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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 advisor to further discuss your options.

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Gap Year Resources



With decades of experience in cultural exchange, passionate employees and a host of professional affiliations and partnerships, Intrax is a leader in global education and citizen diplomacy. At Intrax, we have developed a lifetime of high quality education and work programs for those who want to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Ivy Tutors Network

IVY is New York’s leader in subject help and test preparation, known for the best hires, knowledgeable service and reasonable pricing. We work with New York students to help them achieve their scholastic potential, retain knowledge, increase confidence, and receive higher scores on exams.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) is the largest lay Catholic full-time volunteer program in the world and has been a pioneer in the service landscape for 40 years. Over 10,000 men and women have served tens of thousands of individuals and families within hundreds of communities worldwide since its inception.

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund provides merit based awards intended to foster a high standard in the study of form, color, drawing, painting, design, and technique, as these are expressed in modes showing patent affinity with the classical tradition of Western culture.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs

At CTY you will work with an exceptional group of students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic community. CTY has consistently been named as one of the top internships in leading publications. We have a network of past employees now working in positions ranging from heads of school to deans of students to university professors.

JOIN for Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship

JOIN for Justice’s Jewish Organizing Fellowship is recruiting for our year-long, paid community organizing training program in Boston. The Fellowship trains Jewish young adults (ages 21-30) to organize communities to effectively fight against structural injustice and inequality.

Kaplan Teaching/Tutoring

Excellent teaching is at the core of our company. We offer part-time and full-time opportunities for individuals to teach and tutor a wide range of fields and subject areas, including, high-stakes test preparation, higher education, programming / coding bootcamps, and professional training.


As America’s largest operator of premier department stores, Macy’s Inc offers unrivaled opportunities in the business of retail. Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s are among the most respected names in American retail, and as part of the Macy’s, Inc. family, each of these companies combines a rich heritage of fashion-driven customer service with an innovative outlook that helps keep the industry evolving. Together, Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s encompass over 850 stores in more than 45 states, Washington D.C, Guam and Puerto Rico with a presence in 63 of the nation’s 65 biggest markets.

Manhattan Sports Business Academy Immersion Program

MSBA provides aspiring young professionals an unparalleled opportunity to live, learn, work and play in the epicenter of global sports business. Our flagship immersion program runs eight weeks and is designed for intense professional and personal growth. With the incredible support of leading organizations from every industry sector, MSBA’s dedicated team delivers a turnkey experience that includes tailored internship placements, membership to our carefully curated network, private teachings from today’s leading influencers, interactive development workshops, exclusive office visits, lifelong mentorship pairings and much more.

Masa Israel Journey

Masa Israel Journey offers a range of Jewish Studies programs designed to deepen your connection to our traditions and to the Jewish people. Programs range from rigorous interdisciplinary studies of the Jewish people and civilization at some of the world’s top universities to Torah instruction and study at Israel’s leading yeshivas and seminaries.

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program

Americorps Massachusetts Promise fellows deliver the resources young people need to be successful in life by creating, managing, and leading meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12. Fellow projects focus on mentoring, social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, academic enrichment, and community service-learning. The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship achieves this by placing AmeriCorps Fellows with non-profit organizations and state/local government agencies that focus on fulfilling the needs of our youth by providing: a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, a marketable skill, and an opportunity to give back.

Match Corps

Match Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is a one-year urban education fellowship. Recent college graduates from top universities across the country commit a year to closing the achievement gap in Boston, one student at a time. Match Corps Members tutor small groups of students in grades 6-12 and partner closely with families. Tutors are integral members of high-performing school teams in some of the best schools in America and discover what it takes to change the lives of kids.