Gap Year & Short-Term Opportunities

The gap year refers to a period of time, usually one or two years after graduation, when students take a break from education to work or volunteer before continuing with graduate/professional school or starting a longer-term job. These short-term experiences help students explore career paths and gain experience. In some cases, these experiences will turn into longer-term.

  • Think about your motivation: Why do you want to take a gap year or two? Have you thoroughly thought about how this might fit with your future goals?
  • Define your goals: Are you interested in expanding your resume, living independently, clarifying your interests, or experiencing a different culture?
  • Research: What are your options?
  • Plan ahead: Planning ahead is useful in order to avoid missing deadlines for applications or fellowships. Give yourself ample time to update any international travel documents you may need, save money or book trips in advance.

Sample Lists of CGCC Fellowships

Common Good & Creative Careers (CGCC), an initiative within OCS, has compiled the following sample lists of fellowships to allow students to explore a variety of options for their gap year. Click the links below to learn more about fellowships based on your category of interest: Education Fellowships Environment Fellowships Farming Fellowships Fellowship Search Engines Health Research / Pre-Health Fellowships Law / Legal Services Fellowships Nonprofit Leadership Fellowships Public Affairs / Public Service Fellowships Public Health / Health Policy Fellowships Religiously Affiliated Service Fellowships Social Justice Fellowships

MASS General Hospital Dept. of Urology Research Laboratory Technician Position

Note: This position is funded for one year with benefits. The research laboratory technician position is available in the MGH Department of Urology to investigate the biology of genitourinary cancers with the goal of discovering new biological mechanisms of disease, …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Diversity in Cancer Research Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program, University of Alabama-Birmingham

For more information contact about the application contact, Patrick Bolack, pbolack@uab.edu, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The program provides a pathway for a diverse cohort of postbaccalaureate applicants to enter professional graduate programs with valuable experience in cancer research.

• Intensive two-year …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Research Assistant Position with PORTAL (Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The Program On Regulation, Therapeutics And Law (PORTAL) is an interdisciplinary academic research group including researchers, analysts, and trainees from the fields of medicine, law, epidemiology, and health policy. PORTAL is based within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Research Position with University of Rochester’s Center for Health + Technology (CHeT) for 2022-2023

**Immediate need – ready to hire the right candidate for “off-cycle” immediate start. Current final-year students interested in “on-cycle” June/July 2023 entry also welcome to apply**

**To apply – please email your resume and cover letter to apply@chet.rochester.edu **

We are seeking …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Massachusetts General Hospital – Center for Women’s Mental Health Clinical Research Coordinator Position Announcement

Program Description:

The Center for Women’s Mental Health is a clinical and research program within the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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