An extensive list of “gap-year opportunities” for students to undertake some form of work or service experience.
Often called “gap-year opportunities” (or year of service opportunities), these competitive fellowships refer to a prolonged period (often, but not always, a year) between a life-stage, when students undertake some form of work or service experience. College students and recent college graduates tend to be a large percentage of the participants in these programs.
Students will often take a year off from their studies to take part in one of these programs, or will participate after completing their degree. These programs are popular with students upon graduation, since they can provide a great entry-level experience in a variety of fields, or provide a transitional year before continuing further studies.
In addition to the resources below, the Office of National Fellowships has access to many national and international databases to help you find resources for your specific work. For more information, contact Courtney Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the CEO to make an appointment.
Frost Scholarship for STEM study at Oxford (UK)
Deadline: Late January (depends on area of study)
Fulbright Research Grants
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016
National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: Oct. 24-28 (depending on program selected)
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Camphill Soltane Community Co-Workers (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania)
Center for California Studies Capital Fellows Program (California)
City Hall Fellows (Baton Rouge, Houston, San Francisco)
City Year (Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Greater Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, Tulsa, Washington, D.C.)
Deadlines: 4 per year – Mid-February, Late April, Late September, Mid-November
Congressional Hunger Center, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship (District of Columbia)
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Kansas City and St. Louis)
Deadline: January to middle of the spring depending on the program
El Pomar Foundation Fellowship (Colorado)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2-Year Environmental Careers Program (ECP) (Nationwide)
Deadline: Rolling, but most ECP opportunities are posted in October and November
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Intern Program (District of Columbia)
Deadline: Late January
Green Corps (Nationwide)
Deadline: January or February depending on the city
Health Corps (Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C.)
Deadline: 3 per year – Early December, early February and early April
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (Washington, D.C.; Wilmington, DE; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Twin Cities, MN; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; Bay Area, CA; Omaha, NE; Atlanta, GA)
Deadlines: 2 per year – Mid-January & early April
Quaker Experiential Service and Training (QUEST) (Washington)
Quaker Information Center Extensive listing of gap year and internship opportunities at Quaker and Non-Quaker organizations.
Quaker United Nations Office Program Assistants (New York)
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award (USA and Worldwide)
Student Conservation Association: Conservation Corps (Nationwide)
U.S. PIRG Fellowships & Campus Organizers (Nationwide)
Venture for America (Nationwide)
Deadline: Early October, early December and mid-February
Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice (District of Columbia)
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice (District of Columbia)
Not available this year. Next year’s information will be available in September, 2013.)
Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) Fellows Program (District of Columbia and New York City)
American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India (India)
Deadline: Early February
Peace Corps (Worldwide)
Princeton-in-Africa (Multiple countries in Africa)
Princeton-in-Asia (Multiple countries in Asia)
Princeton-in-Latin America (Multiple countries in Latin America)
Teaching in the year(s) following graduation can be a valuable and enriching experience no matter what area you are ultimately looking to pursue a career in. The act of teaching allows you to gain a better understanding of how to communicate and confer information to others in the most effective way. This is a useful experience and skill to have in a workplace and beyond.
Many teaching fellowships and opportunities will also give you the chance to go abroad, where you can experience other languages, cultures, and education systems. Many of these programs will award their teaching fellows stipends and travel accommodations.
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
Blue Engine Teaching Fellowship
Location: New York
Deadline: First deadline—January, second deadline—February
Blue Engine Partners with public high schools serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor and prepare dramatically greater numbers of students for post-secondary success.
Boston Teacher Residency
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Deadline: Early—November; Regular—January; Spring Deadline—March
Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is a master’s program in education that recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members and gives them the tools they need to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Teacher Residents spend the full academic year in a BPS classroom, teaching alongside an experienced mentor and applying theory to practice through rigorous coursework. Their commitment earns them a master’s degree in education from UMass Boston, a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License and credit toward a dual license in Special Education.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We have a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields.
Chicago Teaching Residency
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Deadline: Early—December; Regular—February; Final—March.
Location: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas
Deadline: Early—October; Fall—November; Spring—March
City on a Hill Corps Tutoring Program
Location: Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington
Deadline: four per year—February 15, April 15, May 31, November 15
City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities actually need, and what their schools are designed to provide.
Culver Academies One-Year Internship Program
Location: Culver, Indiana
This program focuses mainly on those whose interests lie in teaching, but also offers internships in such areas as wellness, communications, technology, and athletics. This program provides apprenticeships through which individuals gain the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue successful careers in secondary independent schools as well as valuable work experience for dynamic and highly motivated young adults pursuing opportunities outside of the educational field.
Location: Deerfield, Massachusetts
Deerfield is committed to the development of new teachers. Believing that an apprenticeship relationship and ongoing education are the best ways to develop the craft of teaching, Deerfield’s Teaching Fellows program is based on mentoring by veteran faculty members and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania over the course of two years.
Education Group Independent School Teacher Placement
Our firm, founded in 1988 to assist independent schools with their faculty hiring, works in a distinct way. By getting to know our candidate, knowing the distinctive culture and needs of our schools, and screening to the specific requirements of the position, we are able to make referrals and good candidate/school matches. As a firm of educators, we believe this process is invaluable to producing win/win outcomes, and long lasting relationships.
GeoCorps Diversity Internships are paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—America’s National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands. The principal goal of the GeoCorps Diversity Internships is to stimulate interesting careers in geoscience research and education among groups underrepresented in geoscience professions.
Greenwich Country Day School Co-Teacher Program
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
The co-teacher program employs 27 college graduates participating in a one or two year experience fostering exploration of the elementary and early childhood teaching profession. Participants explore all aspects of an elementary classroom. Additional responsibilities include either coaching athletic teams in grades 6-9 or working in the after school program in grades 1-3.
Groton School Teacher-Intern Program
Location: Groton, Massachusetts
Groton School has offered a teacher-intern program for nearly 40 years. Named for retired 48-year faculty member Charles Alexander, the program serves recent college graduates interested in working under supervision to develop the varied skills required of secondary boarding school teachers. The program offers as wide an exposure as possible to all aspects of life at the School. The intern’s responsibilities will include supervised teaching under the guidance of an experienced member of the department, observation of other classes, and teaching or assisting in at least one other class.
Location: Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas
The HealthCorps curriculum is composed of three sections — Mental Resilience, Nutrition and Fitness. This curriculum is aimed at both educating students and providing a holistic and relevant view of the role health plays in their lives.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Location: Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, California
Since 2011, the fellowship program has focused on the ways that different states are implementing the Affordable Care Act, and the implications of policy decisions for health care providers and patients. The fellowship program provides a week-long site visit and in-depth state-specific briefings for invited health and health policy journalists, with invitations tailored to the topics and issues addressed.
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on three criteria: the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is a one-year urban education fellowship focused on our tutoring and mentoring program.
Math for America
Location: Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Utah, and Washington, D.C.
Deadline: January – February
The Math for America Fellowship is a highly selective, five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools. The Fellowship includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years teaching math and participating in MƒA corps activities and professional development. MƒA Fellows are mathematically sophisticated individuals who are new to teaching and use their talents to make a difference in students’ lives.
Nashville Teaching Fellows
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Deadline: Early Deadline—November; Regular Deadline—January; Final Deadline—March.
Noble & Greenough School Teaching Fellow Program
Location: Dedham, Massachusetts
Each year Nobles hires five to seven Teaching Fellows who are beginning their teaching careers and who desire an opportunity to both teach independently and be closely mentored. We select Fellows to work in a variety of departments ranging from English, History, Math, Classics and languages (Spanish, French, Latin, and Japanese) to Administrative Fellows in admissions and diversity initiatives.
NYC Teaching Fellows
Location: New York City
Deadline: First Deadline—November; Second Deadline—December; Final Deadline—January; Extended Deadline—February.
Oakland Teaching Fellows
Location: Oakland, California
Deadline: Early Deadline—December; Priority Deadline—January; Regular Deadline— February; Final Deadline—Late February.
Phillips Academy Andover Teaching Fellowship Program
Location: Andover, Massachusetts
During a one-year teaching fellowship, the recent college graduate (bachelor’s or master’s level) is introduced to a professional career through a program of guided classroom work, professional seminars, and exposure to the theories and methods of experienced faculty.
Progressive Education Lab
Location: New York
PEL is a two year fellowship (a training year followed by an internship) designed to give young people who wish to become teachers an understanding of the fundamentals of progressive theory while learning from their experiences at four different progressive schools. PEL’s mission is to prepare new teachers to become powerful educators and agents of change in the profession.
Location: Chapters in Arizona, Central Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, California, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: April-September (depending on location)
Allies serve in full-time apprenticeship positions at local nonprofits, where they create, improve and expand services that address issues including youth development, education, public health, economic development, and the environment. Allies are paid between $1,300 and $1,800 a month (depending on the community), and they receive health care, child care, interest-free student loan deferments, and, upon successful completion of the program, up to $5,500 in an education award to pay back student loans or pay for future education.
St. Paul’s School Teaching Fellow Program
Location: St. Paul, New Hampshire
During the academic year St. Paul’s School employs as many as four recent college graduates to serve as Teaching Fellows, joining the faculty for a one-year appointment. The Teaching Fellow Program allows recent college graduates the opportunity to test and develop their teaching ability and style with support from mentor teachers. At the same time, it provides a sense of the responsibilities and rewards of teaching.
Teach for America
Deadline: Five Deadlines—August 16, September 13, October 25, January 24, February 20
Disparities in education exist throughout the country – urban and rural, east coast to west, small towns and large. Teach For America works with our 48 regional offices to assign corps members to high-need areas.
teachNOLA Louisiana Teaching Fellows
Location: Shreveport and Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Deadline: Early Deadline—December; Regular Deadline—February; Final Deadline—April
Washington, D,.C. Teaching Fellows
Location: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Priority Deadline—January; Regular Deadline—February; Final Deadline— March.
CBYX for Young Professionals
Location: US-German Exchange
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others’ countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.
Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants
Deadline: January 9 to April 1
English Opens Doors Program in Chile
Deadline: February to April
The EODP is a branch of the Ministry of Education designed to improve English language education in schools throughout Chile. Volunteers teach 35 hours a week at public schools under the supervision of Chilean 5th-12th grade teachers. Students live with a host family for the duration of the program. Full-time volunteers make a lasting impact on the lives of their students, motivating them to improve their English and participate in cross-cultural exchange. English Open Doors Volunteers teach alongside a Chilean co-teacher in either public or semi-private schools. Volunteers are placed throughout Chile, and work with students ranging from fifth to 12th grade.
English Program in Korea (EPIK)
Location: South Korea
Responsibilities include assisting Korean teachers with their English classes, and/or jointly conduct English classes with Korean teachers, and/or extracurricular activities or English camps. Students will also conduct English conversation classes for Korean students and teachers.
French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy Teaching Assistantship
Deadline: Jan. 15
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016
The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
GAIN was created by DAAD in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) to provide support for German scholars and scientists working in North America by facilitating networking within the community and improving the flow of information on current developments in higher education and new career opportunities at German universities, research institutions, and companies.
Hellenic American Education Foundation Teaching Fellowship
Fellows are at the College for a full school day (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with occasional Saturdays for specific events) and teach in supervised English classes and/or work in the HAEF University Applications and Counseling Office and the HAEF Library, and have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of students at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Fellows are also involved as coaches and mentors in the Forensics Club – the College’s largest English language theater and debate club – where they are able to connect with the students in a fun, creative, and supportive setting. At the end of the school year, Fellows take part in the English language Summer Camp in June-July.
Interac is Japan’s leading private provider of Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs). Our highly motivated and qualified teachers serve thousands of schools and boards of education throughout every region of Japan, working with children from kindergarten to high school.
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, now in its 27th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2013, the Programme welcomed 4,372 participants from 40 countries.
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.
Princeton in Latin America
Location: Latin America
Deadline: Nov. 22
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) 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.
Location: see below
Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization located at Princeton University. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for this region of the world. For the 2014-2015 academic year, PiA expects to offer approximately 145 full-year fellowships in the following countries: Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Teach and Learn with Georgia
Volunteer teachers will stay in Georgia for at least one year and experience once in a lifetime opportunities, such as getting familiarized with amazing Georgian customs and traditions by living with local families, experiencing unique Georgian folklore and cuisine by socializing with local communities, and learning the Georgian language, one of the 14 existing alphabets in the world, should they wish to do so. Benefits: monthly stipend, housing, insurance, round-trip airfare, local cell phone
Teach for Thailand
Deadline: December (fall cycle); April (spring cycle)
TTC places American graduates in underserved Thai schools as English language teachers. TTC believes that language skills are an essential foundation for a better life and a better world. Thai students equipped with English proficiency are positioned to succeed in school, work, and life, and to make an impact in their communities. Teach Thailand Corps has learned from and adapted elements of the Peace Corps philosophy of service and learning. TTC will provide housing, a monthly stipend, domestic work-related travel, and work permit and visa.
U.S. Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools
Each year, more than 140 college graduates from the United States teach in Austria under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education (BMB) Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program. The purpose of this program, which draws assistants not only from the English-speaking world but also from France, Italy, Russia, and Spain, is to bring talented and enthusiastic young people from abroad into the classrooms of secondary schools in communities large and small all over Austria. Ultimately, it is the job of these native speakers as teaching assistants to make learning a foreign language a lively cross-cultural encounter for their students.
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