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DSPG Student Application

Program Details — Young Scholars Program, Summer 2024

The 2024 program will be a 40 hour per week program (undergrad) and 30 hours (graduate) and will be offered in a hybrid online/in-person format. The program covers a 10 week period from May 15th to July 26th (~10 weeks of paid work). Project participants must currently be enrolled at Iowa State University by the time of application and should be based in Ames. The workload is a full-time job and students are expected to be working throughout the 8:30am - 4:30pm workday.

A typical day in the 2023 DSPG program.

8:30 - 9:00 Morning Presentations or Coffee Talk
9:00 - 10:00 Meeting with Project Leads to Discuss Weekly Objectives
10:00 - 12:00 Project Work Time
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Talk with a Data Professional
1:00 - 4:30 Hybrid Project Work Time

How to Apply — Young Scholars Program, Summer 2024

Apply here! The Data Science for the Public Good at Iowa State University is now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Young Scholars Program!  Undergraduate students from any discipline with quantitative/analytical skills that have an interest in learning data science are encouraged to apply. Students must be enrolled at an accredited college or university to be eligible. 

Applications are currently rolling until February 29th. Selected participants will be interviewed and notified by late March.

Successful undergraduate candidates have previously demonstrated the following abilities.

  • Ability to cooperate as team members.
  • Ability to think critically about social and technical issues.
  • Some technical experience in coding or GIS work.
  • Being timely and professional with their work.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply as Graduate Fellows through the same application link. Graduate fellows must be enrolled at Iowa State University.

Successful Graduate Fellows in the past demonstrated the following abilites.

  • Strong skills in team and project management.
  • Technical proficiency in coding or GIS work to support undergraduates.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Being timely and professional with their work.

The application documents should include the following: 

If you have any questions about the application process, please email


Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against.