Peace Corps Prep is an intensive, two year program.
Students can apply at any point in their college career, but it is heavily encouraged that they wait until sophomore year to ensure they’ve fully considered their major and post-college interests, and begin no later than their first semester of junior year in order to complete all coursework in a timely manner. Interested students must first attend an informational session to discuss the program, how it works, the benefits, and the application process. These sessions will be held at the beginning of each semester.
The following requirements are necessary for the completion of every track:
Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work. Through this PC Prep program, you will begin to build a professional specialty, which should serve your career well whether or not you become a Peace Corps Volunteer.
For PC Prep, you need to complete at least 3 courses that align with a specific work sector (they can, but do not need to, come from your academic major or minor). You also must accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that same sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity.
Working across cultures often entails verbal and nonverbal languages distinct from your own. Building foreign language skills is thus a second key component of the PC Prep curriculum.
Where would you like to serve? PC Prep minimum course requirements align with those needed by applicants to the Peace Corps itself, which vary by linguistic region.
Note: If you are a strong native speaker and want to serve in a country that speaks your same language, you can skip this requirement!
Engaging thoughtfully and fluidly across cultures begins with one’s own self-awareness. With this learning objective, you will deepen your cultural agility through a mix of three introspective courses in which you learn about others while reflecting upon your own self in relation to others. The goal is for you to build your capacity to shift perspective and behavior around relevant cultural differences.
You must take at least 1 of these core classes:
And choose 2 additional electives from the above list or these below:
In addition to these courses on global cultural interactions, there are many other appropriate courses in various departments that explore particular regions and societies around the world. Please discuss it with your PC Prep Faculty Advisor.
International development is a highly professional sector. It is difficult to break into, and it demands great initiative and leadership to advance professionally within the field.
PC Prep requires three specific activities that will strengthen your candidacy for the Peace Corps (or any other professional endeavor):
Note: If you are interested in taking a course, pursing a volunteer opportunity, etc., that you believe relates to your track but do not see above, contact Marne Ausec at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether it could be counted towards the program requirements.