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. 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

MedServe Fellows Application

MedServe places future physicians in “rock star” primary care clinics across rural and other medically underserved communities in North Carolina. As Fellows, students work in both a clinical role (e.g. as a medical assistant) and community role (e.g. as a …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Yale Master’s Program in Personalized Medicine and Applied Engineering

The Yale School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the Yale School of Engineering are holding two informational sessions about their Master’s Program in Personalized Medicine and Applied Engineering. This one year masters degree goal is to prepare biomedical, mechanical and …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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Postgraduate position in the Yale laboratory of Louise Wang, MD.

This is a postgraduate position in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Yale Section of Digestive Diseases and West Haven VA Medical Center. We are seeking highly motivated and dedicated recent College graduates (or soon to be graduates by …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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How to Apply Your Problem Solving Skills in the Workplace

Illustration by Marian Blair

Problem solving is a “soft skill” valued by just about every employer. And its importance will only grow in the future—the World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025 (and beyond), employers will increasingly seek out creative …

By Amy Bergen - Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit Idealist.org explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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List of 100 Largest Nonprofits by Revenue

The following link shows the list of 100 nonprofit organizations by revenue. Learn more about the financials of each one from our friends at CauseIQ.com. There is also links available that can redirect you to the company website.

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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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