Bridge Year Programs

Bridge Year Programs refer to experiences that may last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years and occur between graduating college and before starting graduate school or a career in a specific industry.  These experiences are especially valuable for students pursuing medical, law or other graduate programs who may want or need more experience in the field before applying to graduate school.  Additionally, some graduates pursue these opportunities because of a desire to spend time working on a service project alongside community members or in advocating on specific issues.  Below you will find a searchable database of programs.  This list is not exhaustive but represent many of the pathways chosen by UVA alumni.

Additional Resources:
Service Year is a website where you can find a paid service opportunity that can be filtered by your interests, geographic location, and level of education. Once you create a profile, the website also has many resources explaining exactly what a service year is and how students can go about pursuing one.  

Service Programs offers a directory of vetted  programs featuring a wide range of social justice areas and faith traditions.

Program List

2Seeds Network Project Coordinator

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.

Location: Tanzania
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Central America, South America, Aisa, and Africa
Months of Service: 3
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Scandinavia
Months of Service: n/a
Notes:
no internships available (06/02/16)
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Ashoka Fellows

Ashoka, an international organization with American offices in Arlington, VA., offers up to 25 three-year fellowships for "social entrepreneurs" individuals who wish to create or expand public service projects that include stipends based on financial need (up to $55,000 per year) and access to pro bono management and leadership assistance. Ashoka also facilitates international collaborations among its fellows.

Location: Arlington, VA
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government, Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship

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

Location: Asia
Months of Service: 9
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Asian Cultural Council

support awarding 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/

Location: Asia
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships, an intiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regionss critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 12 weeks minimum and one year maximum
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

BUNAC

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

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 6
Career Communities:
Creative Arts, Media & Design, Public Service & Government

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.

Location: D.C.
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Change Corps

Change Corps is a paid, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

City Hall Fellows

City Hall Fellows empowers young adults with a genuine passion for local government and supports their evolution from community oriented student to local citizen leader.

Location: San Francisco
Months of Service: 12 months
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

City of new York Urban fellows Program

The centerpiece of the fellowship is a work experience at NYC Service. NYC Service is a division of the New York City Office of the Mayor with a mission to promote volunteerism, engage New Yorkers in service, build volunteer capacity and mobilize the power of volunteers and service year members to impact New York City’s greatest needs.

Location: New York City
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 11
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Code for America

The Code for America fellowship is a full-time paid year of service for experienced technologists. Cross-functional teams of three are embedded in local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.

Location: San Francisco
Months of Service: 9
Career Communities:

Conference On Asian American Leadership

CAPAL's Federal Internship Program places undergraduate and graduate students within the federal government primarily in the DC metro area. Opportunites in regional offices throughout the U.S. are possible. Intern duties vary and may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business law, communication and more. Applicants are aksed to specify their preferences on the application and those selected will be placed based on their interests and skills. These internships are suitable for students interested in government and public policy, but are open to ALL MAJORS.

Location: D.C.
Months of Service: 10 Weeks
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Council on International Exchanges (CIEE)

Nonprofit organization providing work and teaching opportunities abroad.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 3
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships

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

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Colorado
Months of Service: 24
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Health Corps

We work each day to change the lives of teens across America. Whether it’s through our in-school mentorship or our train-the-trainer programs, our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, or hosting community events, we always have our students in mind.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 24
Notes:
job search website
Career Communities:
Education, Counseling & Youth Development

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.

Location: D.C.
Months of Service: 9
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Alabama
Months of Service: 13
Career Communities:
Education, Counseling & Youth Development

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government, Creative Arts, Media & Design

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Creative Arts, Media & Design

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 9
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

National Institute of Health Training Programs

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

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Peace Corps

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

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 27
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Princeton in Africa

Princeton in Africa seeks to develop young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement. To accomplish this, we offer opportunities for service through fellowships with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Location: Africa
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Princeton in Asia

PiA’s mission is to promote good will and understanding and to facilitate in every way the free interchange of the best ideals in the civilizations of both East and West.

Location: Asia
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Princeton in Latin America

Placements emphasize the power of firsthand work experience to shape young people's attitudes and mobilize them to effect positive social change. PiLA enhances the mission of its partners by building their capacity to impact constructively the communities they serve, addressing the social, economic, and political barriers to egalitarian community development. Since 2003, PiLA has placed 280 fellows with partners in 20 countries throughout the region.

Location: Latin America
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Latin America
Months of Service: 6
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: varies
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Worldwide
Months of Service: 12
Notes:
job search website
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE/GWS Awards)

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

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (IAM)

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

Location: United States
Months of Service: varies
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Student Conservation Association (SCA)

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

Location: United States
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 18
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

The National Wildlife Federation Ecology Fellowship Program

The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellowship Program offers a nationally recognized opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future. Through tangible projects to green their campuses and communities, Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 6
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: Cairo
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

Venture for America

Venture for America is a fellowship program fro recent graduates who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. Fellows get training and join a startup in an emerging U.S. city; where they live and work for two years at one of our hundreds of partner companies. They learn hands-on what it takes to build a company, while getting mentorship, network, and ongoing support to prepare them to become successful entreprenurs. Our goal is to spark job growth in cities that need it by sending our top talent to help grow the busines that will make it happen.

Location: Varies throughout U.S. Current fellows range from Atlanta, to San Antonio
Months of Service: 24 months
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government, Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship

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. Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities range from chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations. Job assignments are made by the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during "Placement Week".

Location: D.C.
Months of Service: 12
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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.

Location: United States
Months of Service: 4-Feb
Career Communities:
Public Service & Government

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