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

Open Positions with the Boston University (BU) Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center

Clinical Trials Study Coordinator

Clinical Research Assistant, Alzheimer’s Disease

Research Study Coordinator, Diagnose CTE Research Project

For additiona information contact Kaleb Batten, Project Administrative Coordinator,        ●


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Government & Communications Job Board Available to Yale Students!

Traverse Jobs – Connecting you to jobs that make a difference 

Yale’s Common Good & Creative Careers (CGCC) is excited to announce a new subscription job board focused on government jobs that is now available to all Yale students who …

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Planning for Summer 2022

Regularly visit the Center for International & Professional Experience’s updates about the COVID situation.

Yale College Students: The Summer Experience Award (SEA), formerly known as the DSA, is available for Summer 2022 (deadline to apply is May 1, 2022). The …

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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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Career Resources

Summer 2022 Internships

Community Resources

Career Outcomes

The Office of Career Strategy collects information about Yale College graduates. This tool allows users to search outcomes by year and major. Please visit Statistics & Reports for 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
86.8% of those graduating between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 96.9% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $76,359 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Technology, Consulting, 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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