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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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New York Musical Theater Festival Internship Program

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.
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New York Theatre Workshop

Founded in 1979, New York Theatre Workshop is dedicated to ensuring the robust and compelling presence of the artist in our society. This mission is manifested in two distinct but equally important focuses of activity: first through producing an annual season of productions in our 199-seat theatre in Manhattan’s East Village and second, by inviting theatre-makers at all stages of their careers to participate in activities that allow them to gain support for both themselves and their projects.
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NIH Academy

The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues. The NIH Academy trains future researchers and physician scientists to actively engage in promoting a society in which all people live healthy lives and have equal access to health care.
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NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education

Internships and Short-Term research training programs for undergraduate and post-graduate students.
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NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program

The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
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Nonprofit Career Match

Connects people who want to make a difference to the jobs that do. It is the NonProfit Times Job Search listing and also includes assistance with the Resources Section (interview and resume assistance, online videos, career coaches and more).
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NonProfit Jobs

Welcome to NonProfitJobs, an on-line gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another. This site includes a searchable nonprofit job board.
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NonprofitJobSource

NonprofitJobSource.com is the cost-effective mission-focused nonprofit career site and comprehensive source for posting and finding nonprofit jobs. Simply search nonprofit jobs, or when you create a free profile you have access to even more benefits. Post your confidential resume, store jobs of interest, and manage your career search.
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NPR Kroc Fellowship

The NPR Kroc Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to identify and develop the next generation of extraordinary public media journalists. Three fellows are selected each year and receive hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.
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NYC Civic Corps

Each year, NYC Service, in the Office of the Mayor, places 100 NYC Civic Corps members (AmeriCorps) at 50 City agencies and community-based organizations to serve a service term lasting from September to mid-July (10.25 months). These AmeriCorps members serve full-time to build volunteer management systems and leverage 50,000 volunteers to increase the quality and quantity of services delivered to underserved and vulnerable individuals in all five boroughs.
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NYC Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by The City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The program is designed to introduce America's finest college students and graduates to local government and public service.
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Omprakash

Since 2004, we have been dedicated to building mutually beneficial & educational relationships between grassroots social impact organizations and volunteers, donors & classrooms around the world who can learn from & support their work.

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