ei² is an educational non-profit that sponsors an annual internship and study abroad program in Paris and Lyon, France. The program takes place during the months of June and July. While in Lyon, students combine coursework and an internship to earn up to six credits.


Founded by educators, ei² believes in the profoundly transformational power of intercultural exchange. Our mission is to provide greater access to international work-study with a special focus on under-served and first-time study abroad participants. A portion of our annual proceeds are dedicated to providing scholarships to these groups.


Founder and President


Daniel Sipe is an Associate Professor of French at the University of Missouri. He holds Ph.D.s from the Université de Strasbourg and the University of Minnesota. A product of study abroad himself, Dr. Sipe has been designing and leading programs in France for the past 15 years. When he is not working, one of his passions is to bike the great mountain passes of the Tour de France.

Faculty Director



James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has participated in field work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Tunisia and, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year doing research in Tunisia. As an Associate Professor at Stephens College, he teaches a variety of art history courses, everything from ancient to contemporary art. Dr. Terry says that his undergraduate study-abroad experience in France changed the direction of his life – in a good way!

Board of Directors

Tom Garry, Esq. is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently practices environmental law for The Nature Conservancy. A Kiwi at heart, Tom spent years living and training for Ironman triathlons in New Zealand.

Bruce Gordon, MD is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and a retired anesthesiologist. Dr. Gordon shares his passions for music, cooking, and travel with friends and family. His most recent vagabondages have brought him to Lyon, France, and St. Lucia.

Dr. Stephanie O’Hara is a graduate of Duke University and is currently an Associate Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. O’Hara studied abroad at the École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lyon and at the Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence.

Mike Sipe, CFP (retired), graduated from St. John's University (MN). As an award-winning photographer and financial planning guru, Mike is a living example of his philosophy of advocacy planning, which seeks to help individuals align their financial goals with their passions.