University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) is a gap year for grown-ups as they transition from career jobs into what’s next.

UMAC offers the time, space, and insights for fellows to reimagine the arc of their lives, which may include a new career, part-time work, entrepreneurship, or unpaid community participation.

Over the course of two semesters, fellows attend classes, seminars, and lectures, deepen ties in their communities, and apply their skills in new ways in a nonprofit setting.

UMAC offers an opportunity to learn, explore, and connect across the generations, building on a vibrant campus community. With a focus on meaningful work with purpose, whether paid or unpaid, fellows gain practical experience while expanding capacity within the nonprofit sector.

The Importance of UMAC

Marc Freedman, President and CEO of, talks about why it is important to connect the generations, and the value that University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative provides for people as they navigate the second half of life.