Peace Corps Prep offers students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for careers in international development. It builds hands-on experience and leadership skills while students complete courses focused on intercultural competence and foreign language. Truman is one of only about 25 universities nationwide to have a Peace Corps Prep partnership with the agency.
Upon completion of the program, students will receive a signed certificate from the Peace Corps. Those individuals that participate in the Peace Corps Prep program are under no obligation to volunteer for the Peace Corps at any time, but successful completion of the program will make their applications more competitive should they choose to apply.
The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development.
Since the Peace Corps was created in 1961, more than 200 Truman graduates have served as volunteers. In 2015, Truman ranked No. 19 on the Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing mid-sized schools with 14 alumni serving as volunteers. The University’s relationship with the agency was a key factor in helping Truman secure the ranking of No. 2 Master’s University in the nation, according to the Washington Monthly.
Peace Corps Prep is Truman’s newest partnership with the organization. In 2014, the University’s Office of Graduate Studies began participation in the Master’s International program, which allows students pursing a Master of Arts degree in leadership to complete one year of graduate coursework before beginning Peace Corps assignments. The two-year Peace Corps appointment counts as the required nine-credit internship experience, and tuition is waived during that time.
Further details about the Peace Corps Prep program can be found at truman.edu/majors-programs/more-learning-opportunities/peace-corps-prep-program.
Information regarding the Master’s International program can be found by visiting truman.edu/majors-programs/graduate-studies/masters-in-leadership/masters-international.