The Center for INTERIM Programs

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do
than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

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Founded in 1980, The Center for Interim Programs is the first and longest-running independent gap-year counseling organization in the United States.

Interim has designed creative gap-year opportunities for more than 6,800 people of all ages and built relationships with organizations worldwide. Our database encompasses over 6,000 program opportunities.

At Interim, we work one-on-one with individuals of all ages to tailor a combination of program options that match interests, needs, and goals. We guide people through the process of identifying reputable placements, securing those placements, and adjusting to the changes that inevitably take place as individuals take on new experiences that create or re-create their lives.

Interim offers:

  • The option for students, grads, mid- and post-career individuals to take creative gap time
  • Decades of experience and expertise in counseling and placing individuals
  • A database of the highest quality program options
  • The certainty that the placements we recommend are "tried-and-true"
  • A wide range of affordable options, e.g. housing & food provided for work; no program fees
  • A lifetime of individual, personalized, professional service
Dr. Teena Cahill and Holly Bull talk about the real-life benefits of taking a Gap Year.
Nurturing the Nurturer podcast
"Gap Years for Growth"
In-depth student Gap-Year article
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The Possibilities of the Gap Year"
by Holly Bull
See Holly Bull on taking a Gap Year.
Princeton Public Library Discussion
October 16, 2012
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The Gap Year: what it is, who should take one, the types of programs, and the benefits
"Navigating a Gap Year"
by Holly Bull

Interim in the News
Students & Grads
"Taming the High Cost of College" PODCAST
Nov 20, 2014

Hear Holly tell us how this year (or even just a semester) spent away from the formal college environment can truly help students. " Taking a Gap Year Interview with Holly Bull, President,
Center for Interim Programs"

with Brad Baldridge.

KWHS Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
July 15, 2014

"Life skills are so helpful for college students" said Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs. " A Gap Year Involves a Little Cooking, Some Laundry and a
Whole Lot of Self-Discovery"

by KWHS Staff.

Fox Business
Sept 20, 2013

"When students take this kind of time...they’re much better students" said Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs. " Taking a Gap Year: What Students Should Consider"
by Emily Driscoll.

Time Magazine Moneyland, Oct 5, 2012
"it's harder to consider college tuitions with a student who seems uncertain" said Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs. " The Growing Appeal of NOT Going Right to College"
by Victor Luckerson.

WBUR - Radio Boston Interview, Mar 8, 2012
Hear Holly Bull of Interim and Robert Clagett, former Admissions Dean at Middlebury College, discuss taking a Gap Year before college. "Taking A Gap Year Can Improve Student Achievement"
with Anthony Brooks and Meghna Chakrabarti.

Mid & Post Career
New Jersey 101.5 Jan 1, 2015
More adults taking mid-career 'gap time' "The gap time can be tailored to somebody's individual situation, said Holly Bull of Interim"
by David Matthau.

The Wall Street Journal Dec 8, 2013
Baby boomers are taking career breaks to reflect, re-energize and restart their engines, "The Case for a Midlife 'Gap' Year"
by Anne Tergesen.

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