Thinking about a Gap Year?
Thinking about applying to competitive graduate programs? Weighing various combinations of majors? Unsure of your next steps? The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships can help navigate the process of exploring opportunities here and abroad.
Some graduate programs prefer applicants who have taken time to work, travel, engage in internships and experience the world before entering into advanced study or professional training. These 'gap' experiences are fulfilling in themselves and also, often, open doors to new opportunities and connections.
Consider Peace Corps, Fulbright US Student programs, English teaching assistantships abroad, and selective internships in government and nonprofit organizations (the State Department, Smithsonian and other federal agencies and museums, art institutes, opera houses, and more). Many 'gap' experiences are available as competitive inter/national fellowships.
These experiences provide career and service pathways into meaningful and fulfilling lives - and also offer the kinds of immersive, experiential leadership opportunities that decidedly strengthen your candidacy for excellent graduate or professional programs.
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