2018 Program Details

Site Locations

Greater Los Angeles Area

Check the Sites and Mentors page for site specific details.


Program Dates

Session I: Saturday, June 16 – Friday, July 6, 2018 (3 weeks)

Session II: Saturday, July 7 – Friday, July 27, 2018 (3 weeks)

Both Sessions: Saturday, June 16 – Friday, July 27, 2018 (6 weeks)

Session III: Saturday, July 28 – Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 weeks)

Regular Application Deadline: April 16, 2018



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: TBA

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 college and career workshops and excursions
  • Orientation Day and 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
  • Personalized e-Portfolio upon successful completion of placement



Students must provide their own transportation to and from their work site, weekly excursions/workshops, orientation days, and the final culmination ceremony. 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 gifted and advanced 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 gifted and advanced 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.

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