Adelphi University is offering an 11-week program for students who have decided to take a gap year.
The program, which runs Sept. 7-Nov. 20 includes three weeks of training followed by eight weeks of projects working with a small team on projects for businesses or organizations, which Adelphi said would be similar to an internship.
Adelphi said it had decided on the progam since the usual options for gap years–trael or volunteer projects–are limited because of the Covid-19 epidemic. The program will run remotely, allowing students to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world.
“Adelphi‘s Gap Year Experience is designed for students to learn problem-solving skills through a project-based approach,” said Graziela Fusaro, director of the University’s Center for Innovation. “Students will be divided into multidisciplinary teams and develop a consulting project for a selected partner company — four to eight per group.”
By participating in a combination of a guest speaker series, lectures, company meetings, and team exercises, students will learn problem-solving frameworks and professional skills. Students will have to make a commitment of 10-15 hours a week.
Projects will cover a wide range of subjects in business strategy, marketing, social work, health and other areas according to student interest and partner company engagement. Participants will work with either a domestic or an international partner including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and start-ups.
Participants have the option of earning either three college credits or a certification. The program is open to those planning on continuing their education at Adelphi or students from other colleges and universities both domestic or international, as well as those undecided about their higher education plans.
To learn more or apply, visit www.adelphi.edu/gap-year. Students should apply for the fall term by August 24, 2020 (or spring term January 18, 2021). Applicants will be contacted by the Innovation Center staff for an individual interview or webinar shortly after the application is received.