Postgraduate Gap-Year Opportunities

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  • Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti)
    Anseye Pou Ayiti envisions an education system in Haiti that affords all the country’s citizens their human right to a high-quality education by promoting teacher excellence and student success.

    Blue Engine
    Blue Engine provides recent college graduates an opportunity to engage in one year of direct service designed to accelerate academic achievement in high-need public high schools.

    Citizen Schools
    Citizen Schools puts talented young educators into a second shift of middle schools across the country, working on a team with school leaders, families, and volunteers in a proven model. Get on-the-job educator training, hone professional skills in a key nonprofit area, and impact the community in a meaningful way.

    City Year
    City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.

    Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program
    This program is a part of Americorps that places Fellows who commit to a year of service at non-profit organizations, schools, and city agencies across Massachusetts to create, lead, and manage youth development projects.

    MATCH Corps Urban Education/Teaching Fellowship 
    This is an 11 month (August through June) residential fellowship program. It pairs Corps members with 6-7 MATCH High or Middle School students. Corps members run small group or 1-on-1 tutorials every day, run extracurriculars, coach sports, and serve as a Teaching Assistant to one of our classroom teachers or as an Administrative Assistant in each of the school departments.

    Math for America
    The mission of Math for America is to improve mathematics and science education in US public secondary schools by building a corps of outstanding STEM teachers and leaders. Our goal is to support those outstanding STEM teachers already in the classroom and to increase the number of mathematically talented individuals entering teaching. The Math for America Fellowship is for individuals with a degree, substantial mathematics coursework, and provides for a scholarship for a Master’s or teacher certification program, as well as teacher training.

    Mississippi Teachers Corps
    The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year graduate program that recruits college graduates to teach in critical-need areas of Mississippi. The program is only open to non-education majors.

    The New York Teaching Fellows
    For individuals looking to embark on a career in education but do not have an education degree, the New York Teaching Fellows program offers a high-quality teacher training program to begin a post-graduation education and career with hands-on training and experience. Fellows are trained during the summer, and most Fellows find employment in the New York Public School system in the following year.

    Princeton in Asia
    Princeton in Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Princeton in Asia’s Home Office is located on the Princeton University campus. Princeton in Asia is a private, independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) affiliated with Princeton University.

    Princeton in Latin America 
    Princeton in Latin America 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. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by Princeton University.

    Public Allies Fellowship
    The Public Allies fellowship program at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center supports new ways of leading that are right for the times and right for a unique student population. The Fellowship Program provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development at the nationally recognized Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center located in Estes Park, Colorado.

    School for Ethics and Global Leadership – SEGL Fellowship 
    Located in Washington, DC, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership is a semester-long residential program for a diverse group of intellectually motivated high school juniors from across the United States. This fellowship represents an extraordinary opportunity for a rising star in the nonprofit sector to help build a school that is changing the world. The School for Ethics and Global Leadership is seeking a small number of enthusiastic, committed team members to help supervise, teach, and mentor students, and to take a leadership role in key administrative areas.

    Teach for America  
    All kids—no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or what their skin color is – deserve access to a great education. But in our country today, low-income children do not have the same access to a great education as their wealthier peers. It’s not easy to close this gap, but hundreds of proof points show that it’s possible. It takes committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for students tomorrow. Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by developing such leaders.

    WorldTeach
    WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. It also addressed a growing interest among people in the U.S. and elsewhere to serve, teach and learn as volunteers overseas. WorldTeach provides opportunities for volunteers to teach in developing countries for year programs that are 10-12 months long or summer programs that are 2 months in length. The program can cost the volunteers up to thousands of dollars.

  • Global Health Corps 
    GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. We currently place fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. Our mission is to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. We are building a community of changemakers who share a common belief: Health is a human right.

    Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program
    Practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases; conduct high priority infectious disease research in public health laboratories

    Emerson National Hunger Fellowship 
    The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty. Each year 20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. Fellows are placed for half their term of service with urban and rural community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level. For the other half of their service, they are placed with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement.

    FAO Schwarz Fellowship 
    The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact  The program funds paid positions at high-impact nonprofit organizations for recent college graduates with leadership potential who are interested in careers in social change

    Institute for Women’s Policy Research – Marian K. Chamberlain Fellowship 
    The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program.

    Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellows 
    The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health offers two recent college graduates planning on entering the health professions the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic, where they act as liaisons between Medical Missionaries—the US-based organization that built and funds the clinic—and the clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The fellowship begins in the summer and ends in the summer of the following year.

    Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
    The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is a unique leadership development opportunity for experienced, motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty worldwide. This two-year program begins with a one-year field placement in countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Fellows are assigned to national and international non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations. Fellows spend their second year in a policy environment, usually at the headquarters of the organizations where they served during their field placements.

    NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program
    Provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the NIH.

    ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 
    The ORISE program places individuals from the academic community (students, recent graduates, and faculty) in DoD research projects.

    Princeton in Asia 
    Princeton in Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Princeton in Asia is a private, independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) affiliated with Princeton University.

    Princeton in Latin America 
    Princeton in Latin America 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. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by Princeton University.

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    Peace Corps
    The Peace Corps Volunteers must commit to two years of service. Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Volunteers collaborate with local community members to work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.

    Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $20,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

    The Jeremiah Fellowship The Jeremiah Fellowship educates and trains a select cohort of young adults to become the next generation of Jewish social justice changemakers.

    The Autry Fellowship
    The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates interested in careers in social justice. It provides an opportunity to work for one year at MDC as a full-time, paid staff member. MDC’s work is primarily in the American South, where a history of inequality and exclusion has trapped millions in circumstances below their potential.

    AmeriCorps NCCC
    AmeriCorps NCCC members serve for a 10-month commitment in teams of 8 to 12 and are assigned to projects throughout the region served by their campus. They are trained in CPR, first aid, public safety, and other skills before beginning their first service project. Members are based at one of five regional campuses and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions.

    AmeriCorps VISTA
    AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.

    AmeriCorps
    Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps.

    Jewish Organizing Initiative
    The Jewish Organizing Initiative builds a vibrant, pluralistic community of Jewish young adults who learn grassroots community organizing, explore their Jewish identity together, and become leaders in the pursuit of social justice. Our year-long paid community organizing fellowship is a year of field experience and professional development for young Jewish adults (21-30) who are interested in systemic change and community building.

    American India Foundation/William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India 
    The AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service gives a select group of young American professionals the opportunity to serve with Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for ten months. Fellows work in the three pillar areas of AIF: Public Health, Education, & Livelihoods. The AIF Clinton Fellowship Program aims to build the capacity of Indian NGOs while developing American leaders with a deep understanding of, and continued commitment to, India through an exchange of technical skills & intellectual resources that create meaningful transformative partnerships.

    American Jewish Committee Goldman Bridge Fellowship 
    Cooperation among faith and ethnic groups is a vital ingredient to maintaining the strong, vibrant, democratic fabric of this country. A new generation of young leaders will determine the future of that democracy. This Fellowship is an effort on the part of the Jewish community to focus on building the skills and inspiration needed to engage in that work – within the Jewish community and as a catalyzing force outside of it.

    Indicorps Fellowship
    Each year, Indicorps selects young professionals of Indian origin for one and two year service fellowships with grassroots service organizations in India. To be eligible for the fellowship program, you must be a person of Indian origin (Government of India definition) and have at minimum a university degree or five years work experience. Individuals apply specifically to projects of their interest.

    Princeton in Asia
    Princeton in Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Princeton in Asia’s Home Office is located on the Princeton University campus. Princeton in Asia is a private, independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) affiliated with Princeton University.

    Princeton in Latin America
    Princeton in Latin America 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. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by Princeton University.

    IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise
    The IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise is a 10-month professional development program for recent graduates interested in social entrepreneurship. IDEX partners with education entrepreneurs in India to immerse fellows in the daily management and strategic development of a growing social venture.

  • American Jewish Committee – The Helen and Martin Kimmel Internship Program  
    College and graduate students are encouraged to apply for volunteer internships year-round at The American Jewish Committee. Interns have the unique opportunity to get an insider’s look at the work of AJC in areas such as diplomatic outreach, Israel advocacy, intergroup and interethnic relations, and public relations.

    Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship  
    The APAICS Fellowship provides exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as full-time staff members (9-month position) of a Congressional office, Federal agency, or non-profit community organization.

    California Capital Fellows Program  
    The Center administers four fellowship programs: Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, Executive Fellowship, Judicial Administration Fellowship, and California Senate Fellows. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship   
    This Fellowship Program offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows have the opportunity to work in areas such as international affairs, economic development, health and education policy, housing, or local government.

    Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs  
    The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

    Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Young Fellows Program
    FCNL Young Fellows spend 11 months working in Washington, DC, with key staff members to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective. The program is full-time and paid a subsistence-level salary with benefits. Fellows work under the title “program assistant” and work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.

    Gaither Junior Fellows Program
    Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

    Institute for Women’s Policy Research – Marian K. Chamberlain Fellowship  
    The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information, and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program.

    NYC Urban Fellow  
    The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship that combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City.

    Scoville Peace Fellowship  
    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia.

  • Echoing Green 
    Since 1987, Echoing Green has provided seed funding and support to nearly 500 social entrepreneurs with bold ideas for social change in order to launch groundbreaking organizations around the world. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity.

    The Greenlining Institute Leadership Academy
    Thriving communities of color urgently need a generation of young people who are informed and engaged in addressing the most critical issues facing their communities. The Greenlining Academy works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change. We seek to develop a network of visionary leaders ready to work across racial and ethnic lines to address America’s most pressing problems and develop sustainable solutions rooted in equity and justice.

    The Greenlining Institute Leadership Academy: Fellows Program 
    As part of Greenlining's overall mission to impact state and national policy and secure community reinvestment on behalf of low-income and communities of color, the Greenlining Academy works to develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders and informed community members through its leadership training programs. The Fellowship program is a year-long training program for young leaders that have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program.

    National Urban Fellows Program 
    National Urban Fellows' leadership development program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising two semesters of academic course work and a nine-month mentorship assignment. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, and full payment of tuition, in addition to their ongoing personal and professional development. The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

    New Voices Fellowship 
    New Voices, inaugurated in 1999, is a national leadership development program that helps nonprofit organizations recruit or retain innovative, new talent. It awards salary-support grants to small nonprofits demonstrating a commitment to cultivating and strengthening the leadership potential of creative and diverse "new voices" in the field.

    Public Allies
    Public Allies employs three integrated strategies to develop the next generation of leaders and re-define leadership for our times. The Public Allies signature AmeriCorps Ally Program identifies diverse young adults and prepares them for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training. Our Alumni Programs connect and engage the growing Public Allies network of diverse leaders and invests in those positioned to make the greatest impact. Public Allies' training and consulting arm, The Leadership Practice, magnifies our results by helping leaders and organizations better harness the assets of diverse teams and communities.

  • AVODAH
    AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. Participants in our service Corps program live out and deepen their commitments to social change and Jewish life through a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.

    Catholic Network for Volunteer Service
    The CNVS is a non-profit membership organization of hundreds of domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs.

    Jesuit Volunteers International
    JVs work with domestic and international partners to provide a stipend for volunteers to contribute for a year (two years for international placements). Fundraising is required prior to service, but needs are provided for during the term of service while volunteers directly serve poor and marginalized communities.

    MASA
    Masa Israel journey offers a range of Jewish Studies programs designed to deepen your connection to our traditions and to the Jewish people. Programs range from rigorous interdisciplinary studies of the Jewish people and civilization at some of the world’s top universities to Torah instruction and study at Israel’s leading yeshivas and seminaries. Delve into the history of the Jewish people, explore your own Jewish identity, gain familiarity with a wide variety of Jewish texts or study to become a Jewish communal professional.

  • Climate Corps 
    If you are passionate about addressing climate change, committed to making a difference at the community level, and want an exceptional opportunity to develop real-world skills to build a career in the environmental sustainability field, SEI's Climate Corps Fellowship Program may be for you.

    CivicSpark Fellowship 
    ICivicSpark and Climate Action Corps offer unique opportunities for those passionate about environmental and community resilience to gain direct experience, build strong networks, and gain professional, technical, and leadership skills through service.

    Green Corps’ Environmental Leadership Training Program
    The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.