Applications will be open soon for the Summer 2024 Institutes!

Connect with us to learn about all the exciting offerings we'll be hosting in Summer 2024.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont offers a variety of fun, immersive, residential summer learning programs hosted at college campuses all over the state. Each Institute focuses on a unique area of interest, and introduces you to mentors and friends who will help you pursue your passions and create your future.

Explore each Institute’s page to learn more about the unique aspects of each Institute!

Summer 2024 Institutes

Check out the amazing programs we are planning to host in Summer 2024!


Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Ready to get creative?

Amplify your artistic voice at the GIV Arts Institute! You’ll join a community of young artists from all over Vermont for an exciting two weeks of collaboration, creation, and inspiration. Come develop skills in the artistic disciplines of your choice alongside creators who love art as much as you do! With immersions into theater, music, writing, dance, visual arts and more, there’s something for everyone at the Arts Institute!

At this Institute you will…

  • Discover new ways to interact with a variety of artistic mediums and styles.
  • Explore new media and professional-grade equipment to create emergent forms of art.
  • Network with professional artists and learn about their artistic practices.
  • Make new friends with artistic peers from all over the state who share your passions and interests.
  • Learn about college options and opportunities in professional art careers.
  • Unleash your unique talents and hone your original voice.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!


Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Do you want to save the world?

This summer, help create a sustainable future at the GIV Engineering Institute! You’ll spend a week on Norwich University’s campus developing your own projects in fields like energy, robotics, and structural engineering as you work to create resilient solutions to the planet’s most pressing problems. With access to professional equipment and the guidance of renowned engineers, you’ll build bridges to a better future!

At this Institute you will…

  • Choose your favorite area of engineering to dive into.
  • Meet other young Vermonters who share your interests.
  • Learn to “think like an engineer,” analyzing and solving real-world problems.
  • Take on a variety of design challenges to hone creativity and problem-solving.
  • Hear from a wide range of engineers and discover academic and career pathways.
  • Explore technology and equipment used by engineers.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!

Entrepreneurship: Creativity & Innovation

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Ready to start your own business?

This summer, bring your passion and curiosity to the Entrepreneurship Institute! You’ll spend a week deep diving into the creativity and innovation that goes into developing new products and services. With the guidance of proven entrepreneurs and experts, plus a network of peers, you’ll leverage your own unique business ideas to propel you to future success.

At this Institute you will…

  • Learn how to translate your ideas into a real, successful, and sustainable business.
  • Examine your own strengths and learn to develop a winning team of business partners.
  • Acquire financial, operational, and marketing insights to enable you to launch and grow your own business.
  • Delve into the ethics, sustainability, and social responsibility of business.
  • Network with successful Vermont business people and visit local businesses.
  • Work with professional mentors to make your product ideas a reality.
  • Have the time of your life!

College credits available.

Click here to learn more!

Environmental Science & Technology

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Ready to explore our natural world?

This summer, investigate what’s in our air, water, and soil at the GIV Environmental Science & Technology Institute! You’ll collect environmental data from your own community and use UVM’s state-of-the-art facilities to analyze, interpret, and learn more about what is happening with our environment on a micro and macro level. What will you find out? What solutions will you propose?

At this Institute you will…

  • Explore local environmental issues, gathering lake, stream and soil data.
  • Combine outdoor field research with computing and laboratory technology.
  • Evaluate the distribution of pollutants in our air, water, and soil.
  • Learn the scientific method, collect environmental data, and present your work.
  • Identify academic and professional career paths for emerging scientists.
  • Make lifelong friends with peers who share your interests.
  • Have the time of your life!

College credits available.

Click here to learn more!

Global Issues & Youth Action

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Ready to make a difference in the world?

This summer, take on political, environmental, and social justice issues at the GIV Global Issues & Youth Action Institute! You’ll join a community of motivated young Vermonters as you learn how to battle for whatever you care about, whether it be the climate crises, racism, sexism, inequality, or justice in all forms. Together, we can mobilize our collective energy with activists from around the world, leading movements for real change and deepening our hope with action!

At this Institute you will…

  • Learn about current events, leadership, activism, politics, and social change.
  • Meet and work with Vermont’s political leaders and avid activists.
  • Examine all sides of political issues and perspectives, and learn tools for productive dialogue and debate.
  • Make friends and build community with young leaders from around the globe.
  • Develop your leadership and activism skills.
  • Learn how to make a difference in your community.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!

Health & Medicine

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Ready to learn the science of saving lives?

Step into the world of health care with the GIV Health & Medicine Institute! You’ll learn clinical skills like diagnostic reasoning, assessing patients, responding to medical emergencies, and communicating effectively on a team. Sessions span the fields of medicine, psychology, clinical lab science, and biomedical engineering. Hands-on activities, scenario-based learning, and interactive case discussions lead to CPR and First Aid certifications.

Produced in partnership with Northern Vermont AHEC.

At this Institute you will…

  • Explore careers in health science, research and medicine.
  • Practice hands on-medical skills like assessing vital signs and interviewing patients.
  • Earn certifications in CPR and First Aid.
  • Choose from a variety of hands-on lab activities and workshops led by health professionals and college faculty.
  • Work closely with medical student mentors throughout the week.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!

Kenneth I. Gross and Tony Trono Mathematical Sciences Institute

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Do you love math?

This summer, surround yourself with fellow math-lovers at The Kenneth I. Gross and Tony Trono Governor’s Institute on Mathematical Sciences! You’ll explore theoretical and real-world applications of mathematics as you take on world-class challenges with other young Vermont mathematicians. Enjoy advanced lectures, discover exciting careers, and revel in all the things that make math so much fun!

At this Institute you will…

  • Take on advanced math challenges and puzzles that will keep mathematicians awake at night!
  • Explore hands-on practical applications of math.
  • Network with professional mathematicians.
  • Learn about the academic and career pathways open to people who enjoy mathematics.
  • Celebrate the ways math can help us understand our surroundings.
  • Make lifelong friends with peers who share your interests.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!

Technology & Design

Summer 2024 Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Want to learn new tools and approaches to design and technology?

Join like-minded young people from across the state to learn new technologies and think about the impact technology has on our world, both today and in the future. Hear from professionals in the field about possible career pathways, play (and make) games, visit some of our industry professionals in the area and spend time in Champlain College’s state-of-the-art computer labs immersing yourself in learning.

Each summer, we offer intensive short courses in a variety of topics, which may include: arduino microcontrollers, digital painting and illustration, cybersecurity, programming, game design, to name a few. We balance out the time spent in the computer labs by making time for play, with lots of options for everyone: our ever-growing pop-up maker lab, D&D, MTG, pop-up jam sessions, late night Humans vs Zombies, field games, silkscreening, photography, and more.

Explore, learn and create alongside tech-world professionals, professors, and a whole host of young designers and programmers like you! What will you make?

At this Institute you will…

  • Explore the intersection between technology, art, and social change.
  • Choose two subjects to study intensely for the week, which could include digital design and illustration skills, programming microcontrollers, designing games, or learning about cybersecurity… the possibilities are endless!
  • Have access to amazing tools and spaces, including our pop-up maker lab.
  • Collaborate as designers and creators on projects that excite you.
  • Play games!
  • Learn about the technical, artistic, and business aspects of technology and design.
  • Explore college options and possible career paths.
  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Make lifelong friends with peers who share your interests.
  • Have the time of your life!

Click here to learn more!

At GIV You Will...

  • Spend 1-2 weeks completely immersed in a topic you love
  • Learn from and network with industry leading professionals
  • Make new friends from all across Vermont who share your interests
  • Experience life on a college campus with access to all the resources it provides
  • Have fun!

Check out the vibe from our Summer 2023 Institutes...

Each Institute Offers Credits & Proficiencies!

Students can get even more out of their experience at GIV by getting high school credit, PLP entries, proficiency-based graduation requirements, or even college credit.

Explore our latest Academic Guide for a detailed overview of the many opportunities for students at each GIV Institute, including those that offer college credit!

Looking for print-ready overviews of our 2023 Institutes?

Download our 2023 Poster, Flyer, Catalog, and Rack Cards to share!

2024 Institute materials will be coming soon.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if we can help by mailing printed versions of any of our publications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Institute dates and locations?

Each Institute takes place at a different time during the summer, and on different campuses. Visit each Institute’s page on our site for more info about each Institute including the specific dates for each!

How much do the summer Institutes cost?

Tuition uses a sliding scale model, which means you only pay what your family can afford. Check out the summer tuition page for more details!

Who can attend?

Students currently in 9th - 11th grade who go to school in Vermont, or at a school that has an arrangement with VT school districts. We’re also willing to consider out-of-state students on a case by case basis.

Do my grades matter for attending GIV?

In most cases, no! We don't look at grades/transcripts when considering applicants. The only exception is our Math Institute, where we need to know which classes you have taken and your grades in just those classes.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy - just hit one of the many “apply” buttons on our website, create a SurveyMonkey account, and fill out the application. It will ask you to enter your contact info and some additional details about your interests, then prompt you to request recommendations from two adults. Don’t forget to hit submit!

Is there a deadline for applications?

Yes- see our Apply page for this year's application dates. We cannot accept late applications, so make sure you submit on time!

When are Summer Tuition fees charged?

Summer Tuition is only requested once a student has applied and been accepted into an Institute. Following application submissions, we will reach out to accepted students and their families to collect information and make a final determination on Summer Tuition based on your family's income and situation. We are always willing to work with families to make sure they can take part in GIV and get the support they need!

When will I know if I’m accepted?

We’ll begin reaching out to students to let them know their application status in mid April, around two weeks after our application deadline.

What COVID policies will be in place?

GIV will be requiring students to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, as defined by the CDC. If a student cannot be vaccinated or boosted, they may request an exemption form by reaching out to [email protected] after being accepted to a GIV program.
GIV will also be requiring day one rapid testing for all students upon arriving at their Institute, and requesting that any symptomatic students test at home.
Additional precautions may be required based on the program.
Policies are subject to change in accordance with CDC and/or host college guidance.

How will I get to the Institute?

If you aren’t able to drive or be driven to your Institute, reach out to us directly at We’ll coordinate travel arrangements to get you there!

Can I attend multiple Institutes in one summer?

Possibly! If the dates align, we can explore this option. However, many of our Institutes overlap; if your Institute dates overlap, we ask students to choose one or the other.

Can I return to an Institute that I attended in a previous year?

We want to make sure that all of our Institutes have space for new incoming students, so we generally ask that students returning to GIV multiple years try a new Institute! Part of the GIV experience is trying new things, so we highly encourage returning students to explore a new Institute to expand into new areas of knowledge.

What will my living situation be?

While at GIV, you’ll live in a dorm on your Institute’s host college campus. Most students will have a roommate or roommates. Living on campus is a big part of the GIV experience and is how some of the closest friendships are made!

When will I know my Institute’s schedule?

The dates for each program are listed on the Institute pages here on our website. Otherwise, the Program Director for your Institute will reach out to you via email to share your Institute schedule in advance of the program. If you have questions before then, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Can I earn high school credit?

Yes! Please reach out to your high school guidance counselor to make a plan to get credit for your participation through the Flexible Pathways Program.

Can I earn college credit?

Yes! Two of our Institutes - Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science & Technology - can be taken for college credit. Visit the Institute Pages for more information!

Summer 2024 Applications Will Be Open In January, 2024!