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 Fellowships

Common Good & Creative Careers, 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.

Select the links below to view a variety of 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

Sports Medicine and Orthopedics: Clinical Research Opportunity at Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY) 

Sports Medicine and Orthopedics: Clinical Research Opportunity at Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY) 

Consider a paid position that involves constant interaction with attending orthopedic surgeons and research fellows at the top-ranked hospital for orthopedics in the United States. …

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Stetson Lee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Post-Graduate Internship

Stetson Lee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is looking to hire five-six recent college graduates and aspiring doctors for our year-long, paid internship program which started in 2007. This internship is designed to provide practical experience to college graduates bound for …

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Finding the Right Role within a Nonprofit

Students often say they are interested in working in the nonprofit sector but may question what their specific role would be within a nonprofit. There are many ways to consider what might be a good fit for you within a …

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Forté Foundation Undergraduate Programming (Free for Yale College students)

Yale OCS is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to join the Forté Foundation’s Undergraduate Programming  for free. As a sponsor school, this initiative offers undergraduate women at Yale, across majors, the opportunity to develop skills in five critical …

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Post-Graduate Fellowships for Seniors

If you are a senior interested in looking at post-graduate fellowships outside of Yale, be sure to look at our Gap Year and Short-Term Opportunities Page where we have included 11 different Fellowship Lists. Each of these categories has examples …

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Career Outcomes

The Office of Career Strategy collects information about Yale College graduates after graduation. This interactive tool allows users to search these outcomes by year and major. Please visit Statistics & Reports for the more detailed reports.

Helpful Tips on using the Interactive Tool:

  • There is no Enter or Submit Button  Results will appear automatically with your selections
  • Choose ‘All Years’ or ‘All Majors’- For results across years and majors or check one for more granular results.
    • Default results will show the most recent Class Year.
    • Uncheck selected major(s) to reset your search.
    • To ensure student confidentiality, results are only reported in the aggregate and more granular data is not available through this public tool.
    • The tool will return results with at least five responses. If you require additional information contact the Office of Career Strategy

Most Recent Class Overview

Knowledge Rate Success Rate Mean Starting Salary Top Five Industries
91.6% of those graduating between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 91.7% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $71,030 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Consulting, Technology and Healthcare

 

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First Destination

First Destination refers to the postgraduate plans of Yale College graduates six months after graduation. The pursuits of Yale graduates include employment, graduate school, independent research, military service, and more.

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