Program Details

The Summer Program runs from Mid-June to the end of July.
2022: June 18th – August 1st

2019: June 17th – July 31st (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.



We’ve estimated that approximately $1500 per participant covers all our necessary costs during the program. This includes housing, food, transportation, outings, books and materials. Known as a summer immersion experience, Gateway Philadelphia, is mostly financed through relationships with people who care and are able to financially contribute but sometimes participants are able to find grants and scholarships through schools or churches to contribute to their financial needs. All participants will be expected to contribute the same amount of effort as each other in asking friends, family, churches, and schools to contribute toward the cost of their coming. All necessary fund raising training and coaching will be provided by InterVarsity Staff, but all participants will work together as a collaborative effort and team to reach the total team goal. This means that we will be tracking effort and not necessarily the dollar amount raised. The goal of $1500 per participant is an approximated number, because we recognized that some people have networks that can generate more financial donations with less effort than others. So this means that some people will actually raise more than 1500 while others might raise less than 1500, but everyone will be putting in the same amount of work or effort. So as long as every participant is able to commit to putting in the same amount of effort as the rest of the team, we welcome them for the summer.

We are remodeling our website and paperwork, but here’s an old link for more on fund raising 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 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)