Dublin

What's Start! All About?

Dublin J-Term Cohort

Last January, we were proud to roll out our pilot Start! Program in Dublin, Ireland!

Our very own Director of Programming, Cara, flew across the pond with students Adele, David, Camilla, Owen, Lauren, and Tristan to lead them through a two-week micro-internship, where they acted as consultants for two startup companies.

So why did these students decide to take us up on this opportunity, you ask? We asked them the same thing.

“I’ve always wanted to experience working professionally abroad,” Camilla explained. “So, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try that out.”

David shared, “I wanted to get more work experience, but mainly I wanted to be able to get experience working in a different country. I had never been to Dublin and the dates lined up, luckily, so it was an easy choice!”

Adele, on the other hand, was not there to participate in the micro-internship. As a Sage Corps 2017 alumna, Adele tagged along as a Project Manager to help the other students develop their projects. How? She explains, “My performance and enthusiasm as a Sage Corps Summer 2017 fellow led me to the Start! Program. The experience I gained working abroad during the Summer was directly applicable to my ability to make positive contributions to it.”

Start! Program Fellows

What Did They Do?

Start! Fellows Lauren and Tristan were placed on the Groopeze team, and were instructed to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Groopeze competitors’ social media presences, research social media best practices (type of content, posting frequency, etc.), build familiarity with and utilize a social media scheduler tool, develop a template for a content marketing plan, and utilize marketing template to schedule posts for a predetermined time frame.

Separately, fellows David, Camilla, and Owen were placed on the Popertee team, and were instructed to conduct a comprehensive review of the layout and content of the existing website, analyze user trends on existing the site, research UX/UI best practices, make recommendations on UX/UI, develop content (written/video) and future A/B testing recommendations based on learnings from applicable data, and provide B2B market research solutions.

Groopeze Team

Groopeze Team

Popertee Team

Popertee Team

Throughout the two weeks, both teams worked alongside Adele to execute the projects that their startup had given them. On their last day, the Fellows presented their findings/recommendations to the startups - and the response from the startups was overwhelming.

Joe from Popertee, Head of Product and Operations at the startup, explained, “the amount of work the guys put in over the last couple of weeks was clearly evident, I was very impressed. The insights and recommendations were amazing considering they did not know Popertee existed not that long ago.” Additionally, Darragh, CEO of Groopeze, stated, “I thought the presentation was excellent and the quality of the students was phenomenal - all three of them will have no problem walking into a senior position when they graduate.”

Of course, this micro-internship experience was quite different than most other internship experiences the students had previously held. David explained, “I wasn’t used to working so closely with other students. My past internship experiences have mainly been me doing my own tasks and not on teams. The Start! Program has been my only real team internship experience and taught me a lot about coordinating and task-managing with other people. The only times I had ever done that before was during school, which is a very different environment.”

Additionally, Camilla noted, “It was different because we were given more autonomy. We worked together in small groups, away from the company, so we were able to do things on our own terms, really acting as true consultants.”

Interns Hard at Work

What Did They Learn?

Through this internship experience, the fellows were able to identify and approach work challenges in a whole new way. Camila shared, “My micro-internship taught me how to surround the business problem and attack it from many angles, and how to strategically get inside the minds of consumers and work toward a solution from their point of view.”

And apart from hard skills, the fellows’  soft skills were also challenged. Specifically for David, he noted an improvement in time management skills. Luckily, those skills were transferable to his next big professional move: “As an intern at two film production companies this summer, I definitely had to know the value of time and make sure I could handle everything on my plate. By the way, in the summer interviewing process, more than a few of my interviews were started with "Tell me about how you got to Dublin!"

Adele’s experience was obviously quite different, working on and leading both teams. With a whole new level of responsibility, her leadership skills were put to the test:

“This program was monumental for my professional development. The opportunity allowed me to lead my peers in a professional setting with a high level of responsibility. I was able to put together high impact work and have conversations with leadership from multiple startups. The level of responsibility and expectations combined with high impact work in such a short time frame is unparalleled. The Start! Program helped me become a more confident and capable young professional, which has been evident through my work in the consulting industry following the program.”

Dublin Interns

“Sage” Advice for Future Fellows

This year, we are pleased to be sending TWO cohorts on our Start! Program - to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Berlin, Germany.

When we asked Camilla why or why not she would tell a fellow student to follow in her footsteps and participate in Start!, she responded, “I would recommend a prospective student participate in Sage Corps’ Start! because it is crucial to your professional development, immersing you in challenging business projects right away. Additionally, its an awesome way to meet new people from around the US and the world!”

David agreed, adding that the Start! Program “allows you to travel to an amazing place and immerse yourself there in the work (and play) culture. You get valuable experience working on team projects and you get incredible travel memories (not to mention new friends that you will continue to keep in touch with).”

We get it - you’ve never heard of an experience like this one. It’s new, it’s different, and you’re excited about it! ….and also still a little unsure. But take it from Camilla, who told us “I had nothing to be nervous about!”


We want YOU to join us this Winter for our 2019 Start! Program!

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Alumni Story: Noa Monheimer

Alumni Story: Noa Monheimer

Sage Corps helped me stand out during recruiting for my junior year internship in Product Management at Verizon, and my full-time job after college as Procurement Analyst at Nike. No other applicants had global work experience apparently, and that was something two large global enterprises liked a lot.

University Spotlight: Claremont McKenna College

Claremont

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!


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

University Spotlight: University of Michigan

Michigan

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.