Program Details

The Summer Program runs from Mid-June to the end of July.
2018: June 16th – July 30th

2019: June 15th – July 29th (tentative)

The Flow of the Summer Program

Week 1 – Orientation to the city and Biblical foundation for the gospel and how we live it out.

Weeks 2-5 – Days will be spent at internship sites for Tuesday through Friday. Completing approximately 160 hours total in volunteer time at your internship site. Evenings we will be learning/debriefing weekly content (racial and identity reconciliation, systems and structures, resources and stuff, justice and hope) as we hear from guest speakers, read scripture, books, current events, and watch related videos.

Week 6 and final weekend – Days will be spent at internship sites finalizing any projects and saying goodbye to partners. Evenings will be spent debriefing and focusing on what we will be taking back to camps.



$1500 covers all costs during the program. Includes housing, food, transportation, outings, books and materials. Gateway is considered a summer immersion experience so students are encouraged to raise their funds by asking friends, family, churches, and schools to contribute toward the cost of their coming. Fund raising training and coaching will also be provided by InterVarsity Staff. Occasionally students are able to find scholarships and grants through their schools or home churches to cover their financial needs. For the fundraising manual and more on fund raisingĀ Click Here.


The Gateway team will take turns shopping and cooking meals for one another while taking into account the dietary needs of all team members. Bringing a few of your favorite recipes to share with the team is highly encouraged. Those who are less experienced with cooking will be paired with those are more experienced.


Gateway Philadelphia has served university and college students from Alvernia, Arcadia, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, Lehigh, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore, Temple, University of Delaware, Ursinus, Villanova, and many others including several schools from much further away.


Gateway summer interns will live together in the neighborhood of North Central Philadelphia at the Diamond Street House. This house is a Christian community house connected with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Temple University. (Read More on Housing, Travel and Safety)