Leap Year

At Experience Institute, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that engage your mind, shape your values, and help you create meaningful tools alongside remarkable people.

The year is divided into trimesters that are comprised of MEETUPS and CURRICULUM. You will leave Experience Institute with a professional network, unique hands-on experiences, creative confidence, and a deep understanding of five core competencies:


Ei Meetups take place in Chicago, IL. Meetups are a mix of hands-on workshops led by industry professionals, community events and projects, and structured time for individual reflection and planning

During these Meetups, you will also connect with Ei companies to explore how you may fit as an apprentice over the course of the year.


Over the course of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to design apprenticeships with Ei Host Companies and/or your own independent projects. Our community will help you pursue your passions and hone your skills while building a body of work.

Together, we'll identify companies you hope to learn from or projects you aim to create. Think of this as establishing your classes. We have remarkable teams offering paid and unpaid apprenticeships to our students, but you can also reach out beyond our network. In any case, we'll help you design a year for personal, academic and professional growth.

With a community behind you and a cohort of students next to you, you’ll have an audience interested to hear and learn about what’s happening with you. Documentation will be a combination of video, photography, blog posts, newsletters and other creative outlets.

After each experience, you'll be challenged to present your story using various mediums. At the end of the year, you'll create a final project that embodies your year of experience. EXPO, gathers together friends, family and future employers to celebrate the growth and lessons from your year.


Ei Coaches are hand-picked for their experience taking leaps of their own and for the manner they've pursued excellence in their industry. They spend time supporting a small cohort of Ei students throughout the year, helping them navigate and mine their experiences for meaningful learnings.