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

DermCare: Premedical Dermatology & Clinical Research Gap Year Opportunity

In conjunction with Beacon Clinical Research, DermCare Experts offers its Combined Dermatology and Clinical Research Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Fellowship, an innovative two-year program designed to help college graduates gain extensive exposure to patient care through an immersive and diverse experience which …

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Research Professional in Applied Macroeconomics at Chicago Booth

Professor Scott Nelson seeks a highly skilled and motivated individual to work as a full-time
research assistant for a period of at least one year. The preferred start date is July 1, 2024, although an earlier or later start is …

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Administrative Assistant for Direct Primary Care Medical Practice (HIV Prevention & Treatmentand Gay Men’s Health) in Greenwich Village, NYC

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for welcoming and providing incredible customer service to our patients, taking charge of extremely detailed and confidential administrative tasks, and assisting the doctor with the multifaceted challenges of the healthcare industry.

We are the first …

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