Gap Year Options

A Gap Year is a period of time, usually after graduation, when students take time to pursue a short term opportunity before pursuing graduate school or starting a longer-term job. Gap Years can help students explore career options, gain additional experience, give back to the community, and see the world.

Gap Year Options

There are many different possibilities for a Gap Year including work and internship experiences, volunteering, and traveling. A sample list of Gap Year opportunities can be found here. This list is a starting point, so explore other opportunities as well.

You may consider scheduling an appointment with a Career Advisor to discuss your own Gap Year plan. A few great websites with many Gap Year opportunities are idealist.org and pathwaystoscience.org. Gap year opportunities are also often featured through Handshake.

Selecting a Gap Year Program

When searching for Gap Year options, there are a few questions you can ask to choose the appropriate opportunity for you:

  1. What do I hope to gain from taking a Gap Year?
  2. What possible options are available to me?
  3. What are my career interests?
  4. What skills do I want to gain?
  5. What is the time commitment?
  6. What is my financial situation?