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Gateway Summer Fellows

The Gateway Summer Fellows program offers $4,000 stipends for social sciences undergraduates who identify unique, uncompensated summer internships in the U.S. or abroad to gain first-hand experience working full-time while they build rapport with accomplished alumni and interview leaders to discover the source of inspiration behind their achievements.


Open to all non-graduating social sciences majors who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours in their major.

Application Process: 

  1. Submit application (click here for the application) and supporting attachments no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 1st to Courtney Stefancyk (courtney.stefancyk@rice.edu)
  2. Secure an uncompensated, minimum eight-week internship opportunity
  3. Submit internship and contact info to Social Sciences Dean's Office, attn: Alex Wyatt (amw4@rice.edu)
  4. If selected as a finalist, interview an assigned faculty and provide typed transcript prior to commencing internship

Once Selected: 

  • Register for internship course, SOSC 421/ SOSC 422. Students will be eligible to earn three hours of course credit through SOSC 421 – Internship in U.S. or SOSC 422 Internship Abroad, depending on location. (Students who have earned internship course credit for SOSC 421/SOSC 422 may not register again but will need to provide internship reports as part of the fellowship commitment.)
  • The student will be assigned an alumni contact in the city of the internship. The student will be expected to interview the alumni, plus two executives in leadership roles either within the internship organization or local community, submit reflection reports and make presentations on campus upon their return.
  • Receive award funding of $3,750; $250 of the fellowship award will be released upon completion of reports.