Application, Selection, & Cost

Leadership Iowa University invites college seniors, recent college graduates or interns in Iowa to apply. Those attending an out-of-state institution may apply if selected as part of an Iowa-based internship program or as capacity allows. Those pursuing any area of study, industry or occupation are welcome.


Interested candidates will be required to complete and submit an application found online here by the deadline noted on the application page or until the program is filled. Typically, the application deadline is approximately one month before the start of the program.


A maximum of 30 participants will be selected for Leadership Iowa University. Participants are selected based on leadership potential, community/campus involvement and application responses, among additional factors. Academic records and awards are considered but will not be a determining factor in acceptance.

Ideal candidates for the LIU program are those who are:

  • Driven to become active, engaged leaders on their campuses and in their communities
  • Interested in exploring different career opportunities and workplaces
  • Highly motivated to grow their personal and professional skills and network
  • Thinking about their future in Iowa and interested in important aspects of our state
  • Inspired by local leaders and those making a difference in their communities
  • "Big picture" thinkers with a thirst for information and unique experiences

It is important to note that, if selected, participants are required to adhere to all program requirements throughout the duration of the program. Most importantly, this includes being an active, respectful participant and a positive representative of the program and his/her company or institution. Leadership Iowa University is a multi-day program and participants are required to participate for the full duration.


Each student participant is responsible for a participation fee of $500 for the 2021 program.

Thanks to the generosity of program sponsors, need-based financial assistance is available. To discuss the opportunity for a program scholarship, please contact us.

COVID-19 Notice

The safety and well-being of our participants is a top priority during all ABI Foundation programs, and our staff is carefully monitoring coronavirus information and recommendations as we prepare for the in-person program. To provide additional flexibility during this time, payment of participation fees may be delayed while still securing a spot in the program, but must be received prior to the program. If the program is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.