2017 Program Details

Site Locations

Greater Los Angeles Area

Check the Sites and Mentors page for site specific details.


Program Dates

Session I: Saturday, June 17 – Friday, July 7, 2017 (3 weeks)

Session II: Saturday, July 8 – Friday, July 28, 2017 (3 weeks)

Both Sessions: Saturday, June 17 – Friday, July 28, 2017 (6 weeks)

Session III: Saturday, July 29 – Friday, August 11, 2017 (2 weeks; for SCI-Arc site only)

Regular Application Deadline: April 10, 2017

Extended Deadline for ArtCenter & SCI-Arc only: April 28, 2017



In order to be considered for the program, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be currently in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
  • Must be under the age of 18 for the duration of the program
  • Be highly motivated, high-achieving students
  • Have an interest in pursuing an advanced topic through an in-depth course of study


Some sites require students to be of a minimum age or have prerequisites; these requirements will be listed with the site description. IEA utilizes our portfolio-based application to determine eligibility and to match qualified applicants with the most appropriate sites and mentors.


Program Fees

Session I: $975

Session II: $975

Both Session I & II: $1,950

Session III: $650 (for SCI-Arc site only)

Scholarships and payment plans are available to students in need, and financial concerns should not discourage any student from applying. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Niña Abonal, at Explore@educationaladvancement.org for more information.

Program Fees cover:

  • Weekly educational excursions and workshops
  • 2-day Professional Development Orientation, in-person debrief session, and Final culmination ceremony
  • Matching mentee with a mentor
  • High-quality mentoring experience
  • Laboratory and/or materials fees
  • Direct support from IEA staff throughout the duration of the program



Students must provide their own transportation to and from their work site, weekly excursions/workshops, orientation days, and the final culmination cermony. IEA staff would be happy to assist with  navigating and making recommendations for transportation options and routes.


Housing Accommodations

Students are responsible for securing their own lodging for the entire duration of their program session.

There’s nothing like hands-on learning. We provide ways for high-potential and gifted young adults to explore a career field of interest and start applying their knowledge in an intellectually limitless and nurturing environment.

Externships Providing Leadership Opportunities in Research and Education (EXPLORE) Program matches high-potential and gifted high school students with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest. With the support and guidance of volunteer mentors and IEA staff, students learn about working in a variety of professional settings and advance their skills through the pursuit of knowledge and exposure to optimally challenging learning experiences. Students not only experience growth intellectually and personally, but are able to make pertinent and lasting connections with their mentors and like-minded peers.


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A gifted mind that is fed and fostered can achieve great things. By funding the IEA EXPLORE program, you will not only change a life, you might also spark a discovery that changes the world. Please consider:

Hosting an Extern. Share your professional expertise, time, and support through direct mentorship.

Sponsoring an Extern. Help ensure that no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds.We’ll match you with an IEA Extern and keep you posted on his or her progress and the results of their efforts.

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