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 Summer 2019 are eligible to apply to the Gateway Program.

What benefits do I receive if I am selected to participate in the Gateway Program for
Summer 2019?

Selected participants will receive: 1) one-on-one mentoring from an ISU alumnus 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 and how are they selected?

A number of ISU alumni in the Washington, D.C,-area who work in a political science-related
field have volunteered to serve as mentors for Gateway Program participants during the summer
of 2019. Students selected to participate in the Gateway Program will be paired with an ISU
alumnus who best matches the individual student’s Summer 2019 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’m eligible to apply to the
Gateway Program?

No. Students who are actively seeking Washington, D.C.-area internship opportunities are
eligible to apply to 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 (email
confirmation, etc.) once confirmed. If applicants have not received a formal offer by the
application deadline, their situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What is the application deadline?

Friday, April 12, 2019