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Gap Year & Short-Term Positions

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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.

Visitors to this website using the database, should refer to our terms of use policy.

Gap Year Resources

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Math for America Early Career Fellowship

The MƒA Early Career Fellowship provides promising public secondary school mathematics and science teachers the support they need to become outstanding educators and to grow in their profession.
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Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers recent college graduates, graduate students, or professionals interested in global health the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in Haiti.
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Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a memorial to the late Representative Mickey Leland, who spent his life fighting hunger in the United States and around the world.
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Micro-Internships (Parker Dewey)

Projects on Parker Dewey come from a variety of industries and disciplines. From working directly with an entrepreneur to supporting a large enterprise, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different roles and company cultures. You’ll find assignments for marketing like copywriting and working in social media, sales projects like lead generation, operations tasks like building reports, and more. International students must receive work authorization to complete a project through Parker Dewey. Please see OISS (oiss.yale.edu).
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Mississippi Teacher Corps

The Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) selects exceptional college graduates to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. MTC provides training, support, certification, and a full scholarship for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Mississippi. During the school year, participants receive full pay and benefits from their school district and attend graduate classes at the University of Mississippi.
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MusicScholarships.US

MusicScholarships.US is dedicated to helping music students find the right scholarship and financial aid providers. The proprietor of MusicScholarship.US is a concert-class cellist, Leah Kim, who understands the challenges faced by music students seeking financial assistance for higher education. Considered one of the most respected Music Scholarship informational websites, we feature dozens of the latest Music Financial Aid and Scholarship links for information from a wide variety of institutions and organizations.
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National Urban Fellows Program

The National Urban Fellows Academic and Leadership Program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate program for mid-career professionals.
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NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program annually provides on-the-job learning experiences at the national office in Indianapolis to college graduates who are passionate in their pursuit of a career in college sports administration.
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New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.

The New Haven Legal Assistance Association uses a combination of individual representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy and community legal education to improve the lives of poor people and to increase access to justice.
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New Israel Fund Fellowships

The New Israel Fund (NIF) helps Israel live up to its founders’ vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants. Our aim is to advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel.
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New Visions for Public Schools Urban Teacher Residency

From recent college graduates to career changers, our diverse group of residents are committed to powerfully impacting students’ lives through teaching in New York City public schools.
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New Voices Fellowship

The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. The Fellowship offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

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