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Need some time out? Looking for something to do before starting a job or grad school? Check out these great opportunities in the US and abroad. Most are about a year long, and many are paid.

Agriculture & Farms
Arts
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art - Ten-month full-time paid internships in the School, Youth, and Family Programs department.
  • Dallas Museum of Art, McDermott Intern/Fellow - Paid Internships are available for interns to work in the Curatorial department with research and execution of exhibitions, collections management (acquisitions and deaccessions), installations, and other departmental business) and in the Education Department (with development, implementation, and promotion of numerous gallery programs, lectures, symposia, performances, courses, and classes for adults throughout the year).
  • The Kennedy Center, Full-time paid internships - 40 hour per week paid internships in performing arts management and arts education, open to recent graduates.
  • League of American Orchestras, Orchestra Management Fellowship Program - Management training program intended for a limited number of highly qualified individuals who aspire to be executive directors of American orchestras. Fellowships also available in development & conducting.
  • Morris Arbotetum of the University of Pennsylvania, Year-long Paid Internship Programs. Interns are assigned to professional staff in the Botany, Horticulture, and Public Programs Departments.
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Internships - MOMA Art offers full-time, twelve-month internships with stipends for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career.
  • National Gallery of Art, Academic Year Internships - Volunteer Interns work in one of the Gallery's departments (curatorial, education, archives, design and installation, library) closely with staff. Consideration given to outstanding candidates with a recent college degree, preference given to applicants in a graduate degree program or recent MA graduates. Also: paid Graduate Internships for PhD.
  • Portland State Company Theatre Interns - Portland Stage Company's Intern Program is designed to expose college students and graduates to the world of professional theater. Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, interns spend nine months (Aug-May) learning about theater and developing skills necessary to function fully in various departments. Full time, small stipend & housing.
  • Smithsonian Institution - Internships: Curatorial, educational, research work in fields of Architectural History, American Art History, contemporary African Art, Asian Art, and Sculpture (Hirshhorn Museum and sculpture Garden). Stipend availability varied.
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Research Fellowship Program - Winterthur welcomes applications for residential research fellowships in American art, history, material culture, and design, or related topics in British, Continental, or Asian decorative arts and design. Applications are welcome from professors, museum and public history professionals, doctoral students, and independent scholars.
Communications
  • The American Prospect, Writing Fellowship - Offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., actively developing their journalistic skills
  • Internships with Smithsonian Zoogoer Magazine, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on natural history and wildlife conservation. In addition, the office produces various other publications, conducts public relations for Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), and manages the Zoo/FONZ website. The internship provides excellent experience, and previous interns have found their published clips useful in securing permanent jobs.
  • Ruder Finn, Executive Training Program - The Executive Training Program is for recent college graduates who are interested in exploring a career in public relations.
  • WCVB-TV, TheBostonChannel.com Web Site Internships - During each semester of the school year and the summer vacation period, The Boston Channel.com offers three internships. Preference given to graduate students or students in their senior year at a university or college, as well as to students who have previous print experience.
Education
  • Chicago Teaching Fellows - A highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in schools serving disadvantaged students in Chicago Public Schools.
  • Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship - Fellows serve as AmeriCorps members for two years in public middle schools that have added time to their school day. They support students in their critical years by building relationships that shape their futures
  • DC Teaching Fellows - A highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in schools serving high-need students throughout the D.C. area.
  • Fort Worth Teaching Fellows - A highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in schools serving disadvantaged students throughout our city.
  • Inner-City Teaching Corps - Chicago's leading new teacher development program for future urban education leaders serving Chicago's public, Big Shoulders Catholic and charter schools.
  • Knowles Science Teaching Fellowships - The KSTF Teaching Fellowships, the Foundation's signature program, supports, sustains and inspires exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers.
  • Let's Get Ready Director Positions for Undergraduate Students - The unique opportunity to coordinate a college access program distinguishes Let's Get Ready director positions as an emerging premier non-profit internship experience. Each LGR program is run by two college student Co-Directors.
  • Math for America Fellowship - A highly selective, five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools. The Fellowship includes one year earning a master's degree in education and four years teaching math and participating in MfA corps activities and professional development.
  • Mississippi Teacher Corps - Selects college graduates to teach in high-poverty schools in Mississippi and provides training, certification, full pay, benefits, and a master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi.
  • National Association of Independent Schools, Teacher Placement Services - Teach at a private school (certification not necessary) or work as a teaching fellow.
  • New Teachers Collaborative - Our teacher preparation program welcomes people seeking licensure as colleagues and professionals from the very first day.  Start your middle or secondary (grades 5-12) school teaching career by working and learning in schools designed to foster the habits of problem-solving, reflection, and using one's mind well among students and faculty alike.
  • NYC Teaching Fellows - Recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most.
  • Philadelphia Teaching Fellows - A highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in high-need schools throughout the Philadelphia area.
  • Phillips Academy Andover Teaching Fellowship Program - At Andover on a one-year teaching fellowship, the recent college graduate (or graduate school degree recipient) is introduced to teaching in a program of guided work in the classroom, professional seminars, and exposure to theories and methods of experienced faculty.  Obviously, the school seeks applicants who are new to the vocation of teaching.  
  • Red Cloud Volunteers Program - Designed for men and women from around the country who are interested in committing one to three years of service on the reservation. 
  • Teach for America - A corps of outstanding and diverse recent college graduates, of all academic majors, who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools.
  • Teach Kentucky - Recruits and attracts highly-motivated young people to teach in our public schools, thus enhancing the quality of education for our students and enhancing our civic life by retaining these young teachers in Kentucky.
  • Teach NOLA Fellowship - Offers an accelerated pathway into the teaching profession for accomplished mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who believe all students can succeed in school and who are prepared to do what it takes to achieve that vision. 
Education - International
  • AEON Corporation of Japan has been an innovator in the field of English education, offering exceptional classroom and internet opportunities to study and master the language. The main focus of AEON schools is primarily adult education, although many of the AEON schools also conduct "AEON Kids" classes.
  • Choices Program, International Education Internship is an initiative of the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University. This full-time internship enables one recent college graduate each year to spend a year working as part of a team focused on strengthening international content and civic learning within the core curriculum at the secondary level in the United States. The intern works in the Choices Program office in Providence, RI.
  • CIEE Teach Abroad - CIEE offers paid teaching positions in seven countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam) for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community.
  • DOSHISHA - The English Department of Doshisha Girl's Junior and Senior High School in Kyoto hire Smith students most years to teach English, beginning in March. The program is administered and advertised by the Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development. Deadline to apply: November For more information contact Janice Schell: jschell@smith.edu
  • English First - EF has helped over 15 million people worldwide to learn a new language and travel abroad. With 27,000 teachers and education professionals, and over 400 centers and schools around the world, EF is the world's largest privately-owned education organization. This large community allows us to recruit the best teachers possible to teach English with us.
  • Global Routes - Internships & Volunteering. Global Routes offers placements for individuals who wish to teach, volunteer, or intern Belize, Costa rica, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand.
  • Hellenic American Education Foundation Fellowship Program - Every year ten Fellowships are awarded to recent graduates from universities in the United States. The Fellows are chosen to act as young ambassadors, strengthening the ties between the Foundation and the United States, and providing a cross-cultural educational experience.
  • Hess International Educational Organization - Native English Speaking Teachers - The most recognized English school in Taiwan. We employ more than 500 native English-speaking teachers and have twenty-four years experience working with people just like you. In addition to our competitive salary, we guarantee your teaching hours, offer regular raises, and award annual student return rate and contract renewal bonuses.
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program - JET is a great opportunity to live and work in Japan for a year. Sponsored by the Japanese Government, the program's goal is to improve English language education and promote grass-roots level international exchange in Japan.
  • WorldTeach - As a WorldTeach volunteer, you will witness firsthand the challenges and rewards of education in a developing country. You will share the skills and knowledge gained through your education and life experience with your students, and you will make a lasting difference in their lives, opening their eyes to a world beyond their classrooms.
Environment
Government
Health
  • Mercy Ships - Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion.
  • UCSF Alliance Health Project - Paid and unpaid opportunities to work on the front lines to achieve AHP's mission. The AIDS Health Project is people, more than 100 full and part-time paid employees, clinical trainees, and administrative interns, and 200 volunteers. These people work as psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychologists, counselors, trainers, editors, writers, researchers, fundraisers, and financial and administrative professionals.
International
  • American University in Cairo Presidential Internship Program - Provides recent university graduates with the opportunity to learn Arabic, work at an international university and experience life in Cairo - the bustling, vibrant center of Middle Eastern culture.
  • Amigos de Las Americas - An international, non-profit organization that empowers high school and college students to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural understanding through training and community service in Latin America. Features Summer Program, Youth Ambassadors Program and Gap Year Program.
  • BUNAC offers American students the opportunity to live and work all over the U.K.
  • Changing Worlds - Paid and voluntary placements worldwide - if you like the idea of travel, meeting people, and don't mind working hard then this is for you!
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) - A full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany.
  • GapYear.com - Great information and ideas for any gapper or gap leader.
  • GoOverseas.com - A community-driven website of like-minded people who are all passionate about teaching, studying, volunteering, interning, and gap year abroad
  • Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project Brian Kane Fellowships - Supports young adults for one year of work at KEEP. The program aims to increase cultural awareness for the residents of the Kiyosato area and Japan, as well as for the Fellows. It is awarded to an individual who will best promote KEEP's ideal of building cross-cultural understanding by service to others through international exchange and educational programming.
  • Mountbatten Internship Programme - Full-time, one-year paid internship in London or New York with evening and weekend study; Receive a Postgraduate Certificate or MBA in International Business Practice
  • OneWorld brings the latests jobs and volunteer positions from organizations working to create a better world.
  • Princeton in Asia Fellowships - PiA provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Over the last century, the organization has achieved this goal by providing talented young people with various opportunities to live and work in Asia
  • Rotary Interntational Peace Fellowships - 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.
  • Smith College Fellowship Office handles the applications for the Fulbright, DAAD, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Gates Fellowships, and many more.
  • Transitions Abroad - Work, Teach, Volunteer or Study Abroad.
Jewish Organizations
  • Hillell Student Opportunities – Various student inernships and programs, as well as  Fellowships in Hillel’s Charles and Lynn Schustermann International Center: one-year positions in DC awarded annually to severla outstanding graduating student leaders.
  • The Jewish Organizing Initiative, Jewish Organizing Fellowship – A professional development opportunity for Jewish young adults (21-30) to become a full-time community organizer for a social justice organization, explore their Jewish identity together, and grow as leaders in pursuit of social justice.
  • Jewish Service Corps - Offers young Jews the opportunity to directly engage with JDC’s global mission and actively fulfill the value of Jewish responsibility through a year-long, paid, service opportunity connected to JDC’s overseas programs.
  • Joshua Venture Group Fellows - Joshua Venture Group seeks to reinvigorate and expand the Jewish community by cultivating the leadership and management capability of talented, passionate young Jewish social entrepreneurs and by investing in their visions and the growth of healthy, sustainable organizations.
  • New Israel Fund Social Justice Fellowships - NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas: civil and human rights; social and economic justice; environmental justice; Jewish pluralism.
Social Action/Public Policy
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships & Grants
    Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA - VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you'll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
  • Carnegie Endowment for Intertnational Peace,  Junior Fellows Program - Dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. The Endowment offers 10 junior fellowships, which provide one year of full-time experience working as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates on a variety of projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, international economics, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian Studies. A faculty committee will review all applications, and determine which student(s) will be nominated by Smith College.
  • City Year Corps
    City Year, one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country, 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, corps members make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in the U.S. and South Africa.
  • Congressional Hunger Center Fellowships - HC is invested in developing a movement of anti-hungerleaders who are creating the political will necessary to end hunger.   CHC believes that the anti-hunger movement must have a community of leaders that fill a variety of leadership roles.
  • Coro Foundation Fellows Program in Public Affairs - 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.
  • Echoing Green Fellowship - world-renowned two-year fellowship program that provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs.
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - 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.
  • Idealist Fellowships in Public Service - A variety of nonprofit and public policy fellowships
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research - 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. 
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Grants - Provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries. Presently, the grants are geared to students of accredited institutions in the US and Canada as well as the Universities of Cape Town, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand.
  • National Grid Samuel Huntington Public Service Award - provides a $10,000 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.
  • New Voices Fellowship Program - 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. Eligible organizations are US-based, and address key issues in fields related to justice and peace.
  • The Population Reference Bureau, International Training - Policy Communication Fellowship, International Programs Fellowships, Hewlett/PRB Dissertation Fellowships, and Compton Foundation/PRB International Fellowships,
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