Reimagining Learning for Students & Companies

At Experience Institute, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that engage your mind, shape your values, and help you create meaningful tools alongside remarkable people.
— David Kelley | Founder of IDEO & Stanford's d.school

Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

Leap Semester

You're a college student who wants to spend a Semester working in the field while receiving a full semester of college credit for learning interdisciplinary skills around Design Thinking, Storytelling and Business Operations – all while working with a startup in one of nine cities.

Leap Year Fellowship

You're considering grad school or a shift in your career. You need practical tools, a wider network, a portfolio of meaningful projects and a type of program that offers you the freedom and support to chart your own path alongside a brilliant community of peers & industry leaders.


Learning & Outcomes


Skills that never expire

You’ll learn processes that challenge you personally and professionally and are applicable within any industry. These include: Self-awareness, Storytelling, Community Building, Business Operations, and Human Centered Design.


Projects that make a difference

At each meetup, you’ll complete 70+ hours of real-world projects, learning practical processes for discovering solutions in day-to-day situations.                                                                                                 


Bright and caring community

You’ll connect with one coach to every five students who will mentor you through a year of transformation. You’ll make lifelong friends with a class size no bigger than 20 remarkable peers. And you’ll meet top industry and thought leaders in the areas of business, design, technology, and social change.


Experiences that will build your portfolio

With our Host Companies and our partnership with Sage Corps, you’ll experience what it’s like to pitch your skills to work with different companies or projects. These experiences, will teach you the ins and outs of the career you want to pursue in real time.

Stories from Past Fellows

I’m now poised to shape the future I want to live.
— Sami, 2016 Fellow
This gave me the framework to explore alongside masters of their craft while cultivating a purposeful skill set.
— Olenka, 2015 Fellow

Host Companies

Ei Host Companies are vetted and supported by great people who understand Ei’s philosophy and goals, making for a rich and unique learning experience. Upon getting accepted, students have the opportunity to pitch to these teams for a 3- month, paid apprenticeship. Students may also source their own experiences by reaching out to any company of their choosing or develop their own projects. Throughout the apprenticeship, Ei’s team hosts weekly calls and courses to sharpen skills and keep the students connected.