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.


Yale College: Peer Networking Lists


Contact Recent Yale graduates from Class of 2016-2020, and current Yale students to discuss their post-graduate roles and summer employment experiences!

Are you wondering where Yalies go after graduation? Perhaps you want to see what kind of summer internships are …

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Applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)



If you are an F-1 student planning to work in U.S. this summer, it is time to review the eligibility criteria and process for Optional Practical Training (OPT), a temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity to apply knowledge …

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2021-2022 Woodbridge Fellowships (Deadline to Apply: March 1)

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Yale College seniors are invited to apply for 2021–22 Woodbridge Fellowships

Application information here

The Woodbridge Fellowship is a full-time paid position in the offices of university leader, offering an introduction to the work and administration of Yale.  It provides valuable professional experience, …

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Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunity: Yale-China Fellowship

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunity: Yale-China Fellowship

Experience two of the most life-changing, career-enhancing, service-oriented years of your life by joining a 112-year-old Yale tradition. Additional perks include Mandarin or Cantonese to the intermediate or high advanced level with a summer of intensive language study followed by …

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Apply for a President’s Public Service Fellowship

Apply for a President’s Public Service Fellowship

Yale graduate and professional school student applications for PPSF 2021 are due by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4pm.  No extensions. Find more information on the website of the Office of New Haven Affairs

The President’s Public Service Fellowship was …

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Career Resources

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