Gateway Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the Gateway Program?

All Iowa State University Political Science majors and minors who obtain an internship in the Washington, D.C. area for an upcoming semester (including summer) are eligible to apply to the Gateway Program.

What benefits do I receive if I am selected to participate in the Gateway Program?

Selected participants will receive: 1) one-on-one mentoring from an ISU graduate in their field of interest; 2) $1,000 cost-of-living stipend; 3) networking opportunities in Washington, D.C., including young-professionals organizations, internship-hosted-events, and mentor-encouraged events; 4) eligibility for ISU academic credit; 5) career planning with mentor and other ISU alumni.

If selected, who will be my mentor? How is my mentor selected?

A number of ISU alumni in the Washington, D.C.-area who work in politics- or policy-related fields have volunteered to serve as mentors for Gateway Program participants. Students selected to participate in the Gateway Program will be paired with an ISU alumnus or alumna who best matches the individual student’s internship and career interests. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other ISU alumni who have volunteered to serve as resources for interested students.

Do I need to obtain an internship in Washington, D.C. before I am eligible to apply to the Gateway Program?

No. Students who are actively seeking Washington, D.C.-area internship opportunities are eligible to apply for the Gateway Program before the application deadline even if they have yet to receive a formal offer. Applicants must update their application with their formal offer once confirmed. (The situation of applicants who receive a formal offer after the application deadline will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.)

What is the application deadline?

One month before the start of the semester (or summer term) in which the internship would take place.