Founded in 1980, the Center for Interim Programs is the first and longest-running independent gap year counseling organization in the U.S. with over 8,000 families served. We have always believed that the process of personal expansion and creative risk-taking is relevant to people of all ages, at any stage of life. Our Professionally Certified Gap Year Association Counselors have demonstrated excellence in the field of gap year consulting and passed all required standards for ethical, responsible, and risk-managed placements in gap year education. As counselors we are committed to our students' well-being and development; we also offer the unique vantage point of having been gap year students, gap year parents, gap year grandparents, and program directors. Our service is good for each individual's lifetime.