Overview

The Center for Interim Programs is the industry's leading gap year counseling service. Interim has created customized gap years for over 6,000 individuals by matching interests, goals and budgets with vetted opportunities worldwide.

We believe that the growth, perspective and experience gained through a well-planned gap year are a profound complement to formal education.

Free 90-Minute Consultation
We encourage anyone who is either tentatively curious or totally committed to taking time off to consider our free 90 minute consultation. In that consult we meet with you, the applicant, and your parent(s) to learn more about your interests, goals, concerns, timing and budget so that we are in a better position to begin recommending options that we believe best fit all of your criteria. Engaging in this session does not obligate you to work with Interim. It will, however, help to give immediate shape to your ideas, which people find both inspiring and reassuring whether they choose to move forward with our services or not. Interim's fee is only due if and when you decide you would like to work with us. It is a one-time flat fee, and good for a lifetime of service.

In order to have a productive consultation, each applicant needs to first complete our online Interest Sheet. It is free to submit and should not take much more than 20 minutes. With that we can do some initial research prior to our meeting. Similarly it allows you to really start thinking about the possibilities ahead.

We have offices in New Jersey and Massachusetts, but our team works with families from all over the world. If an in-person meeting is difficult to arrange, we can easily communicate by phone, Skype and email.

Our Services
From conceptualization to implementation, we are here to help you create and experience your ideal gap year. Our high quality and personalized recommendations (vetted through our relationships built over 35 years, ongoing research, annual site visits and alumni feedback) are what families are looking for, but getting to the bottom of a student’s goals and working within a family’s budget are also our top priorities. Much like a college counselor, we are looking to make the best match between student and program.

Our strategic and personalized approach ensures that each segment of your gap year is well thought-out. We will have as many meetings as are needed in advance of your departure to make sure we have come up with the year that you are looking for. We will introduce you to programs, put you in touch with alumni and assess which options may best meet your goals. Additionally, we know that ideas may change or evolve during the planning process, and even once the year is underway. We are prepared to accommodate such shifts in interests as well as last-minute placements.

Our support and expertise do not end when you leave for your gap year. As a team of individuals that has spent many years advising students and/ or leading trips overseas, we possess an acute sense of the highs and lows that can accompany this courageous and exciting time. We connect our students with one another if they are on the same program (or even headed to the same college), and we actively reach out to our students throughout their gap year to help prepare them for such moments, offering tips, encouragement and even intervention if needed.

Our History
Founded in 1980, Interim is the first and longest running independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. We have helped over 6,000 individuals navigate their gap time and we actively cultivate and maintain a database of over 6,000 group travel programs, low cost volunteer options, internship placements, language schools, wilderness courses, study abroad semesters, research trips and much more. We make annual site visits to solicit new placement options as well as to evaluate existing ones. We do not accept commissions from programs, and if we receive substantiated negative reviews we will no longer refer them.

Our Team
Our team has over 50 combined years in the field of experiential education as gap year counselors, program directors and trip leaders. Our gap year advisors are keynote and panel speakers at NACAC, HECA, IECA, the USA Gap Year Fairs and high schools nationwide, and serve on the Board of Advisors for the American Gap Association. Collectively we have visited almost every continent in the world through our own gap years, academic studies, personal travels and program site visits. We are parents who advise our own families to pursue meaningful experiences outside of the 4-walls of a classroom, and we deeply believe that all of us need to take periods of time during our lives to reassess priorities and potentials, to expand our horizons, and to continue to grow and be inspired.

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After partnering with Center for Interim Programs for my 2013-2014 Gap Year- all I know is it’s like they knew exactly what I needed after an academic career mainly focused on a competitive, somewhat soul-less pursuit to enter Ivy League institutions and other brand name schools. After that experience, I found myself drawn to unconventional approaches to education which I chose to express through a Gap Year before starting my journey at a traditional American University. Honestly, I did not know how I would convince my parents to see the value in a year "off" away from the traditional path to success let alone find the finances that both honored my desire to explore the unknown and also left a minimal footprint on the family's bank account. Oh, and did I mention the anxiety that came with the responsibility to coordinate flights, hostels, visas, programs, and logistics I didn't even know existed before the 90-minute free consultation appointment. I was struggling to turn my papers on time, let alone plan the year of my dreams. Even if I only used the generosity of the free 90-minute consultation, I would have been better off and more able to plan a strategic Gap Year that maximized what I could afford and also help my parents better understand that this is a viable option for my future. The Center for Interim Programs' decades of experience really shines through in their e-mails, consultations, and navigation-at least in my case-with the parent situation. I wanted my education to be transformative, something out-of-the-blue, and allowed the flexibility to travel around the world, and still show up to my graduation on time. My experience with the Center for Interim Programs filled the need of a personal, dynamic relationship that was always thinking 3 steps ahead of the game. They bring a standard of excellence that is less micro-managy, and more focused on teaching their students independence and guiding you to ask yourself the questions to gain the most out of your experience. In my mind, it used to seem a little extravagant to "hire" a Gap Year counselor, but now I question that as I see high-level athletes do not even think twice about hiring personal trainers and high-power people have an entire team supporting their goals, which begs the question-why shouldn't students have the support of professionals to help us play life on a bigger, deeper level not only for a year, but for the rest of our lives? I chose to go Interim because they valued me as a person, my family’s finances, and offered the opportunities and resources for me to succeed with a soul. Timing is everything, and I know my Gap year would not have run as smoothly and effortlessly without their guidance. Of course I could have planned it myself, and make a lot of mistakes, and miss out on golden opportunities along the way. They know where to look, and fast. They know the trusted programs and are connected with the people that will make your year one that you can never forget, and then you realize you have them in your corner for the rest of your life.

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After partnering with Center for ...

After partnering with Center for ...

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Reviewed on 11/22/2014 by

After partnering with Center for Interim Programs for my 2013-2014 Gap Year- all I know is it’s like they knew exactly what I needed after an academic career mainly focused on a competitive, somewhat soul-less pursuit to enter Ivy League institutions and other brand name schools. After that experience, I found myself drawn to unconventional approaches to education which I chose to express through a Gap Year before starting my journey at a traditional American University. Honestly, I did not know how I would convince my parents to see the value in a year "off" away from the traditional path to success let alone find the finances that both honored my desire to explore the unknown and also left a minimal footprint on the family's bank account. Oh, and did I mention the anxiety that came with the responsibility to coordinate flights, hostels, visas, programs, and logistics I didn't even know existed before the 90-minute free consultation appointment. I was struggling to turn my papers on time, let alone plan the year of my dreams. Even if I only used the generosity of the free 90-minute consultation, I would have been better off and more able to plan a strategic Gap Year that maximized what I could afford and also help my parents better understand that this is a viable option for my future. The Center for Interim Programs' decades of experience really shines through in their e-mails, consultations, and navigation-at least in my case-with the parent situation. I wanted my education to be transformative, something out-of-the-blue, and allowed the flexibility to travel around the world, and still show up to my graduation on time. My experience with the Center for Interim Programs filled the need of a personal, dynamic relationship that was always thinking 3 steps ahead of the game. They bring a standard of excellence that is less micro-managy, and more focused on teaching their students independence and guiding you to ask yourself the questions to gain the most out of your experience. In my mind, it used to seem a little extravagant to "hire" a Gap Year counselor, but now I question that as I see high-level athletes do not even think twice about hiring personal trainers and high-power people have an entire team supporting their goals, which begs the question-why shouldn't students have the support of professionals to help us play life on a bigger, deeper level not only for a year, but for the rest of our lives? I chose to go Interim because they valued me as a person, my family’s finances, and offered the opportunities and resources for me to succeed with a soul. Timing is everything, and I know my Gap year would not have run as smoothly and effortlessly without their guidance. Of course I could have planned it myself, and make a lot of mistakes, and miss out on golden opportunities along the way. They know where to look, and fast. They know the trusted programs and are connected with the people that will make your year one that you can never forget, and then you realize you have them in your corner for the rest of your life.

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