In Summer 2020, Institutes Will Be Virtual! Introducing GIV Institute Immersions

We may not be able to convene in person this summer, but that's not going to stop Vermont's brightest young people from summer learning, friendships and fun at GIV!

Get ready to challenge your brain!

Although sadly our in-person Institutes can’t happen, GIV is still providing engaging, fun and inspiring virtual Institute Immersions where you can load up on learning, friendships, and fun!  Students accepted to the 2020 summer Immersions will have as much of the Institute experience as we can give you from afar.

Make new friends this summer!

GIV Immersions are not designed to be just an online course, or a lecture series where you’ll watch talking heads on a computer. This is a community of young learners studying and socializing together, growing their knowledge and building lasting bonds.

Summer 2020 GIV Immersions

During GIV summer Immersions, you’ll use a computer or device for study for a few hours a day, but there’s independent research or projects and social & team activities as well.  At the end of the Immersion, you’ll have gained knowledge, insight into potential careers of interest, and a statewide network of new friends who care about the same things you do!

All our Immersion participants will also get automatic acceptance into the 2021 summer Institutes, where they can meet a lot of those new friends in person.  So your GIV application this year actually gets two amazing experiences in one.

Read below about the amazing things we’re working on for 2020, and remember –  tuition for the virtual Institutes is “pay what you can”.  So what’s stopping you?  Apply today!


Immersion Dates: July 6th – July 17th

Are you an aspiring artist looking to take your creativity to the next level?  Then join GIV’s Art Immersion where you’ll take a deep dive into visual, dramatic, musical, written or digital creation with a focus on producing original work, guided by artist mentors and accentuated by workshops and Q&A presentations from professional artists.  This virtual offering will guide you through the development of your own artistic practice, introducing you to new skills and approaches for exploring your own artistic expression.  You’ll find inspiration in sharing ideas and network with other young artists and professionals from all over Vermont.  If you’ve got a creative bent, you belong here!


Immersion Dates: July 20th – July 31st

Like science, or nature, or curious about physics? Ever find yourself gazing up at the sky?  At GIV’s Astronomy Immersion, you’ll explore wonders of the galaxy from a scientific standpoint, including solar system observation and study, construction of personal telescopes, and live presentations by industry leaders and astronomy academics. Join GIV’s astronomy Immersion and learn about careers related to the skies (including right here in Vermont!).


Immersion Dates: June 20th – June 30th

You’ve got the power! Literally, in this summer’s virtual Immersion, you’ll be assessing your local energy systems and constructing an energy generator, studying alongside others who share your interests and learning to think like an engineer.  You’ll also have the chance to challenge your thinking with design challenges and gain exposure to multiple engineering fields and career pathways. By the end, you’ll have the skills to make your family more energy secure.

Environmental Science: APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Immersion Dates: July 2nd and July 5th – July 12th

Join a team of environmental scientists this summer as we collect, compile, and compare data about Vermont’s environment.  We’ll give you all the materials and tools to conduct guided field sampling, data collection, observation and environmental analysis in your town.  You will collaborate with teen scientists statewide to understand and present your findings.  There will be numerous Q&A opportunities with experts.  You’ll also learn from presentations by working scientists from multiple fields, explore the crossover between energy and the environment, and learn about scientific career and pathways.

You can take this GIV Immersion for 4 college credits at UVM!  Additional tuition costs are usually covered by the Dual Enrollment program for rising juniors and seniors.  Apply now and choose whether to sign up for credit once you’re enrolled.

Global Issues & Youth Action: APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Immersion Dates: June 24th – July 3rd

Been watching the news a lot lately?  Or avoiding it?  Either way, you’re not alone!  At this Immersion, students from across the world will look at how leadership, policy and activism shapes the world and how you can impact that.  You’ll explore in-depth challenging political, environmental, and social justice issues in the pre- and post-COVID world and the mechanics of change.  Come discover the tools and tactics to make a difference, learn about opportunities and careers in creating the world you want, and participate in collaborative dialogue with young people from around the world.


Immersion Dates: July 20th – July 29th

Not for the faint-of-heart, GIVers in this summer Immersion will be exploring disease pathology and anatomy alongside med students and professionals using custom-tailored footage of actual autopsies to explore a variety of conditions.  You’ll also explore public health issues and the ever-expanding career options for those interested in health-care and medicine.  Are you called to do the hard work of preserving and improving human health?  Want to learn to diagnose and prevent disease, become knowledgeable about careers in the medical field, and gain a cohort of young people that support your professional dreams?  This is the place for you.

Mathematical Sciences: APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Immersion Dates: June 21st – June 26th

Math lovers unite!  There is a whole state full of math-lovers just like you and we’re getting ready to bring them together this summer in the Math Immersion.  We’ll challenge our minds with puzzles and mentored problem-solving activities and contests; learn about the real-world and theoretical applications of mathematics; solve problems alongside professional mathematicians from the academic and business world; and learn about career pathways open to people who love math.

Technology and Design: APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Immersion Dates: July 19th – July 24th

Do you love technology? Are you an inventor or a dreamer?  Come join us!  At this Immersion, you’ll participate in a fast-paced design challenge to build and prototype solutions to real-world problems big and small, with opportunities to focus on physical computing, programming and graphic design.  Work remotely with media and technology professors and professionals, and expand your technical skills and knowledge.  Come discover where design and technology can take you!

Submit your application today!