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.

 

Office of Career Strategy: Fall 2020 FAQs

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Note: In Fall 2020, the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely functional, however all staff is working remotely. 
Important University Messages:
Please read the Center for International & Professional Experience’s message regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
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Spring 2021 Paid Internships with the Office of Science/US Department of Energy

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The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for the Spring of 2021. The application system for the 2021 …

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Summer Plans & COVID-19

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Important University Messages:
Please read the Center for International & Professional Experience’s message regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is now prohibited.
Updated information for Yale affiliates, including graduate students, faculty, and staff, can be …

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Four Steps to the Job Search Process

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Step 1: Explore Options and Set Goals
Short term or long term: Are you looking for a one-to-two year position before pursuing a graduate degree? Would you prefer a position that will help you get started along a specific career …

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Travel Reimbursement Program for Yale Seniors

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In an effort to support students pursuing careers in the nonprofit, government and the arts sectors, OCS offers a travel reimbursement program to help offset costs associated with travel for interviews and/or auditions of Yale College Class of 2020 graduates. …

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