LEAPYEAR Internship

LEAPYEAR Internships

Second Semester Individual Internships

LEAPNOW maintains an unparalleled database of over 6,600 internships, volunteer options, work exchanges and apprenticeships which are available only to LEAPYEAR and LEAPYEAR2 students. We have amassed this database through travel, networking and research since 1977, and it is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.

The internship is an incredible opportunity to explore an interest in depth or “try on” a field you are considering majoring in college or doing for a living.

The breadth of these options allows us to ask questions that are asked far too rarely in educational environments: "If you could wave your magic wand, what would you most like to do? What learning environment would bring you most alive? What’s the "juiciest" thing you can conceive of doing for 3 months?"

In his book, "Drive," Daniel Pink identified three elements of true motivation: 1) autonomy, the desire to direct our own lives, 2) mastery, the desire to continually improve at something that matters, and 3) purpose, the desire to do things in service of something larger than ourselves. These elements are too often completely missing from traditional schooling, but are integral to the LEAPYEAR individual internship.

Individual Internships allow you to:

The LEAPYEAR internship is NOT intended for wandering, pursuit of distraction or recreation, or simply touring around. It's a chance to further your development and evolution as a human being. The internship begins three days after and builds naturally on the formal Rite of Passage at the end of Third Retreat, allowing you to "enact" adulthood in a real and profoundly meaningful way for 3 months.

Sample Internship Choices

"Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white."
― Mark Jenkins

Please note that the internships available to LEAPYEAR students number in the thousands and range across 126 countries, including the United States. Here are some of the thousands that are offered:

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Learn more about how LEAPYEAR students choose their Individual Internship.

Questions? Call us!

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