Career Services Gap Year Programs
What is a Gap Year?
A “gap year” is a rather loosely defined term, generally meaning an opportunity for students to gain professional or personal experience, accomplish goals, and further explore their interests in the year or two following college graduation. A Gap Year can be individually defined, or structured/programmatic. Anything from a program like Teach For America or Peace Corps, a short-term internship to backpacking across Asia could fall under this category.
Who should investigate a gap year-type experience?
- Students who are unsure about what to do after graduation, and want to explore options
- Students who want to dedicate a year or two to service or personal development, before launching into a career
- Students who want to pursue a project of interest that does not fit the typical mold of graduate school or employment
- Students who are interested in teaching and desire real-world experience
What specific kinds of gap years experiences are there?
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