by Kate Meersschaert
"Enstitute (formerly E[nstitute]) is a non-profit focused on replacing traditional higher education with a two year internship-focused period of mentored on-the-job training. At a time when many young people are struggling both to pay for college and find jobs once they graduate, Enstitute is an exciting addition to the growing "UnCollege" movement. Founded by two former interns, Kane Sarhan and Shaila Ittycheria, the two-year program selects "Fellows" who go through a modern apprenticeship of sorts, with an emphasis on direct hands-on learning from industry mentors. Mentors and Fellows are matched through a process much like the current system of "bidding" used by medical schools to match residents with hospitals (the Fellows bid on their favorite companies/mentors, while mentors bid on their preferred Fellow). The other percentage of participant time is spent on supplemental learning opportunities as this VentureBeat article describes, "In addition to the apprenticeship, the fellows attend evening events where they hear job tips from inspirational speakers and are offered a supplemental curriculum of online and offline classes."