Short-Term Opportunities for Recent College Grads

Graduating in Fall not Spring? Thinking of taking a gap year? Still not sure what you want to do?  Check out a few opportunities to keep exploring after you graduate.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

“The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines.


Disney has a ton of programs for recent college graduates from Business majors to Engineers or as they are called in the Disney universe Imagineers. Not mad about the Mouse? Remember Disney isn’t just pixie dust and castles, Disney is also the parent company to ESPN, ABC, LucasFilms, and Marvel. They have rotation programs across the globe in some of the world’s most sought after locations.

Here are just a few opportunities: 
Recent Computer Science Graduate
MBA Student or recent MBA Graduate

For a more comprehensive list

NIH Post Baccalaureate Programs

Are you this close to graduating but you want to strengthen your graduate school applications? Why not think about doing a post bacc? Post Bacc’s are great for students who have recently graduated and want to gain additional laboratory and/or research skills.

For instance, the University of Alabama at Birmington’s post bacc program offers a 1-2 year training opportunity for students seeking graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral science

For a complete list of NIH Post-Bacc programs check out:


Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you.

Office of Personnel Management

“The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.”

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