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Planning a "Gap" or "Bridge" Year

A one- or two-year position or other experience may be right for you, especially if you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions:

  • Does the year following graduation look like a great time for travel, making a contribution through a service experience, or something else you'd like to do?
  • Do you feel like you need time to figure out what you really want to do and gain some perspective on your life goals?
  • Would one or more relevant experiences enhance your applications for employment or graduate school?
  • Do you need a break before entering graduate school?
  • Can you identify with statements like these?
    • I think I want to be a teacher, but I'm not really sure.
    • I'm interested in both law school and graduate school in government, but I don't know which I prefer.
    • Now that I've taken the MCAT and made it through almost four years of being a premed, I'm not sure I want to go to medical school after all. At the very least I know I could be a stronger candidate with more hands-on experience.

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Gap or "Bridge" Year
  • 2Seeds Network Project Coordinator (Tanzania)

    Project Coordinators will spend one year in a small team to create or develop innovative and self-sustaining agricultural/economic development projects in Tanzania. Projects must be community-driven, operationally sustainable, and have a measurable impact on the food and income security of the community members that it serves.

  • A Broader View Volunteers

    Arranges volunteer experiences of weeks or months in duration in disadvantaged communities in many parts of the world. Costs vary by country and duration, and include room and board. Programs include health care, women's support, environment, teaching, community development, and others.

  • American-Scandinavian Foundation

    Paid short-term and long-term training positions with private industry and technical universities in chemistry, computer science, forestry, horticulture and engineering are available in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

  • Americorps

    AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs.

  • Asia Pacific Leadership Program

    Graduate-level nine-month certificate program (including a minimum 5-month residency at the East-West Center in Honolulu) that combines regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership skills. Recent graduates and enrolled graduate students as well as mid-career professionals are eligible. Deadlines vary. e-mail contacts: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/help/web-help#email-us

  • Asian Cultural Council

    Individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the U.S. Americans seeking aid to undertake activities in Asia are also eligible to apply. Funding from one month to one year available. Deadlines vary. Website for list of contacts: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/contact-us/

  • BUNAC

    Offers travel/working abroad programs for students as an alternative to tourism.

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program

    Year-long paid internship for graduating seniors interested in careers in international affairs. Internship is at the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace in Washington, DC. Although U.S. citizenship isn’t necessary, applicant must be eligible to work in the U.S. Cornell endorsement is required. Campus Deadline: Early December.

  • City Year

    City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

  • Council on International Exchanges (CIEE)

    Nonprofit organization providing work and teaching opportunities abroad.

  • Cross Cultural Solutions

    Sends short-term volunteers abroad to provide humanitarian assistance in China, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Peru, and Russia. Also in partnership with CARE.

  • Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships

    Funding to conduct public service projects anywhere in the world. E-mail: info@echoinggreen.org

  • El Pomar Fellowship in Community Service

    Two-year salaried program for graduates of four-year universities or colleges, who have a Colorado connection, can demonstrate leadership potential, and have an interest in community and/or public service.

  • Fulbright

    Educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the U.S. and students from 144 countries. Students interested in applying for the Fulbright Student Program must apply through the Fulbright Program Office in their home country.

  • Great Au Pair

    GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Au Pairs. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Au Pairs with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job... Either way, if you want great Au Pairs, we’ve got you covered.

  • Green Corps

    As the field school for environmental organizing, seeks people who are serious about saving the planet, have experience working with environmental or social change issues, and have demonstrated leadership experience. The program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and placement in permanent leadership positions with leading environmental groups. The application process begins in late fall.

  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships

    Internship opportunity for college graduates to serve 6-9 months with a participating organization of their choice in Washington DC. Deadlines vary.

  • Idealist.org

    Internship and job listings with nonprofit organizations; nonprofit career advice, and Idealist-sponsored nonprofit career fairs.

  • Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) Scholarship

    Applicants must be natives of countries in the Western Hemisphere, journalists or students in the final year of their journalism course, be between 21 and 35 years old, be fluent in the language of the country where they will go to study. Journalism students will have to complete their university studies before the start of the scholarship year. Apply between October and January.

  • Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums and also Conservation Fellowships

    One-year post-graduate internships in art history, conservation, museum education, or curation. Deadline: Early April.

  • J.W Saxe Fund Network/Resources for Public Service

    The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund provides scholarships annually to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job during a summer or other term.

  • Josephine de Karman Fellowship

    Only current undergraduate seniors, or graduate candidates who’ll defend their dissertations by that same year are eligible. Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.

  • Mabelle Arole Fellowship

    For pre-meds – must be accepted to medical school but not begun. Fellows live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year and gain experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project. Funding provided for housing, living expenses, and airfare.

  • National Coro Fellows 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, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Deadline in January.

  • National Institute of Health Training Programs

    The OITE offers comprehensive career/professional/personal development activities for trainees at all educational levels.

  • Peace Corps

    Contains information on becoming a volunteer, background on the organization, "Domestic" information and more.

  • ProWorld Service Corps

    From a two week internship to a three month semester, every one of our participants contributes to sustainable development. Those development projects are at the core of what ProWorld does and without you, our participants, we couldn’t do it. Although you may see yourself as only one volunteer, as part of the greater whole of ProWorld, you are changing the world one community at a time.

  • Rotary Peace Scholarships

    Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Deadlines vary by Rotary district.

  • SAGA Innovations

    They proviide "high dosage" tutoring with at-risk students. Fellows sign up for ten months of full-time tutoring in an urban school district. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Locations are in Chicago and New York City. Tutors receive a stipend, healthcare, and other benefits.

  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellowship Award

    Annual stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. To apply, student must develop a proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad. Deadline: Mid January.

  • Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE/GWS Awards)

    For graduate women in the natural sciences. Phone: 585-395-5757.

  • Smithsonian

    Competitive internship and fellowship programs as well as externally peer reviewed grant programs bring students and scholars from universities, museums and research Institutes from the U.S. and abroad to the Smithsonian Institution to maximize the use and research potential of its vast collections and facilities.

  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (IAM)

    Links to short-term and summer positions, summer study programs, and fellowships.

  • Student Conservation Association (SCA)

    Internship, job, and volunteer opportunities as well as advice on careers in conservation.

  • Teach for America

    Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

  • The Presidential Scholars Program at the American University in Cairo

    A one-year fellowship for recent graduates that combines work experience at an international university with the opportunity to learn Arabic and experience life in Cairo. Benefits = housing, Arabic language courses, monthly excursions, and health care.

  • Winston Foundation for World Peace Fellowships

    Supports undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in cooperative security, conflict resolution, and disarmament. Fellows design their own projects, usually involving public education, media outreach, and grassroots organizing. Applicants are expected to work full-time with a non-profit organization. Information and application materials, e-mail: winstonfoun@igc.apc.org or write: Winston Foundation Fellowships, 2040 S Street NW, Suite 201 Washington, DC 20009-1157. Ph: 202-483-4215.

Communications
  • NPR Fellowships

    NPR fellowships offer early to mid-career professionals an opportunity to share their talents and hone their skills while working at NPR and our Member Stations.

  • NPR Internships

    A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history, helping us discover nearly 10% of our current staff including Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, Guy Raz and many more. From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities.

  • Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program (Journalism)

    The fellowships, consisting of paid internships, will be provided to young thinkers and writers whose views are broadly consistent with Bob Bartley's philosophy and who aspire to careers in journalism. Applicants should be beginning journalists, upperclassmen or graduate students with reporting and writing backgrounds at their school newspapers or elsewhere.

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Environmental
  • American Conservation Experience

    A non-profit conservation corps offering opportunities for volunteers to take part in challenging outdoor projects in many of the most beautiful National Parks, National Forests and wilderness areas in the Western United States.

  • American Hiking Society - Volunteer Vacations Site

    Lists volunteer opportunities and working vacations in "America's great outdoors." Arranged by state. Also links to state parks and related government agencies.

  • Central European Teaching Program

    Teaching in state-run, Central European schools.

  • Environment America Fellowship

    A two-year program that allows recent college graduates to work side by side with leaders in the environmental movement and get the training they need to tackle the environmental challenges we’re facing today—from global warming and energy policy, to cleaning up our air and water, and preserving our open spaces.

  • Forfar Field Station One-Year Internship (Bahamas)

    International Field Studies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization promoting science education and research since 1970. IFS provides students with the unique opportunity for hands-on, outdoor, environmental education. Offering trips that range in length from one week to one semester, subjects such as marine biology, botany, ornithology, geology, archaeology, oceanography, or ichthyology can be covered individually as areas of specialization or comprehensively in a broad overview of subtropical ecology.There are many topics to be explored in the social sciences as there is a rich culture and interesting history embodied in the people the island. Paid. Check website for details.

  • Full Belly Farm One-year Apprenticeship

    A one-year experience on an organic farm for people who are serious about agriculture, food, or farming. The farm is located in a valley about an hour outside Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Much training is provided. Tasks include weeding, taking care of the animals, writing the weekly not for the CSA boxes, special projects, and field work.

  • Hidden Villa Education Internship (one year)

    A nonprofit educational org. that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach about the environment and social justice. It covers 1600 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

  • Kieve Leadership School Teacher Position (1-2 years)

    Located in Maine, Kieve-Wavus Education promotes environmental stewardship through year-round experiential programs and camps for youth and adults. The position runs from mid-August thru mid-November and mid-February thru mid-June. It involves using a experiential teaching/learning methodology.

  • Naturalist Internship at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School

    A September to June program that offers "the equivalent of a university level teacher training program for people who want to be professional outdoor science educators." Interns receive thorough training before taking on a group of their own students. They rotate through positions as recreation leader, health coordinator, and “evening principal.” Location = Sonora, CA.

  • U. of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium Internship (1 year)

    Designed for recent college graduates who would like some teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology. Property is composed of 700 acres of maritime forest and open field, 1,000 acres of salt marsh, and 18 acres of freshwater ponds.

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Government and Public Policy
  • City Hall Fellows

    A 12-month, paid, position for graduating seniors. The fellowship "integrates hands-on experience working within the highest levels of local government with intensive training in how cities work." Fellows will be placed in 3 cities: Houston; San Francisco; and Baton Rouge.

  • City of New York Urban Fellows Program

    Prestigious 9-month program provides an intensive orientation to the process and responsibilities of City government. Office placements have included human services, criminal justice, health, housing, transportation and economic development. Stipend of $30,000 + health insurance coverage Applications due in January.

  • Code for America

    Code for America helps governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web. Through our Fellowship, Accelerator, and Brigade, we're building a network of cities, citizens, community groups, and startups, all equally committed to reimagining government for the 21st century

  • Environment America Fellowship

    A two-year program that allows recent college graduates to work side by side with leaders in the environmental movement and get the training they need to tackle the environmental challenges we’re facing today—from global warming and energy policy, to cleaning up our air and water, and preserving our open spaces.

  • John Kenneth Galbraith Public Policy Fellowship Program

    For recent graduates and graduate students interested in careers in public policy or economics. Awarded for full-time work during four, six, eight or twelve month periods. Based in Washington, DC. Applicants must demonstrate strong research and writing skills, community services and leadership experience and a commitment to liberal ideals.

  • New York City Urban Fellows Program

    For recent graduates to gain meaningful work experience in NYC public policy, urban planning and government operations as they consider careers in public service. Nine month duration.

  • The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

    Fellows spend a year "fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders." They shape and implement anti-hunger programs all over the U.S. then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C.

  • White House Fellows

    White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions, early in their careers.

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Health
  • Community Health Corps

    An AmeriCorps program. Members serve in 19 states, both in rural and urban areas, meeting the needs of migrant farm workers, the uninsured, under insured, and homeless individuals. Roles include clinic assistant, health educator, client advocate, marketing assistant, and pre-natal assistant.

  • HealthCorps

    An AmeriCorps program, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America's underserved, while developing tomorrow's health care workforce.  Community HealthCorps members (through AmeriCorps) perform a variety of activities associated with health services and programs for patients and community, often by functioning as community health workers. Benefits include living allowance, health care, education award. Must be U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

  • Horseshoe Farm Fellowship

    A 13-month program for students preparing for careers in medicine or healthcare as well as other students with strong leadership potential. Located on a 70 acre farm campus in Greensboro, Alabama. Fellows are trained to provide leadership in service to their communities and potentially to develop innovative community based solutions to the problems facing the broader healthcare system. Training involves readings and discussions to health care systems topics including health care law and ethics, health care economics, the structure and financing of the health care system, the history of American medicine, and health policy.

  • Mabelle Arole Fellowship

    For pre-meds – must be accepted to medical school but not begun. Fellows live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year and gain experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project. Funding provided for housing, living expenses, and airfare.

  • Rural Health Service Corps

    “The purpose of the Rural Health Service Corps is to provide meaningful service and learning opportunities for people committed to improving the health and lives of those living in South Central New York State.” Offers a variety of AmeriCorps positions in Central New York (State).

  • The Alliance Health Project Post-Baccalaureate Internship Program

    A one-year program in San Francisco that introduces college graduates to the non-profit arena, which may aid them in choosing careers in public health and related health care fields. Internships are available in various AHP areas; HIV Counseling and Testing Program, Research Program, Psychosocial Support Services, REACH Program, Training Program, AHP Services Center Operations, and Development.

  • The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

    A year-long program in Washington, DC. Fellows work in Families USA's Minority Health Initiatives Department on issues related to how health policy making, with an emphasis on public programs that can contribute to the reduction and elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. They conduct policy analysis as well as to assist with the planning of trainings for minority community leaders and journalists on a variety of health policy topics.

  • The William Randolf Hearst Foundation Endowed Fellowship in Public Health

    The Fellowship provides partial tuition in addition to a stipend for one academic year. Minority applicants who are citizens of the USA are eligible to compete for this award. Only entering students who will pursue the MS or MPH degree will be considered. Students enrolling in any of the departments or professional programs at the School of Public Health at the University of Albany are eligible.

  • Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellows

    Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health, and they learn about best practices in volunteerism, global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. Programs are available in Ghana, India, and Honduras. There are minimal costs for lodging and food. Global Impact Fellows can participate from seven days to multiple months, up to a full year or more.

  • Wellstone Fellowships

    A year-long program in Washington, DC, the Wellstone Fellow’s primary responsibilities include drafting talking points, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications developing content for the Families USA website and email lists; and assisting in the organization of conferences and trainings for advocates. The fellow will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, Medicaid, and other important health policy issues. At the same time, the Wellstone Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations and will work directly with our network of state consumer health advocates and organizations. Paid with deadline in January.

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International
  • American Academy in Rome - The Rome Prize

    Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Deadline in November. Undergraduate students are not eligible.

  • ArtCorps

    Through community arts projects, artists educate and inspire people to participate actively in improving the environmental, health, and social conditions in communities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Must be fluent in Spanish. One-year placements.

  • Ashoka

    Offers volunteer opportunities with Ashoka fellows - social entrepreneurs who work in over 60 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

  • Cross-Cultural Solutions

    Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

  • Fundación Paraguaya International Internship Program

    Located in Paraguay. Internships last at least two months and provide development experience in microfinance, economic education for children and youth, and organic agricultural high school education. Spanish required.

  • Global Health Corps Fellowship

    GHC "aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build a movement for health equity." The 13-month fellowships are available in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, and the United States. Anyone committed to social justice and health equity is encouraged to apply. Several placements are available in each country; duties vary.

  • Global Volunteer Network

    Their vision is to connect volunteers with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. Length varies from a few weeks to a year. Reasonable fees that cover food and lodging.

  • Global Volunteers

    Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects in 20 developing countries. Reasonable fees.

  • Go Abroad

    GoAbroad.com is committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. GoAbroad.com utilizes data driven programming to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information. In addition to some of the largest directories of their kind on the internet, GoAbroad.com provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed travel guides, currency converter, and embassy directories

  • Great Au Pair

    GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Au Pairs. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Au Pairs with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job... Either way, if you want great Au Pairs, we’ve got you covered.

  • Hands for Nepal

    Offers voluntary service projects in education, health, community development, and environment. Length varies from weeks to months.

  • Indicorps Fellowship

    One and two-year service fellowships for young professionals of Indian origin with grassroots service organizations in India. Nominal stipend to enable fellows to live simply and work in India for the duration of their fellowship. Indicorps or the local project partner organization covers basic room, board, and fellowship-related travel.

  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

    Involves teaching or other activities with local residents throughout Japan. Contracts are for one year.

  • Jewish Coalition for Service

    Volunteer options for one week to one year in the U.S., Israel, and other countries throughout the world.

  • Jobs Abroad

    International internships and jobs, searchable by country and type of internship (e.g. engineering, teaching, history, art).

  • Mabelle Arole Fellowship

    For pre-meds – must be accepted to medical school but not begun. Fellows live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year and gain experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project. Funding provided for housing, living expenses, and airfare.

  • Masa Israel journey

    Masa Israel Journey offers over 200 study, internship, and volunteer opportunities all over Israel lasting between five and twelve months. Our program finder lets you search a range of dates, locations, and types of program so you can find the most relevant options for you.

  • Mentoring at Punahou School

    A year-long teaching position at a private school in Honolulu, Hawaii designed to give support, training, and experience to college graduates who are considering teaching as a career.

  • Nanubhai Education Foundation Teaching Program

    A year-long program for recent graduates teaching high school English classes to rural Indian students with a local co-teacher. Benefits = airfare to and from India, living stipend, housing, meals, health insurance, cell phone, and internet access.

  • Oxford Seminars

    Provides 100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification courses throughout the U.S. - 6 in NYS. Offers six months of job placement assistance.

  • Peace Brigades International

    An NGO that promotes nonviolence and protection of human rights. It sends volunteers to areas of conflict “providing protective accompaniment to human rights defenders threatened by political violence.” Projects are typically for one year and are in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, and Nepal. All projects cover the costs of travel to country of work, accommodation, food, internal travel, insurance, repatriation and a stipend to cover additional costs.

  • Princeton in Asia Fellowship

    Most fellows are placed in one-year teaching positions throughout Asia, some are in workplace - business or media. A "livable" salary is always provided, as well as medical insurance for those who need it. Airfare not usually provided. Small program costs.

  • Princeton in Latin America

    Places graduates in one-year, service-oriented positions at NGOs and community based service organizations in Latin America. For most positions, some knowledge of the local language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) is necessary.

  • Projects Abroad

    Organizes volunteer placements (one month and more) overseas in fields including teaching, environment, medicine, journalism, sports, business, law, and human rights.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

    Prepares college juniors or rising seniors for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and grooms them for professional roles in public service. A prospective PPIA Fellow must have completed junior year by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of course work remaining before graduation, must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute, must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.

  • Reach to Teach

    Offers English teaching jobs in Korea, Taiwan, and China. No certification required. No fees to teachers.

  • Service Civil International

    A large international voluntary service organization founded in 1920. Organizes both short term work camps and 1-12 month voluntary service projects globally "with the belief that if people from different backgrounds and cultures can work together, peace can result." Low fees that normally cover food, housing and insurance.

  • Social Entrepreneur Corps

    Using a microconsignment model, provides internship and volunteer programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, South Africa and other select countries. The experience involves classes, case studies, discussions, analysis, living with the local population, as well as through visits and active field work participation with local NGO’s and social entrepreneurs.

  • Teach for China Fellowship

    Teach For China takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. In partnership with the global network Teach For All (www.teachforall.org), Teach For China recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding US and Chinese graduates to work side-by-side to deliver an excellent education in high poverty, rural Chinese communities. Teach For China’s Fellows are placed in full-time, two-year teaching commitments at under-resourced schools, where they meet the pressing need for exceptional educators.

  • Teach for India

    Teach For India, a project of Teach to Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.

  • The AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service

    The mission of the program is “to accelerate social and economic change in India and create lasting connection between young American leaders and Indian NGOs.” Fellows serve with Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for ten months and work in the three pillar areas of AIF: Public Health, Education, and Livelihoods. Benefits = round trip ticket to India, insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend Early ap.

  • The Asia Foundation/Lankacorps

    LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to "explore their roots while giving back."

  • Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellows

    Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health, and they learn about best practices in volunteerism, global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. Programs are available in Ghana, India, and Honduras. There are minimal costs for lodging and food. Global Impact Fellows can participate from seven days to multiple months, up to a full year or more.

  • United Planet

    Provides short-term (1-12 weeks) and long-term (6-12 months) volunteer projects in >150 countries.

  • volunteerinternational.org

    Lists international volunteer openings. Searchable by region of the world, country, type of work, and project duration.

  • Volunteers for Peace

    Offers placements in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries. Specialty is 2-3 week placements but medium and long term option are available too. Fees vary by country (several hundred dollars) and cover food, accommodation and work materials.

  • Work in France Program

    A nonprofit org offering short-term, paid position in France (service industry) and unpaid positions in French companies.

  • WorldTeach

    "A nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries." There is a fee that includes airfare, training, and support. Living allowance provided in year-long program, room and board for summer program.

  • WWOOF - World WIde Opportunities on Organic Farms

    WWOOF organizations link individuals wanting to volunteer on organic farms in different parts of the world with people who are looking for volunteer help. In return for help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

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Legal
  • City of New York Urban Fellows Program

    Prestigious 9-month program provides an intensive orientation to the process and responsibilities of City government. Office placements have included human services, criminal justice, health, housing, transportation and economic development. Stipend of $30,000 + health insurance coverage Applications due in January.

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Nonprofit
  • Autry Fellowship

    One-year role as staff member at MDC in N. Carolina, addressing the problems of the unemployed, the working poor, and the under-trained in the South. Focus includes public policy, education, and economic and workforce development.

  • Children's Corps

    A two-year experience working with a New York City child welfare agency as a caseworker. Full-time salary + health and other benefits. Check for applications in mid-December.

  • City of New York Urban Fellows Program

    Prestigious 9-month program provides an intensive orientation to the process and responsibilities of City government. Office placements have included human services, criminal justice, health, housing, transportation and economic development. Stipend of $30,000 + health insurance coverage Applications due in January.

  • Forfar Field Station One-Year Internship (Bahamas)

    International Field Studies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization promoting science education and research since 1970. IFS provides students with the unique opportunity for hands-on, outdoor, environmental education. Offering trips that range in length from one week to one semester, subjects such as marine biology, botany, ornithology, geology, archaeology, oceanography, or ichthyology can be covered individually as areas of specialization or comprehensively in a broad overview of subtropical ecology.There are many topics to be explored in the social sciences as there is a rich culture and interesting history embodied in the people the island. Paid. Check website for details.

  • Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums and also Conservation Fellowships

    One-year post-graduate internships in art history, conservation, museum education, or curation. Deadline: Early April.

  • NYC Service

    Provides database of volunteer opportunities in NYC searchable by career interest, skills, borough and zip code.

  • Philly Fellows

    A one-year program that connects recent graduates with meaningful positions in partnering nonprofits, where they can build capacity, develop new professional skills, and make a difference in the city of Philadelphia.

  • Princeton in Latin America

    Places graduates in one-year, service-oriented positions at NGOs and community based service organizations in Latin America. For most positions, some knowledge of the local language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) is necessary.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

    Prepares college juniors or rising seniors for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and grooms them for professional roles in public service. A prospective PPIA Fellow must have completed junior year by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of course work remaining before graduation, must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute, must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.

  • Stoneleigh Junior Fellowship for Social Change

    Program funding duration varies; fellows have had funding for 1-5 years but it depends on the length of the project.

  • The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

    Fellows spend a year "fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders." They shape and implement anti-hunger programs all over the U.S. then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C.

  • Therapeutic Youth Alternatives

    Operates outdoor therapeutic programs, juvenile justice and early intervention programs throughout the eastern U.S., using recreation therapy, adventure therapy, experiential education, and individual and group therapy in helping children become productive adults.

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Teaching
  • Andover Teaching Fellowship

    One-year experience for recent college graduates. Involves guided work in the classroom, professional seminars, and exposure to theories/methods of experienced faculty.

  • Bell Curves

    Bell Curves, LLC is a socially responsible test preparation and educational services company based in New York City. Since its inception, the company has developed a diverse clientele comprised of non-profit organizations, educational institutions, young professionals, and college and graduate school-bound students.

  • Blue Engine Fellowship

    An 11-month, full-time program in NYC. Blue Engine Teaching Assistants provide high doses of small-group instruction to help entire grade levels of high school students in New York City master advanced academic material. In addition, Fellows perform secondary roles. e.g., as teaching assistants, and help lead after-school programming.

  • Blueprint Mentoring Fellowship - Denver or Houston Schools

    Blueprint Mentoring Fellowship - A year of service in an urban education tutoring program in Denver, Colorado; Saint Louis, Missouri; and Boston, Massachusetts. Fellows manage only 2 or 3 students at a time, depending on the grade level. The small ratio of students to Fellows allows for the individualization of remedial and supplemental instruction. Blueprint Fellows focus on the individual needs of their students, bolstering and accelerating student achievement while helping to close any skill gaps that may exist.

  • Central European Teaching Program

    Teaching in state-run, Central European schools.

  • Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship

    A two-year leadership development program under the National Teaching Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program. Locations in many states. Fellows lead interactive educational activities, organize and support educational field trips, conduct community outreach, learn about non-profit management, act as trainers, and help to develop programs and curricula, with a focus on urban children and their families.

  • City on a Hill CoaHCORPS

    A one-year program that serves Boston students in grades 9 through 12. CoaHCORPS members deliver individualized instruction in literacy and numeracy.

  • Emma Willard School Teaching Internship

    A college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women located in Albany, NY. The one-year position includes teaching, coaching and dormitory duties. Each intern teaches two sections under the guidance of the department chair, usually working closely with teachers who have responsibility for other sections of the same course. Interns must be women.

  • EPIK (English Program in Korea)

    A program of the Korean government that offers one-year teaching opportunities at public schools.

  • EYA Youth Counselor Positions

    Counselors work with groups of about 10 - 12 kids, ages 10 – 18, in a rustic camp setting. It is a full-time, year-round, residential position. Counselors typically spend four or five days working with their group of kids, then enjoy two or three full days and nights off while another Outdoor Youth Counselor takes charge.

  • Great Oaks Charter School Tutor Corps

    A year urban education fellowship in Newark, New Jersey. Corps members invest their time and energy in the success of six middle school students to improve their academic skills while building critical personal relationships with students and families.

  • Greenwich Country Day School Co-Teacher Program

    Employs 27 college graduates for a one or two years to experience all aspects of an elementary classroom. Additional responsibilities include either coaching athletic teams in grades 6-9 or working in the “Afters” program in grades 1-3. Benefits: $25k annual stipend, housing, generous medical and dental benefits, and tuition assistance for graduate school. Greenwich, Connecticut. decisions made in February. Email: hr@gcds.net

  • Harris Fellowship in Child Development

    Fellows spend one year (August to August) training at Yale's Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Yale Child Study Center. Under the supervision of a mentor, they gradually assume all the duties of a teacher.

  • Hidden Villa Education Internship (one year)

    A nonprofit educational org. that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach about the environment and social justice. It covers 1600 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

  • Inner-City Teaching Corps

    A two-year program in Chicago inner-city, parochial schools. It provides a monthly stipend, housing, meals, health insurance, living expenses, graduate credits through Northeastern University, and transportation.

  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

    Involves teaching or other activities with local residents throughout Japan. Contracts are for one year.

  • Kieve Leadership School Teacher Position (1-2 years)

    Located in Maine, Kieve-Wavus Education promotes environmental stewardship through year-round experiential programs and camps for youth and adults. The position runs from mid-August thru mid-November and mid-February thru mid-June. It involves using a experiential teaching/learning methodology.

  • Massachusetts Promise Fellows

    Fellows are committed to building a better future for children and youth in communities across Massachusetts. One year with living allowance of $14,000, health benefits, free grad/undergrad courses at Northeastern University.

  • Match Corps

    Recent college graduates from universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They receive a modest living stipend and housing in a dorm at the school.

  • Nanubhai Education Foundation Teaching Program

    A year-long program for recent graduates teaching high school English classes to rural Indian students with a local co-teacher. Benefits = airfare to and from India, living stipend, housing, meals, health insurance, cell phone, and internet access.

  • Naturalist Internship at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School

    A September to June program that offers "the equivalent of a university level teacher training program for people who want to be professional outdoor science educators." Interns receive thorough training before taking on a group of their own students. They rotate through positions as recreation leader, health coordinator, and “evening principal.” Location = Sonora, CA.

  • New England Center for Children

    The New England Center for Children (NECC) is a school for autism located 20 miles west of Boston in Southborough, Massachusetts. We are a private, nonprofit autism education center dedicated to transforming the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.

  • New York City Teaching Fellows

    Fellows "teach in the NYC classrooms that need teachers most" while pursuing a subsidized Master's degree program. They receive a regular teacher's salary and benefits. Similar programs exist in Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland, DC, Baltimore, and Miami. (See notebook in Education section).

  • Oxford Seminars

    Provides 100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification courses throughout the U.S. - 6 in NYS. Offers six months of job placement assistance.

  • Princeton in Asia Fellowship

    Most fellows are placed in one-year teaching positions throughout Asia, some are in workplace - business or media. A "livable" salary is always provided, as well as medical insurance for those who need it. Airfare not usually provided. Small program costs.

  • Reach to Teach

    Offers English teaching jobs in Korea, Taiwan, and China. No certification required. No fees to teachers.

  • Slide Ranch Teacher-in Residence Internship (10.5 months)

    Teachers plan and lead experiential educational programs for children that include the exploration of the farm, garden, trails and tide pools. Located near San Francisco. Benefits = housing, healthy food, and an opportunity to live w/ a group of people in a beautiful rural setting. Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic accommodations.

  • Teach for China Fellowship

    Teach For China takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. In partnership with the global network Teach For All (www.teachforall.org), Teach For China recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding US and Chinese graduates to work side-by-side to deliver an excellent education in high poverty, rural Chinese communities. Teach For China’s Fellows are placed in full-time, two-year teaching commitments at under-resourced schools, where they meet the pressing need for exceptional educators.

  • The Language Flagship Fellowships

    The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college. The program leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative partnership among the federal government, education, and business, The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

  • The Learning Project Teaching Internship (one year)

    A year-long program in Boston, MA. The Learning Project Elementary School is an independent, co-educational day school for grades K-6. Interns train directly with experienced mentor teachers and to develop their own teaching skills by working daily in the classroom. There is a carefully outlined "progression" of responsibilities each Intern is expected to fulfill during each placement, culminating in a take-over week where Interns switch places with the Classroom Head.

  • The Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellowship

    A two-year program for people who envision entirely new approaches to the challenges of public education and who possess the entrepreneurial skill necessary to turns their ideas into reality.

  • Therapeutic Youth Alternatives

    Operates outdoor therapeutic programs, juvenile justice and early intervention programs throughout the eastern U.S., using recreation therapy, adventure therapy, experiential education, and individual and group therapy in helping children become productive adults.

  • U. of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium Internship (1 year)

    Designed for recent college graduates who would like some teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology. Property is composed of 700 acres of maritime forest and open field, 1,000 acres of salt marsh, and 18 acres of freshwater ponds.

  • Urban Prep Fellows Program Fellowship (Chicago)

    A one year program for recent college graduates interested in working with urban youth at a nationally-renowned all-boys charter public high school. Fellows assist students in small groups by mentoring, tutoring and leading students in their development and progression toward college readiness.

  • WorldTeach

    "A nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries." There is a fee that includes airfare, training, and support. Living allowance provided in year-long program, room and board for summer program.

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Technology
  • Code for America

    Code for America helps governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web. Through our Fellowship, Accelerator, and Brigade, we're building a network of cities, citizens, community groups, and startups, all equally committed to reimagining government for the 21st century

  • Math for America Fellowship

    Fellows make a five-year commitment to teach in public schools while actively participating in MƒA corps activities and events. Locations of fellowship are Boston, LA, NY, DC, and Utah.

  • Mentoring at Punahou School

    A year-long teaching position at a private school in Honolulu, Hawaii designed to give support, training, and experience to college graduates who are considering teaching as a career.

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Volunteer
  • Amate House

    A year-long volunteer program in Chicago that supports and develops men and women rooted in faith, dedicated to service, and committed to building a more just and loving society. Volunteers are placed in schools, parishes, and social service agencies throughout Chicago and live in intentional communities of six to twelve people. Room, board, health insurance, and small monthly stipend are provided. At completion of program, volunteers also receive the AmeriCorps education award.

  • American Hiking Society - Volunteer Vacations Site

    Lists volunteer opportunities and working vacations in "America's great outdoors." Arranged by state. Also links to state parks and related government agencies.

  • Ashoka

    Offers volunteer opportunities with Ashoka fellows - social entrepreneurs who work in over 60 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

  • Boys Hope Girls Hope

    The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college. Their volunteers use their time, talents, expertise, skills, and life experience to help their children realize their potential. But most importantly, they are role models and show their children the value of altruism in action. They offer yearlong and AmeriCorps opportunities.

  • Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship

    A two-year leadership development program under the National Teaching Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program. Locations in many states. Fellows lead interactive educational activities, organize and support educational field trips, conduct community outreach, learn about non-profit management, act as trainers, and help to develop programs and curricula, with a focus on urban children and their families.

  • Cross-Cultural Solutions

    Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

  • Global Volunteer Network

    Their vision is to connect volunteers with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. Length varies from a few weeks to a year. Reasonable fees that cover food and lodging.

  • Global Volunteers

    Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects in 20 developing countries. Reasonable fees.

  • Hands for Nepal

    Offers voluntary service projects in education, health, community development, and environment. Length varies from weeks to months.

  • HealthCorps

    An AmeriCorps program, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America's underserved, while developing tomorrow's health care workforce.  Community HealthCorps members (through AmeriCorps) perform a variety of activities associated with health services and programs for patients and community, often by functioning as community health workers. Benefits include living allowance, health care, education award. Must be U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps

    A faith-based voluntary service org. - 48 U.S. cities and 7 countries. Focus is on social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Volunteers are not required to subscribe to any religion. Year-long placements.

  • Jewish Coalition for Service

    Volunteer options for one week to one year in the U.S., Israel, and other countries throughout the world.

  • Masa Israel journey

    Masa Israel Journey offers over 200 study, internship, and volunteer opportunities all over Israel lasting between five and twelve months. Our program finder lets you search a range of dates, locations, and types of program so you can find the most relevant options for you.

  • NYC Service

    Provides database of volunteer opportunities in NYC searchable by career interest, skills, borough and zip code.

  • Peace Brigades International

    An NGO that promotes nonviolence and protection of human rights. It sends volunteers to areas of conflict “providing protective accompaniment to human rights defenders threatened by political violence.” Projects are typically for one year and are in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, and Nepal. All projects cover the costs of travel to country of work, accommodation, food, internal travel, insurance, repatriation and a stipend to cover additional costs.

  • Projects Abroad

    Organizes volunteer placements (one month and more) overseas in fields including teaching, environment, medicine, journalism, sports, business, law, and human rights.

  • Quaker Voluntary Service

    Boldly and deeply Quaker - grounded in worship, forming leadership for the present and the future of Friends. Passionately engaged in service and social justice - both helping change the world and being transformed together through the experience. Practicing radical hospitality and inclusiveness - with one another and in the community, following the ministry and message of Jesus. This is the vision and the unfolding mission of Quaker Voluntary Service

  • serve.gov

    A comprehensive clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities across the country and around the world. It is searchable by key word and location.

  • Service Civil International

    A large international voluntary service organization founded in 1920. Organizes both short term work camps and 1-12 month voluntary service projects globally "with the belief that if people from different backgrounds and cultures can work together, peace can result." Low fees that normally cover food, housing and insurance.

  • The English Open Doors Program

    A fee-free volunteer program from the Chilean Ministry of Education and supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile. This program seeks native and near-native English-speaking volunteers from 21-35 years old to teach English under the supervision of Chilean teachers in public schools throughout Chile, working with students from 5th grade to 12th grade. Terms of service and deadlines vary.

  • True Travellers Society

    A Canadian based not-for-profit organization created by travelers, for travelers. "Dedicated to providing free information that will help independent travelers get the most out of their experiences abroad." "Truly travelling involves immersing oneself with the local people, activities, and environment." Lists volunteer options in community development, human rights, medical, teaching, and more.

  • Unearth the World

    Kathryn (’05) and Mike Pisco (’06), Cornell alumni, co-founded this organization whose mission is to get more people volunteering responsibly. They connect volunteers with vetted international organizations in need to help promote meaningful and productive short-term volunteer travel experiences that impact the individual and organization long after the project is complete. Unearth the World believes that everyone should be able to volunteer and experience diverse cultures so they provide personal attention and transparency while striving to keep costs low.

  • Volunteer.gov/gov

    Lists volunteer options, weeks to months, with federal and state agencies across the country year-round.

  • volunteerinternational.org

    Lists international volunteer openings. Searchable by region of the world, country, type of work, and project duration.

  • Volunteers for Peace

    Offers placements in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries. Specialty is 2-3 week placements but medium and long term option are available too. Fees vary by country (several hundred dollars) and cover food, accommodation and work materials.

  • WWOOF - World WIde Opportunities on Organic Farms

    WWOOF organizations link individuals wanting to volunteer on organic farms in different parts of the world with people who are looking for volunteer help. In return for help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

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