Peace Corps 

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.

Appointments/Office Hours

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

On campus Peace Corps events for Spring 2019: 

Peace Corps Information Session

Thursday, February 21st, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

University Career Center & The President's Promise

(3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing, 3rd Floor) 

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 at an Info Session 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 Thursday, February 21st from 12noon-1pm in the University Career Center & The President's Promise. To RSVP, please follow this link.

Peace Corps Week Film Screening: A Day in the Life

Tuesday, February 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

University Career Center & The President’s Promise

(3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing, 3rd Floor)

Celebrate Peace Corps Week by joining us for a film screening. We will watch short films made by Peace Corps Volunteers with the theme "A Day in the Life.” You’ll watch first-hand experiences of what it is like to serve in the Peace Corps, live with host families, and experience relationship building in a new cultural context. Peace Corps recruiters will be available to talk to you about how to navigate the competitive process.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Reservations are required so please RSVP via this link.

Peace Corps Week Jeopardy!

Thursday, February 28th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Global Crossroads Atrium, HJ Patterson Hall

Come celebrate Peace Corps week by playing Jeopardy! Join us for a night of testing your international development knowledge, meeting new people, and competing for Peace Corps swag. All are welcome as we celebrate the 58th anniversary of Peace Corps!

Light hor d'oeuvres will be provided.

Reservations of are required so please RSVP via this link.

Questions? Email: 

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.

Learn More About Peace Corps

Is Peace Corps Right for me?

What do Volunteers do?

Volunteer Openings


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Peace Corps Stories 

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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


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