Being Abroad FAQs
Do i have a say in the company that I work for?
All students will interview with 1-2 startup companies before committing. Sage Corps takes information from your interview and connects you to a startup that is the best fit to your skills. Once you speak with the company, you are able to confirm or decline the invitation. If it's not a great match, we'll do our best to find another great one.
How does the “matching process” work?
We'll look at your skills, major, interests, experiences, and goals to determine what might be the best role, and introduce you to a company that is looking to fill that void accordingly. you'll chat with the startup, see if it's the right fit. If it is, great! If not, we'll get you in touch with another company (or two or three) until we find the best fit for you. Of course, we cannot guarantee that any startup will take you - you need to receive an offer from the company. In the rare circumstance that we ultimately cannot place you in your assigned country, we can look at other cities, and as a last resort will issue a full refund.
For more information on our Host Startup visit our Startup Page
How many hours a week will i be working?
If you’re on the full time program, you can expect to be working 35-45 hours a week. For the part-time program, students can expect to work 15-20 hours a week.
What role will i take on with the company?
Within the company, students tend to take one of three roles:
- Biz dev/sales (link to job des)
- Product dev
Each of these roles are very versatile and traditionally get exposure to every facet of the company.
What is a typical day in a startup like?
There is no typical day at a startup! However, you will vary between working on project independently that are your assigned tasks, self-initiated projects, project with your team, and additional professional opportunity with C-level executive at a company.
What goes on during orientation?
The orientation events for each city vary depending on the city itself and also on what events are available at the time you are going abroad.
Here is a Sample Orientation Schedule for your reference.
What are some examples of weekly programs to expect?
Examples of weekly events that you can expect over the course of your program are such as Networking Events, Tours & Presentations at Startup Accelerators, Roundtable Meetings, City-specific Festivals, and other social activities.
For more examples, check out the samplie itinerary on each city page
Will this opportunity be paid?
We ask that all startups provide a stipend for each student in order to compensate them for their time, however, many startups are strapped for cash and may not be able to provide a stipend. During your interview, you’ll be able to note your preference for compensation.
Do I have a network of interns within the country?
We send cohorts of 10-20 students to each city. Outside of the work day, you and the other cohort members can explore as much as you'd like - whether that's going out to dinner, exploring the culture, or traveling outside of the city over a weekend.
How many interns work at each startup?
There are 1-2 Sage Corps Fellows per startup, but each company may have other local or global interns that they are bringing onto the team.