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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.

Tip: 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.

To help you explore a variety of options, we created the following list of resources commonly used by Yale students and alums. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list; we intend for you to use it as a starting point and not as an end point.

For additional short-term opportunities, look at your specific career fields of interest in the career resources database, the Health Professions page, and Yale's Fellowship and Funding website. You can also meet with an OCS adviser to further discuss your options.

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The Madison Square Garden Company Associate Program

We believe in developing talent and helping to create the leaders of tomorrow. One way we do this is through The Madison Square Garden Company Student Associate Program. This program is designed to create real, valuable opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, grow and explore The Madison Square Garden Company and gain valuable experience they can use throughout their careers. Student Associate opportunities are available in all facets of our business including MSG Sports, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment, as well as at our venues and throughout our corporate divisions.
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The New Republic Reporter-Researcher Program

The New Republic was founded in 1914 as a journal of opinion which seeks to meet the challenge of a new time. For over 100 years, the publication has championed progressive ideas and challenged popular opinion. Their vision for today revitalizes their founding mission for our new time. The New Republic promotes novel solutions for today’s most critical issues. 
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The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism. It is the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st Century democracies.
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The Princeton Review

Are you energetic and confident with a passion for education? Do you have a great work ethic and want to help millions of students reach their education goals? The Princeton Review may be the place for you! Whether you like being at the front of a classroom or enjoy working behind the scenes in operations, sales or marketing, we have full-time and part-time positions available. Apply today to become part of a team that’s improving education in small and big ways every day.
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The Tim Russert Fellowship

The Tim Russert Fellowship will be awarded to one motivated, passionate graduating senior interested in pursuing a career in political journalism. The Fellowship is a one-year, paid position in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau. The fellow will work on a rotational basis in several areas of the Washington Bureau including “Meet the Press” and the NBC News Political Unit. Responsibilities will include assisting talent and producers, participating in news shoots, and story research. The goal is to give a talented, young journalist the opportunity to be mentored by seasoned NBC News staff members and experience a yearlong “boot camp” in political journalism.
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U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Summer Jobs

U.S. PIRG stands up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way, winning concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives. We’re looking for students who care about solving the problems that America faces. As an intern with U.S. PIRG, you’ll help us educate and engage people on the important issues we're working on. Whether it’s by getting our issues into the media, helping to grow our coalitions or organizing events, you’ll be helping us build the public support it takes to win.
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Unite For Sight

All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international programs are Global Impact Fellows. They participate daily with local ophthalmologists, local optometrists, and local ophthalmic nurses to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practice principles in volunteerism, global health, and international development.
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Volunteering Journeys

Our volunteer abroad projects are all about the people. You, us, the people you work with, the people you encounter along the way, and the people you’ll soon call your friends. Volunteering Journeys is about living in local communities, learning, growing by sharing and, adding value to your life and those you meet along the way. We are a socially responsible organisation, providing unique volunteering and travel opportunities for likeminded individuals who want to embark on life’s most amazing adventures. Taking our volunteers through India, Thailand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Bali, it’s our mission to touch lives, connect friends and give back to local communities everywhere we go. It’s in our nature to push boundaries and to have purpose, but most of all, we’re just a super friendly bunch to be around. And we can’t wait to have you join us in a new journey together.
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WPP Marketing Fellowship

WPP's unique annual Fellowships for graduates and MBAs aim to develop high-caliber management talent with experience across a range of marketing disciplines. The program is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach and is designed to complement the recruitment activities of individual companies.
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Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Center

The Center supports effective course design and promotes evidence-based teaching methods for university instructors, including faculty and teaching assistants. The Center encourages student learning and provides opportunities for students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the University to develop as writers, teachers, mentors, and leaders. The graduate student focused programs of the CTL are supported in part by the McDougal Graduate Student Center Endowment.
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Yale Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is an academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students so they can acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college and excel in their current school environment. The program is designed for bright students who might have limited opportunities and resources to participate in academic enrichment activities.
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YES Prep Program

YES Prep is an open-enrollment public charter school system serving students grades six through twelve in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities.
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NYC Civic Corps

The NYC Civic Corps is a diverse group of volunteers who are dispatched in small teams to local organizations for ten months of service, with the charge of engaging New Yorkers in volunteerism and expanding organizational capacity to impact New York City’s most pressing needs.
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Omprakash

Omprakash creates transformative educational experiences by connecting grassroots social impact organizations around the world with an audience of volunteers, donors, and classrooms that can learn from and support their work. We are about providing affordable opportunities for individuals to build meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with grassroots social impact organizations around the world. Our database links over 100 pre-vetted 'Partner' organizations from over 30 countries with potential volunteers and funders, all free of charge. We also offer grants to qualified applicants to defray the costs of travel and living expenses.
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Peace Corps

Peace Corps Volunteers must commit to two years of service. Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Volunteers collaborate with local community members to work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.
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Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name. The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues. 8-26 weeks. Application timeframes vary with the term applied for.
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Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Princeton in Asia’s Home Office is located on the Princeton University campus. Princeton in Asia is a private, independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) affiliated with Princeton University.
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Princeton in Latin America

Princeton in Latin America is a non-profit organization that partners with non-profits throughout Latin America to match them with young, public sector professionals seeking full-year fellowships in development work. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by Princeton University.
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Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, we send 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.
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Public Allies Fellowship

The Public Allies fellowship program at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center supports new ways of leading that are right for the times and right for a unique student population. The Fellowship Program provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development at the nationally recognized Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center located in Estes Park, Colorado.
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ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb has been the leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters since 1996. We provide reliable disaster and crisis updates and analysis to humanitarians, so they can make informed decisions and plan effective assistance. Our editorial insight, combined with access to the latest technology, allows us to provide innovative, reliable and informative products and services on a continuous, global basis. The site connects to internships and jobs worldwide in various health and humanitarian positions.
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Rural Support Partners – Fellowship Program

RSP is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the next generation of rural sustainable economic development practitioners. We provide fellows with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop professional networks, and learn the values, history, and philosophy upholding rural organizing and community development work. In return, Fellows increase our capacity to serve, while bringing unlimited energy, excitement, and curiosity to our work.
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Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
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School for Ethics and Global Leadership – SEGL Fellowship

Located in Washington, DC, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership is a semester-long residential program for a diverse group of intellectually motivated high school juniors from across the United States. This fellowship represents an extraordinary opportunity for a rising star in the nonprofit sector to help build a school that is changing the world. The School for Ethics and Global Leadership is seeking a small number of enthusiastic, committed team members to help supervise, teach, and mentor students, and to take a leadership role in key administrative areas.
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Scoville Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia.
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships for advanced study at SERC at the senior postdoctoral, postdoctoral, predoctoral, and graduate student levels. SERC hosts about 18 fellows annually.
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Sparkman Center

In today’s interdependent global economy, the need for cooperation between governments, international agencies, organizations, and institutions in alleviating global health problems has increased. The Sparkman Center has a history of successful collaboration with institutions abroad in implementing graduate-level educational and training programs in public health. In addition, the Center has collaborated with the WHO and PAHO and sponsored numerous short-term training programs in various developing countries.
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Success Academy

Success Academy is redefining what's possible in public education. Our dual mission is to: Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove that all children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life; serve as a catalyst and national model for education reform, and help change public policies that prevent so many children from having access to opportunity.
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Teach For America

All kids—no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or what their skin color is – deserve access to a great education. But in our country today, low-income children do not have the same access to a great education as their wealthier peers. It’s not easy to close this gap, but hundreds of proof points show that it’s possible. It takes committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for students tomorrow. Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by developing such leaders.
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The Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates interested in careers in social justice. It provides an opportunity to work for one year at MDC as a full-time, paid staff member. MDC’s work is primarily in the American South, where a history of inequality and exclusion has trapped millions in circumstances below their potential.
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The Financial Clinic Financial Fellowship Program

The Financial Clinic is a nonprofit financial development firm devoted to improving the financial security of working poor families and stewarding economic reform, is culling for a team of intelligent, entrepreneurial, progressive visionaries for its Financial Fellowship Program. Fellows will serve for one year providing financial services to New York City’s working poor, and innovating solutions to the socio-economic problems they encounter.
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The Greenlining Institute Leadership Academy

Thriving communities of color urgently need a generation of young people who are informed and engaged in addressing the most critical issues facing their communities. The Greenlining Academy works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change. We seek to develop a network of visionary leaders ready to work across racial and ethnic lines to address America’s most pressing problems and develop sustainable solutions rooted in equity and justice.
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The Greenlining Institute Leadership Academy: Fellows Program

As part of Greenlining's overall mission to impact state and national policy and secure community reinvestment on behalf of low-income and communities of color, the Greenlining Academy works to develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders and informed community members through its leadership training programs. The Fellowship program is a year-long training program for young leaders that have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program.
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The New York Teaching Fellows

For individuals looking to embark on a career in education but do not have an education degree, the New York Teaching Fellows program offers a high-quality teacher training program to begin a post-graduation education and career with hands-on training and experience. Fellows are trained during the summer, and most Fellows find employment in the New York Public School system in the following year.
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Uncommon School Summer Teacher Fellowship

The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is designed to introduce college juniors to teaching and urban education reform through experience in Uncommon’s classrooms and tailored professional development opportunities. Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving urban classrooms through the mentorship, collaboration, and hands-on experience Uncommon Schools provides.
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US Golf Association Grants Initiative Fellowship Program

Fellows work in all facets of the USGA Grants Initiative in a challenging environment with a high level of responsibility. The Fellowship also provides an educational component to aid recent college graduates in their professional and personal development. This component focuses on non-profit management, finance, public speaking, writing skills, negotiations, and personal leadership styles. The overall program allows Fellows to learn through experience while examining their professional aspirations and strategies.
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Volunteer Services Overseas

Volunteer Services Overseas sends volunteers, usually those with technical qualifications of some sort, to alleviate poverty in developing nations. VSO's work revolves around four development areas, linked to the priorities of our partners, international development targets and our areas of expertise. These are health, HIV and AIDS, participation and governance, secure livelihoods and education. We're committed to gender equality in all our work so that men and women have equal opportunities to realize their potential.
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Volunteering India

Volunteering India provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer programs in India, offering a variety of programs, internships, and gap year programs in India, where volunteers can choose to work in New Delhi, Palampur/Dharamsala and South India including Bangalore, Mysore and more.
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Volunteering Solutions

Volunteering Solutions is an organization that provides safe, professional and affordable international volunteering opportunities. Our projects are in the fields of medical internships, childcare, teaching, women empowerment, community development and wildlife conservation programs. We also offer international internships for nursing students and professionals in hospitals, as well as dental elective placements for dental students.
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Workaway

Workaway.info is a site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or organizations who are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities. Our philosophy is simple: a few hours honest help per day in exchange for food and accommodation and an opportunity to learn about the local lifestyle and community, with friendly hosts in varying situations and surroundings.
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World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

Visitors, or ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half a day on a host farm, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board - with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers. WWOOF is an educational and cultural exchange program. WWOOFing is a way to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of agrarian culture.
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WorldTeach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. It also addressed a growing interest among people in the U.S. and elsewhere to serve, teach and learn as volunteers overseas. WorldTeach provides opportunities for volunteers to teach in developing countries for year programs that are 10-12 months long or summer programs that are 2 months in length. The program can cost the volunteers up to thousands of dollars.
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Yale Resource for DACA students studying abroad

Individuals who have obtained DACA benefits can apply for specific permission, known as Advance Parole, to leave and re-enter the United States for educational reasons, including studying abroad on designated programs. Learn more here.
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Yale-China Teaching Fellowship

The Yale-China Teaching Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for personal, intellectual, and professional discovery. Fellows live and teach in China for two years, study Chinese, and receive on-going professional support throughout their experience. The self-discovery and cross-cultural fluency that results from the two years of immersion has inspired many former Yale-China Fellows to become leaders in international or China-related fields.