ABOUT THE EXPERIMENT DIGITAL
The Experiment Digital is a fully-funded two-month virtual summer program that helps high school-aged youth become more civically engaged by empowering them to plan and execute a community service project. Designed to connect students across the globe without leaving their living room, participants interact through videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and playing games together. Through these activities, participants develop leadership and cross-cultural communications skills, speak with peers from different countries, and design youth-led projects to create positive social change. The exchanges take place online, so students can participate from anywhere. We encourage students with diverse backgrounds to apply!
Started in 2016, The Experiment Digital is sponsored by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Through this program, students from these regions take part in a cultural exchange to build friendships, mutual understanding, and global awareness.
By participating in The Experiment Digital, students receive a Certificate of Completion in leadership and global issues analysis, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship towards participation in one of The Experiment’s programs around the world.
The Experiment Digital runs for eight weeks, from June 24 to August 18, 2019.
HOW TO APPLY
The application process for 2019 has ended. Check back in 2020 for your chance to be a Department of State exchange alum!
You are eligible if you:
Are between the ages of 14-19 years old
Currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school
Reside in the United States, Algeria, Iraq, or Yemen
Have basic English language competency
Have regular access to Internet
Can devote 3-4 hours each week to the program
Watch a video about culture and tradition in the Middle East
Share your perspective and read what others have to say about stereotypes
Play an interactive online game about life as a refugee
Discuss power dynamics in your community with your peers through a video call
Post a photo of your favorite meal