5 Things to Look for in Gap Year Internships
1. It is something you are passionate about.
This will take up a lot of your time in between high school and college, and if it is something that you have no passion for it will feel like a drag. The year between high school and college is a unique time, so you want the way you spend it to be both beneficial and enjoyable.
2. You will learn new skills.
There are plenty of internships out there that may look great on a resume, but which don’t actually provide you with any new skills. Sure, you could spend a year going on coffee runs and carrying out busy work, but with the right internship you can actually walk away with skills that you will have for life. For example, if you choose an international gap year program with Global Citizen Year you will have the opportunity to learn a new language.
3. There are networking opportunities.
Another important skill, both as you go into college and as you move into the workplace, is networking. Being able to interact and maintain connections with different kinds of people is one of the most important kinds of skills in any walk of life. Some internships may require you to be isolated, but try to find something that allows you to connect with others at least a few times a week.
4. It is beneficial to your future.
It is not like you have to have your entire future figured out before you graduate high school — or even college — but if you have a little bit of an idea of what you want to do, trying to find a gap year internship that feeds into that is a good idea. On the other hand, you don’t want to limit yourself too much, so something that is beneficial to a number of careers — like our gap year travel programs — is a great option.
5. It pushes your limits.
Another great thing about taking a gap year is that it can provide you with an opportunity to do things that you may never have envisioned yourself doing; no more so than through a gap year with Global Citizen Year. Not only can you push yourself to try new things, you can learn a new language, network with other fellows, and immerse yourself in a new culture — all as you travel to an international destination that you may have thought you would never see.