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2020 EXPLORE Program Updates

After much deliberation, and the unprecedented rapid progression of COVID-19, IEA has made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer 2020 EXPLORE program. This decision applies to all dates and mentor sites for EXPLORE. We are deeply sorry that the current health crisis is preventing us from holding this exemplary program. We have been in contact with our confirmed mentors and while they share our disappointment in the cancellation of 2020 many have already committed to the 2021 program year. For any questions regarding the EXPLORE program cancellation please email Program Manager Megan Figueroa at

To learn more about this decision please click here to read IEA’s full statement regarding COVID-19.

To be notified when information about 2021 Explore Program information, please sign up for our email list and indicate an interest in EXPLORE.


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

  • Be a rising 10th, 11th, or 12th grader
  • Must be under the age of 18 for the duration of the program
  • Be highly motivated, high-achieving
  • 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 meet certain prerequisites; these requirements will be listed with the site description.


Application Check-List

IEA utilizes our portfolio-based application to determine eligibility and to match qualified applicants with the most appropriate sites and mentors. Applicants will be required to submit the following:

  • General Application Info
  • 2 Reflective Essays
  • Sample Work
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • Current Unofficial Transcripts
  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (if available)
  • Professional Resume or Brag Sheet
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Host or Sponsor an IEA Extern

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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