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Sage Corps’ High School Start! Program is a micro-internship where you’ll spend 8 days abroad working on a consulting team for a global startup. This program is ideal for students who want global experience and a unique opportunity to stand out on college applications. You’ll do impactful professional work with the option to earn college credit, and explore your host city abroad with a cohort of new lifelong friends.

Program Highlights

  • Spend one week abroad working with a group of students on a consulting project for a startup 

  • Enjoy included cultural activities throughout the program and a full-day excursion

  • Students can earn university academic credit from our School of Record

  • Opt for a February or March program in Barcelona that fits your schedule

  • Gain a unique global experience that will enhance your college applications 

Program Overview

During your Start! program you are assigned to small teams to work and engage on a consulting-style project for a startup. The groups usually revolve around marketing, business development, or data analytics. You will have dedicated time to work with your group on the project, including a scheduled rehearsal session before your final presentation to the startup client at the end of the program.

How does this program work?

  • Apply on our Website – It’s free to start your application and you can apply in under 10 minutes.

  • Interview with Sage Corps – We want to learn more about you and see if you are a good fit for the program.

  • Accept Offer – Selected candidates will receive an offer to join our program. To accept, you will sign our enrollment agreement and make your initial program payment to secure your spot.

  • Enroll in Skills Academy – You will start hard skill training online in your selected professional track to help prepare you to go abroad and for your professional experience.

  • Pre-Departure Process – We will prepare you to go abroad. We will book your housing and medical insurance for you. We can help advise students who need visas (non-US passport holders) and recommend flights.

  • Intern Abroad – Arrive in your host city for the program. You will have a full schedule that includes project work and cultural activities with your cohort and our staff.

  • Earn Academic Credit – Applicants have the option of enrolling in a 1-credit course to earn university credit and receive a transcript from our School of Record after the program.

  • Join our Alumni Network – After the program, you will become part of our alumni network with networking and career opportunities.

• 3.0 min GPA to apply*

• Currently enrolled High School student with at least sophomore standing

*If you fall below the GPA requirement you will be asked to provide an additional GPA statement.

You have the option to receive university academic credit for this program through our School of Record, Trinity. Students need to opt into the 1-credit course and complete all required assignments. There is an additional $300 cost for the transcript.

Note: Academic credit is contingent on the prospective university registrar’s acceptance of the transfer credit from Trinity. Sage Corps cannot guarantee that the university will accept transfer credit.

Sage Corps closely monitors students’ health and safety during our programming. We work with our international medical insurance provider, the U.S. State Department, and local government authorities alongside our in-country staff to ensure our students’ health and safety.

Learn more about our health and safety protocols here.

February 2024 (Barcelona)

Dec 1 – Application Deadline

Feb 17 – Arrive in Barcelona

Feb 18 – Sage Corps Orientation and Project Introduction

Feb 19– Start Project

Feb 24 – Depart Barcelona

March 2024 (Barcelona)

Jan 5 – Application Deadline

March 23 – Arrive in Barcelona

March 24 – Sage Corps Orientation and Project Introduction

March 25– Start Project

March 30 – Depart Barcelona

Download the Barcelona 2024 Itinerary here.

February and March 2024

Program fee (includes housing) $3,899

Program Inclusions

  • Sage Corps Skills Academy

  • Resume review

  • Pre-departure advising

  • Program housing (hotel rooms)

  • 1-day Orientation

  • Daily breakfast

  • 5 group dinners

  • Welcome and final cohort dinner

  • Project based micro-internship with startup

  • Medical insurance

  • Airport transfers during designated arrival window

  • 24/7 local staff support

  • Optional college credit

  • An unforgettable time abroad!

Program Itinerary

The High School Start! program condenses our longer 8-week full-time internship program into one week. You will not only gain valuable international work experience but also immerse yourself in your local city through participation in cultural activities with your cohort. You can download the Barcelona 2024 sample itinerary below.


Curious to find out more? Get in touch with us today!