In the last two weeks, Sage Corps Alum, Giray Ozseker, has given you a VIP tour of what it's like to choose an internship. In week one, he answered "why you should do your internship at a startup instead of a corporation" and last week he tackled "why you should do your internship abroad rather than in the United States." This week, he holds nothing back and, well...it gets real.
Giray provides honest insight into why you should make the decision to choose Sage Corps and what the process is like once you're accepted into the program. In other words, you'll want to read this.
"Ok, now that you know you want to work for a startup abroad, you think you can find it yourself. Why would you want to do it through Sage Corps?"
Upon getting accepted to Sage Corps' cohort for a geographic location, Sage Corps will match you with a startup. They do not only take your skills into account, but they also consider what you want to get out of this experience. That’s the first step where Sage Corps' amazing network proves to be helpful. With a background in economics and statistics, I knew I wanted to get experience in data analytics, so they considered me for several startups who were looking for a data intern, and ultimately I was matched with Auth0. When I was first matched, I did not quite understand what I would do, but after my first Skype chat with my soon-to-be-coworkers, I knew what I would do, and began preparing. During the preparation stage, Sage Corps helped me with the essentials: They established a knowledge base of startups, gave tips and tricks on how to be a proactive intern and make the most out of this experience. Without this help, I would have done this by myself, but probably would get confused with the dump of information out there. Having been there and done that, mentors at Sage Corps play a crucial role in showing the way to the new members of the cohort.
The network that Sage Corps unlocks is not only on the employer side. With all the other Sage Corps Fellows around me, I enjoyed my experience even more. Meeting up with friends after work, talking about our days and exploring Buenos Aires together were a few of the most enjoyable parts of the experience. After a long week, going out, having a delicious Argentine dinner (They eat late! If you are eating before 8 pm in Argentina, you’re doing it wrong) and grabbing some drinks completes the picture very well. Furthermore, you have a large group of people who will want to go on trips with you, and with those, the more is always the merrier. In fact, it turns out that staying in an AirBnB with 9 people instead of a ski hotel makes your costs come down to very little. It isn’t over yet. Even after you’re done with your internship and back on the grind with schoolwork, you’re an integral part of the Sage Corps community. Within the first few weeks of returning home, you are matched with a Sage (hence where the name comes from), who has substantial experience in their respective field. The variety is wide: Entrepreneurs (lots of them), lawyers, consultants, marketers, engineers, salespeople, accountants etc. The purpose of this match is to introduce us, the students, who want to go into their careers with the help of a network, to experts who can guide us along the way. In many cases, you will find your next opportunity through them. In my case, my Sage’s endorsement was a huge contribution to my way into my relationship with a firm. Although I’m still in the process and do not know the result yet, hopefully in a month or so, I will be able to say that she was of crucial help at a turning point in my life!
P.S. HERE'S A SKEAN-PEAK AT NEXT WEEK'S #FELLOWFRIDAY, WHERE GIRAY PERSONALLY ANSWERS THE QUESTION: "My major is not really a “startup major” like Computer Science or Business. How can I work for a startup, and how would that even help me?"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hailing from Istanbul, Giray aspires to be a global professional. He is finishing up his Economics degree at Rice University in Houston, while getting ready for his career as a public accountant. As a wannabe data scientist on the side, Giray is a Sage Corps alum who has done his internship at Auth0 in Buenos Aires as a Data Intern in 2015.