Fellowships and Gap Year

Many organizations in the U.S. and abroad offer short-term work opportunities for new and recent grads, experienced alumni, and undergrads. These programs range from a few months to two years and go by many names: fellowship, internship, apprenticeship, assistantship or term of service. Graduating students sometimes call them gap-year programs, or short-term experiences they pursue before starting graduate/professional school or another job.

Fellowships may involve

  • Work experience
  • Career training
  • Graduate study
  • Research

Programs cover a variety of issues, including (but not limited to)

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The environment
  • Health care
  • Human rights
  • Peace and security
  • Public policy

Opportunities often provide a stipend or salary, health benefits and student loan assistance. Carefully review all requirements, benefits and any costs before you apply.

Resources for Finding Fellowships, Service Programs, and Gap-Year Opportunities

  • Handshake: Search by position type for Fellowships and Post-Grad Internships
  • Undergraduate Education Scholarships & Fellowships: Some fellowships and scholarships require nomination or endorsement from Tufts, and these opportunities have Tufts-specific deadlines. Examples include: Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship and Truman Scholarship
  • AmeriCorps: Search the AmeriCorps portal for more than 80,000 paid, 12-month opportunities throughout the United States, with a wide variety of impact areas such as social justice, education, environmental stewardship and anti-poverty
  • Careers A-Z: The Career Center’s recommended sites for researching careers and finding jobs
  • Idealist.org: Jobs, volunteer opportunities, and organizations in the nonprofit sector. Consider well-known fellowships for domestic and international programs, some of which are open to undergrads
  • GoinGlobal:  Industry trends, job search information, and cultural advice in 40 countries.  This resource can only be accessed through the Career Center Resources menu in Handshake. Log in to Handshake, click on “Career Center” in the top nav, select “Resources” and then “Career Resources for Students & Alumni.”
  • Nationally Coveted Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: Listings organized by interest area, affinity group, and educational level
  • Research Guides@Tufts: Resources specific to each major, including industry websites, job search resources, and more
  • CoolWorks: Seasonal jobs and outdoor/environmentally-focused positions with camps, national parks and resorts