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It’s no secret that Portugal is now consistently showing up at the top of most lists of best cities for expats. Thanks to a recently introduced digital nomad visa option, Lisbon is quickly welcoming a new wave of digital nomads and remote workers. The maze of historic cobblestone streets that run down to the Mediterranean Sea make for an incredible work environment. The cheap eats and waterfront views make Lisbon an affordable paradise for the summer!

Program Highlights

  • Get a glimpse of the digital nomad lifestyle with the support of a Sage Corps cohort, living with other interns and attending local events led by Sage Corps’ City Manager
  • One of the oldest cities in Europe, you will love not only Lisbon’s historic sites but also the vibrant culture, and beautiful weather with an average of more than 300 sunny days per year
  • This program is one of our more affordable summer abroad options due to Lisbon’s amazing cost of living
  • Gain unique global experience that will make you stand out in future job interviews

Program Overview

Internship at startups in Lisbon include sales/business development, digital marketing, data analytics, software development, UX/UI design, graphic design and finance/business analytics across a variety of industries.

Example Placements

    Please note that these are just examples of placements from previous years. Internships depend on our startup partners and available roles for your term.

    • Work as a business development intern or put your UI/UX skills to use at Pearl Jars, a new brand of jars in Europe that is committed to eco-friendly packaging to everyday household products.
    • Marketing or business development internship at Productized where they hold annual conferences about product thinking, product management and user experience. Participants of the conference attend amazing workshops, get inspired through countless speakers and are able to get connected with other product leaders.

    How does this program work?

    • Apply on our Website – it’s free to start your application and 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 your hard and soft skill training online in your selected track to help prepare you for your internship.
    • Interview with Startup – Based on your internship role and location preferences, we will match you with a startup for an interview. 
    • Pre-Departure Process – We will prepare you to go abroad. This means help with everything from applying for your visa to booking flights. We will book your housing and medical insurance for you.
    • Intern Abroad – Arrive in Lisbon for your orientation program and then start your 8-week internship. You will attend included cultural activities with your cohort and our staff.
    • Join our Alumni Network – after the program you join our alumni network with networking and career opportunities.
    • 3.0 min GPA to apply*
    • Currently enrolled university student or recent graduate
    • All majors are eligible to apply
    • All internships are conducted in English unless discussed otherwise

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

    You have the option to receive academic credit for this program through our School of Record, Trinity. Students typically earn between 3-6 credits and there is an additional $350 cost for the transcript. Learn more.

    Sage Corps Orientation

    Our orientation program is designed to acquaint you with your new home and prepare you to make the most out of your internship. You will meet our local staff and the other Sage Corps interns in your city cohort.

    Cohort Events

    You will meet with your cohort throughout the program to participate in cultural events. Our staff will plan an event schedule specific to your time in the city. Past cohorts attended activities such as a picnic at one of the many beaches around Lisbon, exploring the Sintra Pena Palace and watching the sunset at Cais do Sodré. 


    Your housing is pre-arranged as part of your program. All housing is shared apartment style accommodation with other Sage Corps interns in the city and near public transportation. Although placement locations vary, all housing is within commuting distance of your host company.

    Local Staff

    Your Lisbon City Managers are your go-to local staff during your time abroad. You will meet them upon arrival and they are there to support you as needed during your time abroad.

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

    Learn more about our Health & Safety protocols here.

    March 20, 2024 – Late Application Deadline

    April 11, 2024 – Extended Deadline for Select Locations

    June 23, 2024 – Arrive in Lisbon

    June 23-24, 2024 – Lisbon Orientation

    June 25, 2024 – Internship begins 

    August 16, 2024 – Internship Ends

    August 17, 2024 – Program Ends

    Summer 2024

    Program fee and housing: $7,399

    Program Inclusions

    • Sage Corps Skills Academy
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation training
    • Pre-departure advising
    • 8-weeks furnished housing
    • 2-day Orientation
    • Welcome, midpoint, and final cohort dinner
    • Internship with startup
    • 4 included group activities
    • Medical insurance
    • 24/7 local staff support
    • An unforgettable summer abroad!

    What’s not Included

    • International flight ($900-$1,400)
    • Transport to/from the airport ($2 (public transit), $20 (taxi))
    • Visa – n/a
    • Food ($250-$400/per month)
    • Public transportation ($50 monthly pass)
    • eSIM or phone data ($38/per month)
    • Laundry ($4 wash and $3.50 for dry)
    • Housing Security Deposit (€300 Refundable)
    • Gifts/Souvenirs ($200)

    There are a variety of ways Sage Corps applicants typically fund their program, from university grants, external scholarships, partial Sage Corps scholarships, and parental support. Many of our internship placements also provide a small stipend to help reimburse students for basic costs while abroad. Learn more.

    Ready to go abroad?

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