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In May 2003, I graduated from Penn with honors and a double major. I thought employers would line up to hire me. Not quite. With zero job offers, I did what every unemployed college graduate would do:
I HOPPED ON A FLIGHT DOWN TO SOUTH AMERICA.
Just after arriving in Buenos Aires, I knew I had to stay. Resume in hand, I went door-to-door looking for work at every multinational company, hotel and restaurant in the city. Three months later, I accepted an offer to work as an unpaid intern at a local newspaper. To pay the bills, I made $5/hour teaching English to corporate executives. At the time, I did not know how this experience could help me, either professionally or personally, but my gut said it would. And it did.
Armed with the unique international experience, I was accepted to Northwestern Law School for the following year. I returned to school as a fluent Spanish-speaker and went on to develop a niche litigation practice representing Latin American companies at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. My "investment" paid off, to say the least.
Now, I want to to pay it forward.
Sage Corps began as an idea on a legal pad in 2012 to send a "corps" of college students abroad to get impactful professional experience. Now we are expanding our programming to five continents. We are looking for top college students to connect with global startups and our network of "Sages" (career mentors) and corporate partners. If you want to help build a global startup, build a global network, and build a global career, we would love to meet you!