General Information: Interested in Peace Corps?
Peace Corps and the University Career Center and The President’s Promise have been partnering for several years to help UMD students learn more about serving with the Peace Corps and support them as they embark on this life-defining experience. UMD is one of a few universities across the country that have a dedicated Peace Corps staff member available to meet with interested students and community members and assist with the application process. We hope you will take advantage of this great resource and connect UMD’s Peace Corps Campus Recruiter.
Sign up here for a Peace Corps Office Hours slot to speak with UMD's Peace Corps Recruiter to receive assistance with the application process, practice for interviews, work through specific questions and more. Meetings will last approximately 20 minutes each and will be held in the University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South wing). Please follow the link below to set an appointment. Appointments are not finalized until you receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org
On campus Peace Corps events for Fall 2017:
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Storytelling Panel
Wednesday, November 15th, 5pm-7pm - Global Crossroads Atrium | H.J. Patterson Hall
Come listen to the stories of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as they share their experiences living, working and serving abroad in diverse settings. You’ll hear first-hand experiences of what it is like to serve in the Peace Corps, live in a developing country, experience diversity in a new cultural context, and change lives. If you have any interest in Peace Corps, living abroad, or launching an international career, sign up for this event! RSVP for this event here.
Peace Corps Information Session
Tuesday, November 28th 3pm - 4:30pm
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us to learn about Volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. This Information Session will be on November 28th from 3:00pm-4:30pm at the University Career Center. Registration is required so please use this link!
Peace Corps Application Workshop
Thursday, November 30th, 5pm - 6:30pm
Joining the Peace Corps is a competitive process so make your application stand out from the rest! UMD students who are looking for specific application information and tips should attend this workshop. You will learn how to match your skills to specific program openings, tailor your resume for program qualifications and strengthen your application. You will have your questions answered and gain valuable tips to guide you through your Peace Corps application. The Application Workshop will be on November 30th from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Registration is required so please use this link!
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Peace Corps 101
Established in 1961, the Peace Corps sends thousands of American citizens abroad every year to live and work in over 60 countries around the world. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels and work in education, health, environment, community economic development, youth development, and agriculture.
What does the Peace Corps look for in applicants? Experience in volunteering and community outreach; experience in leadership roles and working independently, a solid academic background, and most importantly, a desire to learn about the world and serve others. The Peace Corps asks that all volunteers be ready to commit to 27 months of service in a developing foreign country and be able to live and work in a challenging setting potentially very different from the U.S.
During a volunteer’s service, the Peace Corps covers all expenses, including travel to and from the country of service, living and housing expenses, full medical coverage and vacation time. Upon successful completion of service, each volunteer also receives a readjustment allowance, Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for jobs with the federal government, scholarship opportunities for graduate degrees, and access to a broad and active network of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Peace Corps volunteers also gain transferable skills in leadership, problem solving, and much more, that they can leverage into a successful career upon returning to the United States.
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Peace Corps Resume Tips
Your resume is the most important part of your application. Peace Corps will use your resume to determine if you have the academic, work, and volunteer experience to qualify for an assignment. Spend time tailoring it to the Peace Corps volunteer openings that interest you, and follow these guidelines to make your application stand out from the rest.
1. Target your resume to the work sector(s) for which you want to apply, and make sure it tells your whole story. You can only submit one resume with your application but can apply for up to three jobs at a time. If you want to apply to positions in more than one sector, make your experience in each area evident with different headings (e.g. "Education Experience" followed by "Public Health Experience"). Only apply to sectors for which you have relevant experience.
2. Your resume does not need to be limited to one page for the Peace Corps application, 2 or even 3 pages is fine. Include foreign language experience, technical skills, and any leadership roles, work and volunteer positions, and tutoring or mentoring experience.
3. Quantify your experiences wherever possible. For each experience indicate how many hours per week or the total number of hours you worked or volunteered. If you were a tutor or teacher, make sure to note what subjects and the number of students you taught.
4. Include a "Key Qualifications" section at the top of your resume to highlight your transferable skills, sector specific experience, and personal motivation.
If you have any questions about Peace Corps or want to attend an event please email the University of Maryland recruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org