The School of International Service partners with Peace Corps in many ways, including the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. The Peace Corps Fellows Program for Returned Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) allows SIS graduate students who have already served in the Peace Corps to apply their knowledge and skills acquired during service to a local US-based service internship and receive a tuition benefit starting at 8 credits.
Since launching in 2012, the SIS Peace Corps partnership has expanded and been recognized by the Peace Corps as among the top ten largest programs in the United States. The SIS mission of public service, environmental stewardship, human rights, and social justice align naturally with the Peace Corps ideals of promoting world peace and friendship. American University’s goal of “bringing the world to AU and bringing AU to the world” also complements the Third Goal of Peace Corps by promoting knowledge of the outside world and cross-cultural literacy on the part of Americans.
Our Peace Corps Fellows serve as leaders and qualified international service experts with sensitivity to cultural differences, language skills, creativity, skills in program development, education, youth development, and cultural understanding. These experiences ignite future careers as international service leaders.
Visit the SIS & The Peace Corps Website to learn more or contact the Peace Corps Programs Director.