whole, I enjoyed the whole experience in terms of the program, and the city. Could not have better words to share for this company on the whole. Such a great experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Choosing a housing situation that is both safer and closer to the city.
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Michael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The events Sage Corps lined up for us were a good combination of social, networking, and skill building opportunities. The community managers were all terrific and helped me along the way as I navigated my internship and networking events. Overall, Sage Corps is a great program, that allowed me to further my career and put me on the path towards securing a great full time offer. The networking events at 1871 were all top notch and I encourage any undergraduate students who are looking to move their career forward to consider Sage Corps. I was looking to break into tech as all my previous internship experience were at non-technical companies. Sage Corps helped me find a technology startup in Chicago that has allowed me to secure interviews with larger technology companies. Great program, 10/10 recommend!

What would you improve about this program?
I think I would just make sure that you are engaging with your cohort and hang out with them outside of work.
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Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A 10/10 experience, being a Sage Corps fellow has been absolutely incredible! I just spent 8 weeks participating in the Barcelona summer internship program, and I have to admit that I was pretty nervous before I arrived since this was the first year Sage Corps has ever had a cohort in Barcelona and I wasn’t sure how great my startup work experience would be as a result. Once I began working, I was completely blown away by my startup and the professional experience I gained in addition to the strong mentor relationship I developed with my bosses. I worked at an experience-sharing social media platform doing business development directly under the COO, and I was encouraged to pursue my passions within the company and develop skill sets beyond my defined role. The skills I’m taking away will certainly apply perfectly to future coursework and positions I’m seeking in business strategy.

Sage Corps worked very closely with me throughout the entire matching process to make sure I was not only satisfied with the company I would be spending my summer working for, but actually really excited by the work I would be doing and the people I would be working with! Without Sage Corps, I never would have been able to work directly under an executive of a company and take ownership of projects that will tangibly affect its success while also having conversations for hours about life and career advice!

In addition to the professional experience I gained from this summer, I also had the opportunity to connect with other students from all across North America through my Sage Corps cohort and many more international students through our residence. We had tons of fun exploring Barcelona and traveling the rest of Europe together! From the random kitchen hangouts to the beach trips to the events organized by our awesome city leads, we spent a ton of time together and I’m lucky to call my cohort some of my closest friends :)

I’m so glad I took the leap of faith to spend my summer abroad, gain valuable work experience, and make great friends simultaneously, and I couldn’t have done it without the immense help of Sage Corps! Thank you!

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Natalie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After spending the summer working and living in Stockholm, I can say I would definitely recommend the program. I had an amazing experience with my cohort; collectively, we were able to maintain a nice work hard, play hard balance. The housing accommodations were also great. We were placed in a modern apartment/hotel where there was weekly cleaning and free on-site laundry.
On the professional side of things, my experience was okay. Many times, the other intern and I were the only ones in the office (the company was small - 2 people total). Our bosses were open to messages, but they weren't always super responsive, so it was hard to get feedback and move on to next tasks. In addition, the networking/cultural events were rarely beneficial and seemed to be a waste of time. Although, I don't necessarily blame this on the city lead as they've obviously never attended the event so they also wouldn't know what to expect.

What would you improve about this program?
I would decrease the cost of the program. The program
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Jasmine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing experience thanks to Sage Corps. Before coming to Australia, I thought I would be so worried and nervous about working in another country for 2 months. Surprisingly, I wasn't. I wasn't stressed because Sage Corps organized my housing, connected me with potential employers, and had city managers I could talk to about my life in Melbourne. The only thing I had to do was book flights. Even though it would have been nice to get a detailed schedule of the program before it started, the city and community managers of Sage Corps were very responsive to my inquiries.

I am so glad I decided to do this program because I had the best internship experience. I thought my first ever internship would mostly be composed of printing documents and getting coffee. However, my experience was the total opposite. I was given a lot of responsibilities and all of my work went into great use. I was making a difference in my workplace. My coworkers were very welcoming and inspiring. At the end of 2 months, I didn't want to leave.

I loved the city of Melbourne as well. It is filled with culture, kind people, and good food. The architecture is beautiful and the wall arts give the city more character. It is easy to get around the city thanks to all the public transportation. Also, there is always something to do, ranging from visiting the winter markets to going on a bar crawl.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this program. It was one of the best experiences I've had.

What would you improve about this program?
1. I would lower the cost.
2. I would choose professional workshops that are related to what the students are studying and what they would be interested in.