Posted: April 2, 2020

Announcing the launch of Penn State's Peace Corps Prep Program!

The Peace Corps Prep Program is open to all students, regardless of major, and is intended to help prepare students for international development fieldwork, potential Peace Corps service or any career in service.

The Peace Corps Prep Program is offered through a partnership between Penn State and the Peace Corps, and Career Services greatly appreciates the support and guidance in developing this program from our partners on campus – The College of Agricultural Sciences, The College of Engineering, and the School of International Affairs.

Students participating in the program earn credit, schedule coursework, and have access to resources to help prepare them for service or a career helping others. To accomplish this, students build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. These four competencies are the following:

  1. Training and experience in a work sector
  2. Foreign language skills
  3. Intercultural competence
  4. Professional and leadership development

Students choose to complete their work in 1 of 6 sectors to focus on:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Youth in Development
  • Community Economic Development

At the completion of the program, participants will earn a certificate along with valuable skills that make them strong candidates for whatever they pursue. This program does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps but does give the candidate a strong advantage.

For more information, visit the dedicated website and fill out an interest form:

For additional questions please contact: Lesley W. Jackson, M.Ed., Student Outreach Coordinator, Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator at 814.865.2377 or