Application for Park University Peace Corps Prep Program
Park University Peace Corps Prep Program is a program designed for students interested in post-graduate service with the Peace Corps or other international service organization. Over the two years in which students participate in the program they complete curricular, co-curricular and international activities that will enhance their skills and knowledge and clarify their commitment to international service.
To apply for the Park University Peace Corps Prep Program, a student must be a sophomore in good standing, in his or her second year of attendance at Park University. ALL majors are encouraged to apply.
To complete the Park University Peace Corps Prep Program, students must:
- Successfully complete 4 semesters (or the equivalent) of coursework in a foreign language relevant to Peace Corps service;
- Complete a summer, semester, or year-long study abroad program (including a service activity) in a country where their foreign language is spoken;
- Complete 3 courses, two of which must be at the 200 level or above to complement their major field of study. These courses will be selected in consultation with the Park University Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator. Students will select these courses from sector-specific fields that will enhance the practical skills they can offer as Peace Corps volunteers. (Please see the Park University Peace Corps Prep Program Student Guide for a listing of courses to choose from);
- Participate in the planning of and regularly attend the Program’s co-curricular activities to include discussions of important issues in international development and cross-cultural understanding, as well as opportunities to meet with Peace Corps Representatives and Volunteers.
When completed with the form below, please send a transcript of your coursework at Park (official or unofficial is acceptable) and your resume to Don Wise.
Top of Form
Your Student Identification Number
How did you learn about the Peace Corps Prep Program?
Please choose the sector in which you would like to serve
- Community Economic Development
- Youth in Development
Note: Actual Peace Corps assignments are based on local needs, and thus may or may not align seamlessly with your qualifications. Flexibility is key to the Peace Corps experience!
Hands-on experience in that same sector (must total at least 50 hours). Describe what you plan to do:
Curricular, Intercultural Competence and Professional/Leadership Development
Please describe your plans with regard to foreign language study indicating which language you plan to study to meet the 4 semester Peace Corps Prep requirement, and any additional languages you have studied or plan to study or if you are a native speaker in any language other than English.
List the core course and two approved electives you plan to take:
Professional resume feedback:
When do you plan to meet with Career Services for a one-on-one resume review? Month and year:
Professional interview prep
When do you plan to meet with Career Services for an interview workshop? Month and year:
Describe a leadership experience that you intend to pursue:
For example, leading a work or volunteer project, serving on the executive board of a student organization, or organizing a big campus event.
Please identify one Park faculty member we may contact as a reference:
A one page, approximately 500 word, personal statement that addresses how your experience and motivations, and your course of study, relate to your interest in Peace Corps service after graduation
A short essay of roughly 500 words discussing which international issue or issues you think are insufficiently discussed on campus, why it should be better understood, and how it might be addressed as a part of the Peace Corps Prep Program’s co-curricular program.