About EXPLORE

There’s nothing like hands-on learning. We provide ways for highly motivated, high-potential 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.

The Life of an IEA EXPLORE Extern

 

Before students begin their work experience, they will participate in a 2-day Professional Development Orientation  with the goal of helping each student prepare for their placement. They will then work collaboratively with their Mentors’ teams during the workday, Monday through Thursday, for 3 to 6  weeks during the summer. Every Friday, students attend college and professional development workshops and educational excursions with  their cohort so they can continue to build connections with like-minded peers and strengthen the skills they need to be successful at their externship and beyond. At the end of their externship, student participate in an in-person debrief session with IEA staff and a culmination ceremony where they will reflect on their experiences and present what they learned while working at their site.

 

IEA Externs will:

  • Perform advanced research and apply their knowledge and talents to real-world problems.
  • Immerse themselves in challenging and intensive learning experiences by working alongside leaders and experts in their particular field of study at some of the nation’s leading universities, research facilities, corporations and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn in intellectually stimulating environments where they are challenged to discover their talents and are motivated to pursue their full potential.
  • Develop leadership, interpersonal, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills that will translate to any career and area of study.
  • Expand their horizons through hands-on work with preeminent professionals in their fields.
  • Focus their personal vision and aspire to greater individual achievement.

Benefits You Can See

 

Here is how IEA’s EXPLORE Program is unique:

Optimal match: Each externship is custom-matched for each student to create an ideal learning experience. Distinguished leaders in varying professions are selected as Mentors based on the needs and interests of gifted and high-potential students.

Beyond academics: The program enables students to spend weekdays immersed in advanced research, hands-on activities, and intellectual work.

Collaborative professional skills: Students are provided with opportunities for social interaction and teamwork within unique and nurturing work space cultures.

Safe place to grow: Guidance from volunteer Mentors, support from IEA staff, and collaboration with like-minded peers help foster students’ social and emotional development.

 

Expand Networks, Build Lasting Connections

 

Through the EXPLORE program, students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and build a strong support system that can last a lifetime.

Students develop positive life-changing relationships with Mentors and a diverse cohort of other highly motivated, high-achieving and creative people. Students work either one-on-one or in small groups with a team of professionals, creating lasting personal connections through a cross-generational experience and in a collaborative environment. Our hope is for our students to build and maintain relationships with their Mentors long after the program is completed.

Our students forge strong bonds with their peers who share their drive, abilities, and interests. Students come from a wide range of high schools and have interests in a variety of fields, creating a diverse and unique community in which highly motivated students are encouraged to exchange ideas.

Students also develop positive relationships with IEA staff members. They not only work to place each student at the most optimally matched site, but also provide ongoing support throughout the duration of the program.

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A real world experience that can take you as far as your talent!

We tailor externships to match the keen passions and interests of bright minds.  Contact us to discuss your interests and the opportunities we can create for a real world, enriching summer work experience.

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“I was able to challenge and extend myself. Starting from the first day, I had to work hard in the lab to close the learning curve, create and design my own projects, and communicate constantly with the rest of my lab. This experience really helped me discover ways I handled challenge, interactions with others, and various experiences. I had a ton of fun and I believe that’s critical for me. After a long, arduous school year, I wanted nothing more than to have fun this summer while having an intellectual challenge, and this program definitely met those goals.”
– Alumnus 2014

You can help

Provide a Hands-On Experience:
Host or Sponsor an IEA Extern

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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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