Can you believe it? Sage Corps’ Winter 2016 Cohort is more than half way through their global internship experience in Buenos Aires (BA)! As a part of Sage Corps' Team back in Chicago, I got the incredible opportunity to lead a 2-day orientation in BA and spend 3 additional weeks with our 7 Fellows at asados (BBQ), networking events and exploring this amazing city. Through my experience I got to witness, first-hand, what it means to become a Sage Corps Fellow. I recently checked in with our Fellows to get their take on living the Sage Corps life. Below you'll find their responses to these three questions:
WHAT IS IT LIKE SO FAR TO WORK AT A STARTUP IN BUENOS AIRES?
WHAT TWO TRAITS ARE NECESSARY TO LIVE & WORK ABROAD?
WHY HAS THIS COHORT CREATED SUCH A STRONG BOND?
You're more than 1/2 way through your internship abroad experience with Sage Corps. What's your take on working at a startup in Buenos Aires thus far? More specifically, what is it like to work at the startup we matched you with?
Omead Sinai (University of Michigan Fellow/GoodMeal Intern): "Wow! I still can't believe we're more than half-way though our time here. Working at GoodMeal has taught me so much already. Everyday I'm working on something that I've never done before; analyzing data, contacting customers for feedback, meeting about how to change the product accordingly. It's all so relevant to what I will be doing in consulting and it's honestly surprising that I never learned this in college. The GoodMeal team has been amazing in helping to make my experience great and ensuring that I'm doing work that is valuable to both myself and the company."
Olivia Rosen (Dartmouth College/Wayra AR Intern): "From teams taking hour-long lunch breaks on a regular basis, women wearing bright floral rompers, and each and every coworker giving you a kiss and asking you how you are each day - my experience working at Wayra has quickly taught me so much about what “successful office culture” truly means. Far from the traditional, business casual environment I've come to expect, Wayra preaches creativity, no rules, and above all, strong relationships with those around you. While at first I concluded that such an environment would likely result in a less efficient or effective work ethic, I’ve quickly realized that here there exists different paths and metrics of success that are not at all worse, just different."
Dylan Jew (WashU/Auth0 Intern): "Working at Auth0 is at the same time both challenging and inspiring. Whether it involves uptime, security best practices, or thorough testing before pushing changes to production, all the work done here is held to the highest standard. Being in this type of environment makes me want to push myself to learn as much as possible and make the most of my time here."
What are 1-2 traits you think are necessary to do what you're doing (i.e. living abroad AND working at a startup)?
I got to witness the fast and strong bond you created with the other 6 Fellows when I was there leading orientation. What do you think it was/is that makes this cohort so close?
Sierra Lash (University of Michigan/Wideo Intern): "I say this almost every day, but I can't believe how close our cohort is to one another after such a short amount of time. I think that even though a lot of us are in different places in our lives and in our education, being abroad levels the playing field and brings a vulnerability that none of us could avoid that completely brought us together. Being out of our comfort zones and having to explore a new city with each other made our bonds so much stronger. Additionally, I have to give the credit to Sage Corps because I can't believe how like-minded we all are. Everyone is very smart, driven, passionate, and excited to be here and doing this work, but beyond that, we all get along so well outside the networking events. I think these will be friends I will have for a long time, thanks to Sage Corps."
Josh Katlin (UofTexas at Austin, GoodPeople Intern): Our cohort is so close because we all truly have a passion for seeking out new experiences. We all come from different backgrounds, schools, majors - but we all came to Buenos Aires with the same mindset of being adventurous, putting ourselves out there to meet tons of interesting people, and really immersing ourselves in the culture professionally and socially. It's been amazing because we all have different ideas for activities/travels and it has allowed everyone to open up and experience things that we may not have even considered if it wasn't for others in the cohort expressing interest.
Olivia Rosen (Dartmouth College, Wayra AR Intern): While all of the fellows have different academic focuses, geographic backgrounds, and professional experiences, I think what makes us such a close and cohesive group is our like-mindedness when it comes to taking advantage of our experience in Buenos Aires. All of us want to get the most that we can out of our work, the city around us, and unique opportunities, while also enjoying the relaxed, go-with-the-flow energy of BA. Being driven and ambitious, while up for anything, characterizes our group hangouts – on Saturday we found ourselves talking about venture opportunities in LATAM with some Argentine friends while cheering for horses at a derby we accidentally stumbled upon.
Omead Sinai (University of Michigan, GoodMeal Intern): "I love our group! I don't think it's a coincidence that we all get along though. We ended up here because of our similar interests in startups and traveling along with our rigorous academic backgrounds. Therefore, we relate well with each other. I think the Asado at Juan's house made us all really excited to be here and it was so natural to break the ice. We immediately found similarities like mutual friends, hobbies, or experiences that we could bond over. Day two I already knew I had made a great decision by coming to Buenos Aires and joining and Sage Corps."