Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions that you may have. If your question wasn't answered here, use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page to send us an inquiry!
COST & FINANCIAL AID FAQs
WHAT DOES THE INITAL PAYMENT COVER?
It holds your spot in the program and allows our team to begin the matching process.
CAN I GET/USE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE PROGRAM?
YES. Many of our fellows join the program with some form of scholarship. For more information on Scholarships and Other Financial Aid Resources, please visit this page.
HOW MUCH IN SCHOLARSHIPS IS USUALLY AWARDED?
Depending on the source of funding, fellows have received between 20-80% of the program fees as scholarships.
IS HOUSING INCLUDED? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Housing varies depending on your destination. Please visit our housing page for more detailed information on housing for each city.
WHEN DO YOU BEGIN TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round. We will notify you when we receive your application.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
You will see an immediate confirmation that your application has been received. You should then be hearing from us via email within 1-2 business days if you are selected for an interview. Within 2 weeks, you will hear about a final admissions decision.
Please check your spam to make sure you are receiving emails from Sage Corps.
Please note: We review applications, conduct interviews, and extend offers on a rolling basis.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY INTERVIEW?
After the interview process, we will vet potential startups. For qualified candidates, we will try to extend a formal offer within 3 weeks of your interview.
WHAT DO YOU PREFER IN AN APPLICANT?
We are looking for rockstars. We love hackers, hustlers, designers and especially intelligent go-getters that aren't afraid of hard work. Students who are independent, self-confident and seek to challenge themselves do particularly well in our program.
DO I NEED TO BE FLUENT IN THE LOCAL LANGUAGES?
Paris/Santiago: Yes. Other cities: No. Many of the startups operate in English and all company CEOs are conversant English-speakers.
WHAT TYPE OF UNIVERSITY MAJORS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Sage Corps students apply from different majors, disciplines, and backgrounds. There is no one major that Sage Corps draws from. We encourage all applicants!
WHAT IF MY PARENTS HAVE QUESTIONS?
If your parents have questions, invite them to visit our parents page here.
DO I HAVE A SAY IN THE COMPANY THAT I WORK FOR?
All students will interview with 1 startup company that our team has determined the best fit. You are able to confirm or decline the offer sent by the company. If it's not a great match, we'll do our best to find another great one.
HOW DOES THE “MATCHING PROCESS” WORK?
We'll look at your skills, major, interests, experiences, and goals to determine what might be the best role, and introduce you to a company that is looking to fill that void accordingly. You'll chat with the startup, see if it's the right fit. If it is, great! If not, we'll get you in touch with other companies (one at a time) until we find the best fit for you. Of course, we cannot guarantee that any startup will take you - you need to receive an offer from the company. In the rare circumstance that we ultimately cannot place you in your assigned country, we can look at other cities, and as a last resort will issue a full refund.
For more information on our host startups visit our Startup Page.
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK WILL I BE WORKING?
If you’re in the full time program, you can expect to be working 35-45 hours a week.
WHAT ROLE WILL I TAKE ON WITH THE COMPANY?
Within the company, students tend to take one of four roles:
Business development and sales
Software or hardware development
Each of these roles are very versatile and will traditionally help you get exposed to every facet of the company.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY IN A STARTUP LIKE?
There is no typical day at a startup! However, you will vary between working on projects independently that are your assigned tasks, self-initiated projects, projects with your team, and additional professional opportunities with C-level executives at the company.
WHAT GOES ON DURING ORIENTATION?
The orientation events vary by city, because city has a unique startup ecosystem. Events will also vary by the time of year; the events for one specific city will not be the same year round.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF WEEKLY PROGRAMS TO EXPECT?
Examples of weekly events that you can expect over the course of your program include Networking Events, Tours and Presentations at Startup Accelerators, Roundtable Meetings, Fireside Chats, City-specific cultural activities and other social activities.
WILL THIS OPPORTUNITY BE PAID?
We ask that all startups provide a stipend for each student in order to compensate them for their time. However, many startups are strapped for cash and may not be able to provide a stipend. During your interview, you’ll be able to note your preference for compensation.
DO I HAVE A NETWORK OF INTERNS WITHIN THE COUNTRY?
We send cohorts of 10-20 students to each city. Outside of the work day, you and the other cohort members can explore as much as you'd like - whether that's going out to dinner, exploring the local culture, or traveling outside of the city over a weekend.
HOW MANY INTERNS WORK AT EACH STARTUP?
There are 1-2 Sage Corps Fellows per startup, but each company may have other local or global interns that they are bringing onto the team.
WHAT DO PAST INTERNS USUALLY WALK AWAY WITH FROM THE PROGRAM?
No two interns have the same fellowship experience, and fellows walk away with a variety of skills and insights. Past fellows developed hard skills like practical experience with coding, data analytics, content development, or business development and sales. They have also developed soft skills like interpersonal communication, time management, cross cultural understanding, and flexibility. Beyond these skills, students have gained the ability to network and promote themselves to future their professional and personal goals.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THEIR SUCCESS STORIES?
We have many! But, our exit surveys show that the majority of our fellows walk away with new and unique experiences that they feel they can bring to future endeavors such as their coursework, future internships, or future full-time jobs.
HAVE COMPANIES OFFERED FELLOWS A FULL-TIME POSITION?
Yep! Obviously that differs based on the startup, but there are absolutely opportunities for future connections.
WHO ARE THE ALUMNI?
We have alumni across the globe, who are taking part in startups, Fortune 500 companies, or pursuing further education. It is a great network that is very connected.
HOW ACTIVE IS THE ALUMNI NETWORK? HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Sage Corps alumni network is very active! Our alumni form universities and cities across the world connect to share their Sage Corps experiences with future fellows and to offer one another professional advice and share job opportunities. The Sage Network is a great opportunity for Sage Corps Alumni and current fellows to broaden their professional networks and build lifelong friendships.