Founded in 1980, the Center for Interim Programs is the first independent gap year counseling service in the U.S. Interim has created customized gap years for over 8,000 individuals, matching interests, goals, and budgets with vetted opportunities worldwide.
Interim believes, and has witnessed the fact, 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 gap time to consider our free 90 minute consultation (via phone, Zoom, or in person). During this brainstorming session we speak with students and parents (or guardians) to hear interests, goals, concerns, timing, and budget, and then begin to outline best matching vetted options. Engaging in this session does not obligate you to work with Interim. It will, however, help to give immediate shape to a potential gap year 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 consulting fee, good for a lifetime of service, and we do not receive further referrals fees from placements.
In order to have a productive consultation, each individual completes our online Interest Sheet which is free to submit and should not take much more than 20 minutes. With general interests in front of us, we can do initial program research prior to the meeting and it also allows people to start thinking more specifically about the possibilities ahead.
We are based in New Jersey but communicate and work with families all over the world via phone, Zoom, email, or in person.
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 relationships built over 40 years, ongoing research, annual site visits, and alumni feedback) are what families are looking for. Getting to the bottom of a student’s goals and working within a family’s budget are also 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 do as many meetings as are needed in advance of your departure to make sure we have come up with the gap year that suits you. We introduce you to program staff and connect you with our alumni. We know that you will invariably change and evolve during the planning process and during gap time - this is normal - and continue to assess which options best meet shifting interests and plans. We are prepared to accommodate these shifts as well as last-minute placements.
Our support and expertise do not end when you leave for your gap year. We have spent years advising students and 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 supportive intervention if needed.
Founded in 1980, Interim is the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. We have helped over 8,000 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 counselors have over 50 combined years in the field of experiential education as gap year counselors, gap year parents, and program directors. We 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 Gap Year 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, expand our horizons, and continue to grow and be inspired.