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University Spotlight: Claremont McKenna College

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Located in beautiful Claremont, California at the foot of the San Gabriel mountains, Claremont McKenna College is home to some of the nation's brightest liberal arts students.

Six of them left Claremont for the summer to intern around the world as Sage Corps fellows. We spoke with four of them about their experiences.

Kimmy Tuttle

Kimmy spent her summer in Dublin as an intern at FenestraPro, a startup that provides cloud-based software tools for architects to optimize the design of building facades. At FenestraPro, Kimmy worked on redesigning the company's website and managed customer relations initiatives.

She is a junior studying International Relations and Legal Studies.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

I chose Sage Corps because it offered me a vacation and work experience in one. I could explore a city that many of my friends had recommended to me while experiencing my first professional tech environment.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

One of my biggest wins of the summer was the people I lived with. My cohort was awesome and I lived in an apartment with 5 of them; it could not have been better. We are all best friends and did a lot of fun things together. It was really nice to get home from work to a house full of friends.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you've learned or strengthened during your internship?

The most valuable skill I learned during my internship was adaptability. I came in with an open mind and was able to learn a lot more because of it. I did not expect to do so much web design, but I did and I learned a ton. Being adaptable in any workplace is crucial, and working abroad teaches you how to do it very quickly.

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

It has given me a taste of industry-level work and what electrical engineering is like in the real world. It has helped me decide what my major is, as well as what kind of a worker I am.

Upon graduation, Kimmy plans to gain international work experience before attending law school.

Kimmy and Kazandra's cohort adventuring in Ireland.

Kimmy and Kazandra's cohort adventuring in Ireland.

Kazandra Zelaya

Like Kimmy, Kazandra spent her summer in Dublin. She worked as an intern at Sensipass, a technology company that specializes in three-step security authentication. At SensiPass, Kazandra worked on the company's biometrics face scanner.

She is a rising sophomore. Although she hasn't yet decided on a major, she knows that she wants to pursue a career in the STEM field.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

Developing relationships with a diverse group of minds within my cohort.

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort?

On a weekend trip to Galway, one of the many famous cities in Ireland, I visited the ruins of Menlo Castle. It has been my long-life dream to visit such ruins and it was an incredible experience.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while abroad in your city?

I believe I subconsciously placed the United States at the center of most activities related to entrepreneurship and technology. However, after being in Ireland for only a couple of weeks, I removed this perspective. The startup scene and culture in Dublin is enormous and steadily growing. There is so much talent and creativity in Ireland that it would be a shame to only look to the United States for guidance in these fields. Since I plan to work internationally, I find this mental reminder refreshing.

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

Although my internship was technical in nature, since I was able to interact with the CEO closely, I was able to pick up small entrepreneurial traits as well. The ability to see the connection between entrepreneurship and technology will be vital when I am pursuing my MBA/MS in STEM. Additionally, I plan to do work outside of the United States and interning internationally has aided me by mentally removing America from the center of all business interactions.  

After receiving her Bachelor's degree, Kazandra plans to pursue a joint MBA/MS in Engineering then earn her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Adele English

Adele was in Buenos Aires, Argentina this summer working as an intern for Increase, an online platform that simplifies the control of credit card payments received by merchants in a safe and secure way. At Increase, Adele worked as a Business Associate Intern. She worked directly with Increase executives on product and marketing strategies.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

When I looked ahead to the summer I knew I wanted to work for a startup or live abroad, and Sage Corps gave me the opportunity to do both.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

One of the most valuable lessons from living abroad is learning to be open minded. Allowing yourself to go all-in and live without inhibition is the best way to learn.

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort so far this summer?

We were always having a great time exploring, dancing, and eating our way through the city together.

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

I am not sure what I will be doing post-grad, but this experience is proving invaluable in broadening my perspective and learning about the way I think and approach the world.

Her favorite advisor at CMC, Kari Rood, offered her insights on the value of an international internship experience for her students.

“The experiences that my students have while interning abroad provide them with a global perspective that in turn impacts the way they interact with our campus community. They learn more about cultural impact on working styles and social understanding and become more engaged individuals as a result.”

Adele's favorite professor at CMC, Laura Grant, Assistant Professor of Economics, also shared her insights on Adele's Sage Corps fellowship.

"During study abroad, even the brightest student acquires much more than she seeks. The exposure provides skills and competencies that a professor cannot teach in the classroom. Other cultures inform thinking and broaden perspectives, which the student then weaves into everyday interactions and solving big challenges. Sage Corps pushes the practicality further by layering on a learning-by-doing internship. Perhaps most importantly, the experiences also tap into our innate senses of humanity and connectedness. The student returns to campus reflecting the newly ingrained knowledge. She makes more of a practice not simply to exist in the world, but to enrich and to pass on this inheritance. "

Upon graduation, Adele plans to follow her gut instincts and enjoy whatever opportunities present themselves.

Adele and and some of her cohort smiling with their sandwiches in Buenos Aires!

Adele and and some of her cohort smiling with their sandwiches in Buenos Aires!

Hunter Kettering

Like Adele, Hunter spent his summer in Buenos Aires. He interned at PagoRural, a company with the mission of helping individuals in the agribusiness gain capital in a lower-risk, more efficient way than that of traditional lending institutions.

He is a rising sophomore and is currently undecided.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while abroad in your city?

I would say learning how to navigate a city alone, that I've never been to before, especially when I don't speak a word of the local language, has really increased my appreciation for my life back home. It has also developed my patience and has given me mental strength. If I can adapt and hustle here, I'm sure I can do it anywhere.

Name one of the biggest challenges you've overcome this summer.

Balancing a 12 hour job with extracurriculars was a feat.

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

This experience was as great as it can get for me because I was surrounded by entrepreneurs (and I hope to be one one day) every single day. I learned the character traits necessary to be one, the intellectual capacity required for success, and how to get support for your startup. All of these are incredible insights that directly translate over to my future ambitions.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

I decided to participate in Sage Corps because I wanted to work at a startup with a global mindset, and this was the best way of getting connected and introduced to that world.

Post-graduation, Hunter plans to travel the world and be an entrepreneur.

We are so impressed with all of our Summer 2017 CMC fellows! We know that they all have bright futures ahead, regardless of the paths they choose!


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University Spotlight: Northwestern University

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Whether they’re enjoying Dillo day, cheering on Chicago's Big Ten Team, or spending time on the Lakefill, the Wildcats are living the good life in Evanston.

But, what about their experiences off-campus? When they’re not in Evanston, where in the world are the Wildcats and what are they doing?

Keep reading to find out about three Northwestern students and their adventures this summer as Sage Corps fellows.

 Griffin Bourjaily

Griffin is living in Chicago this summer and working as an intern at Coder, a venture development services startup. He is currently working with one of Coder's main clients, a mobile platform that assists veterans with the transition into civilian life, and is creating a suite of investor materials for the founder and a pricing package for the company. He is also developing marketing and expansion strategies for Coder to improve the company's sales initiatives. Griffin is a rising senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Business.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

"Finishing a financial model for the veteran services client that took us two weeks to find the data to back up our claims."

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

"I would say my technical skills related to strategic thinking."

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

"I think Sage Corps not only looks great on a resume, but also gives students an opportunity to learn about a whole new industry that they wouldn't normally have access to. Without Sage Corps, I don't know if I would've been able to break into the tech startup industry unless I decided to create my own startup down the road. However, I am now more prepared for that path and know the ins and outs of the tech industry."

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort so far this summer?

"I would say the Startup Grind event powered by Google Entrepreneurs. We helped decide what startup would receive funding which is really cool to be in that position."

Griffin plans to pursue a career in management consulting upon graduation.

Ezequiel Linares

Zeke is currently in Buenos Aires working as an investment research analyst intern at Wayra, Telefonica’s startup accelerator and venture capital fund that focuses on seed investments. Zeke has a variety of responsibilities at Wayra but is currently working on analyzing the company’s portfolio companies and finding feasible fundraising opportunities for the group’s entrepreneurs. He uses Wayra’s consolidated database of Latin American Venture Capital funds and Angels to match compatible entrepreneurs and investors.

Zeke is a rising junior majoring in Industrial Engineering, minoring in Business Institutions, and pursuing a certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

“Initially, I was tied between doing a domestic internship and wanting to study abroad this summer. I decided to participate in Sage Corps because it strikes a good balance between the two different experiences I was seeking. Outside of connecting me with an incredible internship opportunity, Sage Corps provided me a really cool cohort to explore Buenos Aires with and an engaged Country Manager who is always on call for any questions. More importantly, though, Juan, our Country Manager, has been able to set my cohort up with amazing professional opportunities to network with companies such as KMPG, Google, and an awesome co-working space called La Maquinita.”

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while abroad in your city?

“The most valuable lesson that I have learned while abroad in my city is that good stories are waiting to be made. Sometimes the best nights are the spontaneous ones that weren't planned earlier that day. So always be open minded to any activities and you'll be surprised at how fun they end up being.”

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

“This experience has helped me get closer to achieving my career goals because it has given me the ability to immerse myself in an entirely new situation and forced me to think quickly on my feet. I believe that regardless of the career path that I end up going down, the global perspective I will have developed by the end of my 8-week journey will prove useful in helping me think outside the box when confronted with any difficult problem-solving scenarios.”

 Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

“One of my biggest wins of the summer thus far was attending an exclusive event hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs at AreaTres, which is a co-working space in Palermo Soho. There was delicious food, fantastic drinks, and live music. Not to mention an uncanny amount of networking. By the end of the night, I was able to connect with a couple of gentlemen who received an award at the most recent NASA Hackathon and am now currently in the works of sourcing them as an investment opportunity for Wayra."

Post-gradation, Zeke plans to enter the consulting field and work as a management consultant.

Zeke and his cohort enjoying the local culture in Buenos Aires.

Zeke and his cohort enjoying the local culture in Buenos Aires.

Ignacio de Osma

Like Griffin, Ignacio is currently interning at Coder Inc. in Chicago. Some of his responsibilities include developing the financial forecasts for one Coder's clients, working on Coder's cryptocurrencies initiatives, and working on a "venture challenge," in which he and a colleague were given an idea and had to prepare for a mock investor pitch. 

Ignacio is majoring in Economics and Mathematics and minoring in computer science.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

I decided to participate in Sage Corps because it provided me the opportunity to learn from a completely new experience and hence gain new skills, and at the same time meet new and amazing people!

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

Although I have gained many skills, both technical and personal, I believe the biggest win was meeting the people I work with. I think the friendships I have established will last longer than anything else.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

I believe the most valuable lesson I learned during my internship was the ability to perform a decent outcome in an unknown situation.

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while in your city?

Although I reside in Illinois, I had the opportunity to know people from very different places. Therefore, I had the opportunity to gain insight into different cultures and ways of life.

Although Ignacio doesn't have any concrete post-graduation plans, he feels that his Sage Corps fellowship helped him gain skills that will be transferable to any of his future careers.

So, there you have it! As you can see, Zeke, Griffin, and Ignacio are making tangible, practical contributions to their startups this summer and building valuable professional skills. We’re excited to see where this journey takes them!


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University Spotlight: University of Michigan

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As the saying goes, “Wherever you go, Go Blue.” This couldn’t be more true for our University of Michigan fellows. This summer alone, 18 Michigan undergraduates and recent graduates are spread across nine cities around the world (Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dublin, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Paris, and Sydney), bringing the total number of University of Michigan participants in our program to 35 since 2014.

As a proud Michigan alumna myself, I can’t help but say “Go Blue” to that!

We at Sage Corps HQ decided to speak with several current Michigan fellows to hear about their summers firsthand.

Read on to learn about the innovative work they’ve done and the amazing experiences they’ve had!

Rebecca Sinha

Rebecca is currently interning in Buenos Aires at Flimper, a tech startup that provides advertising and marketing services to large companies like Sprint, Verizon, and Facebook through the use of Twitter. Rebecca helps with blogs, analyzing the success of campaigns by writing cases studies, and reaching out to contacts in New York to secure new clients.

She just finished her freshman year at Michigan.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

“This program was highly recommended by my friends at Michigan, and I wanted to study and travel abroad this summer.”

 How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

“This experience gave me an exact idea of what life is like in the corporate world, and what it is like to work at a startup company.”

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while abroad in your city?

“I believe the most valuable lesson I have learned is to always be open to new things and experiences, but proceed with caution and be aware of your surroundings.”

At this time, Rebecca plans to attend medical school or obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health or Business upon graduation.

Mikey Trahan

Mikey, a rising sophomore in the Ross School of Business, is currently Down Under in Sydney. He is a marketing and business strategy intern at Woveon, a software customer service company that implements AI and ML into its software to make customer service processes at companies quick and easy. His responsibilities include content marketing and attending networking events with the CTO to increase brand awareness.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

“My biggest win of the summer has simply been coming to Sydney. I have always wanted to come to Australia and Sage Corps gave me this great opportunity.”

Name one of the biggest challenges you’ve successfully overcome this summer.

“I guess the biggest challenge was basically being dropped off in a new country and just figuring everything out. It took about 2 days to get used to this new culture.”

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened while abroad in your city?

“You have to be adaptable. Our cohort is from all over the US and comes from very different backgrounds so you have to change plans and go with the flow.”

When asked who his favorite Michigan instructor is, Mikey immediately responded with Sarah Zimmerman, LEO Lecturer of Business Communication and Lecturer of Executive Education at the Ross School of Business. Sarah earned her MBA with honors from the University of Toledo.

She offered her insights into the power of an international internship for Mikey and his classmates.

"Working abroad changed my life, so I encourage my students to consider going abroad early in their lives too. Immersive foreign internship programs allow participants to see new industry and cultural approaches in action, and programs with administrative support can allow students—and parents—to feel more at ease."

Mikey would like to work at a large bank doing mergers and acquisitions upon graduation, perhaps even in Sydney.

Mikey and his cohort smiling in Sydney.

Mikey and his cohort smiling in Sydney.

Jason Pi

Jason is working in Buenos Aires as a graphic design intern at Viaedu, a company that replaces costly in-person career counseling with an online test designed to assist students in choosing a career path best suited for them.

He is a rising sophomore in the Stamps School of Design.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

“Being able to come to this program has been the largest win thus far. I couldn't imagine spending our notorious four months of summer stuck at home.”

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

“It's only been three weeks so far, but I've learned that the people are the most important part of a startup, not the idea. Any idea could be made brilliant, but only if the team is capable of doing so.”

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort so far this summer?

“I went to a private networking event hosted by Google with two other fellows, where we listened to music, played ping pong, and talked to lots of cool people.”

After graduating, Jason plans to first take a year to travel the world.

William Juang

Like Mikey, William is interning in Sydney this summer. He works at FreightExchange, an online logistics company offering interstate freight transport via road, rail, sea and air freight services and solutions across Australia. At FreightExchange, William diagnoses and fixes problems on the company website and is also developing a chatbot to help the company streamline its customer service efforts.

He graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and a minor in Statistics.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

“I did not get the chance to study abroad my freshman and sophomore years in college, so as a student that just graduated I felt that this would be one of the few opportunities left to do so.”

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

“Living right next to Bondi Beach, one of the best beaches in the world (even though it is winter here).”

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

“After interning at a big company last year I felt like I wasn't making enough of an impact and working at a startup is a complete 360. Also, this internship confirmed that I am going down a path that will continue to interest and challenge me in the future.”

During William’s time at Michigan, he had one instructor in the School of Information, Colleen Van Lent, who really impacted his education. Colleen earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science and is a Lecturer IV in the School.

She shared her ideas on William’s participation in Sage Corps with us.

"Despite the current pressure among college students to maintain a high GPA, I always encourage my students to relax about grades and instead focus on the many experiences they can access at Michigan outside the classroom. The Sage Corps program looks like a great fit for UMSI alum. The majority of our students want to take the risks and do something outside the box. William was a student of mine in 2015 and I am not surprised to see him doing a program like this. He has that great combination of technical skills, combined with an eagerness to work as part of a diverse team on challenging problems."

William plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Analytics. 

Katie Casselton

In Dublin this summer, Katie is interning at Groopeze, a software platform that makes the management and payment of group bookings easier for consumers. She is helping the company launch its new website, create content, and develop a marketing strategy.

Katie is a rising junior majoring in Industrial Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship.

Why did you decide to participate in Sage Corps?

“I wanted to do an internship but also wanted to study abroad, so this was the best of both worlds.”

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

“The most valuable lesson is to learn how to be proactive and find things to do. Often startups don’t have the resources to have someone give you tasks constantly, so helping out where I can and volunteering to assist on projects is important.”

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort so far this summer?

“My cohort and I went to Galway, and we hiked out in the country and found the ruins of a castle. It was completely abandoned and we were the only ones there, so it was really cool to explore that.”

Although she is unsure of her exact plans upon graduating, Katie hopes to be working in a business development or business analytics role.

Katie and her cohort enjoying the scenery in Dublin.

Katie and her cohort enjoying the scenery in Dublin.

Even though all of these fellows come from the same university, it is clear that their fellowship experiences have been totally different! Living and working abroad means different things to different people, and our team loves what we do because we get to see how each student benefits from our program in his or her own way.

We know that Rebecca, Mikey, Jason, Katie, William, and the 13 other Sage Corps summer 2017 Michigan fellows will find success in their future professional endeavors— and we will be here to support them every step of the way!


Interning abroad provides valuable experience that employers love to see. Join the less than 1% of college students gaining international work experience today.