Peace Corps Prep and Florida State University

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What is Peace Corps Prep?

Peace Corps Prep is an academic-partnered certificate program that assists in building the skills you need to have a positive impact as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon completion of the certificate program, you will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps and invaluable insight when applying for Peace Corps service.

What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The Peace Corps is a catalyst for grassroots international development and cultural exchange, powered by Volunteers ready to use their energy, ingenuity, and skills to work to reduce inequality and create opportunities in communities around the world.

  • To learn more about the Peace Corps in general, visit their website
  • To explore the regions and countries Peace Corps Volunteer can go, visit their interactive map



In 2007, the Peace Corps established the Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) program with the twin goals of fostering stronger partnerships between undergraduate institutions and developing a pipeline of highly qualified Peace Corps applicants. Today, Florida State University is one of over 100 colleges and universities offering the program.

The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you’ll 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 and Global Citizenship
  4. Professional and Leadership Development


Once students complete the four core competencies and take part in an exit interview, they will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps upon graduation from FSU. While this credential enhances your competitiveness when applying for Peace Corps Volunteer service, you are not required to apply to become a Peace Corp Volunteer upon completion of this program.

*Please note that while completion of this program increases your chances of being accepted into the Peace Corps Volunteer program, it does not guarantee it, and you will be required to apply to that program in the same manner as non-Peace Corps Prep applicants.


Getting Started

The Peace Corps Prep Student Guide explains each of these requirements in detail. Use this guide to map out your Peace Corps Prep course of study. In particular, refer to this when completing your PC Prep application, where you’ll need to document how you plan to fulfill each requirement. This guide aligns point-by-point with each section of the application. Be sure to read all of it before you begin your journey.


Eligibility & Program Requirements

The Peace Corps Prep program is available to all Florida State undergraduate students. It is highly encouraged that students begin the program early in their academic careers. To be considered, students must be in good academic standing with the university.

The Peace Corps Prep program curriculum covers four key areas:

  • Training and Experience in a Work Sector (Education)
  • Foreign Language Skills
  • Intercultural Competence and Global Citizenship
  • Professional and Leadership Development

To successfully complete the program, students are required to achieve a “B” or higher letter grade in the courses which count towards the Peace Corps Prep certificate.



1. Is the Peace Corps hard to get into? Do I really need this program?

The Peace Corps has seen record numbers of applicants in recent times, thus it is becoming increasingly competitive. Participating in the Peace Corps Prep program will help you to identify and acquire the skills that Peace Corps is looking for in its volunteers and will give you a competitive edge, although acceptance into Peace Corps service is not guaranteed. While the PC Prep program will certainly strengthen your candidacy as an applicant, it is not a requirement to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

2. What about PC Prep? Should I join?

In addition to those who are interested in applying to the Peace Corps, the PC Prep program may have particular appeal to students who are interested in international development. We expect students enroll in PC Prep for many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • Acquire skills that will provide a solid background and training for international service
  • Gain technical skills in a particular Peace Corps work sector.
  • Gain insight into working with diverse and/or underserved communities.
  • Become engaged in local and international service opportunities.
  • Enhance and strengthen career planning.

3. How will the PC Prep coursework affect my major(s), minor(s) and/or certificate(s)?

  • To the degree possible, Peace Corps Prep requirements and your major requisites will overlap. In some cases, you will have to ensure that your program of study can accommodate Peace Corps Prep requirements.
  • Some required coursework may be academic electives, or in other cases major, minor or certificate credit. (There should not be any credits taken in excess so that enrolled students graduate on time. i.e. within 4 years).
  • A PC Prep course may also meet General Education coursework or college requirements – depending on your college and academic department.
  • PC Prep courses will cause you to reflect on the global and intercultural aspects of your academic experience.

4. Is PC Prep only for students who want to work internationally or focus on international academics?

Being a global citizen builds upon intercultural skills which enable you to see a global vision for your educational goals, as wells as, your career goals. Earning a PC Prep Certificate is a major component to building a strong resume, set of skills, and marketable talents that will enhance your professional future.

5. I’m a senior. Is it too late for me to earn a Peace Corps Prep certificate?

You may be able to retroactively count requirements of the PC Prep program that you have already fulfilled. We suggest meeting with a PC Prep advisor to see what requirements you have already fulfilled and identify any gaps that may be completed during your final year. Contact info: Jeffrey Ayala Milligan (

6. What is the deadline for the application?

The PC Prep program has two deadlines: September 28, 2018 (Fall semester) and February 1st, 2019 (Spring semester). You can apply throughout the year, and we review applications on these two dates. We will notify you when your application has been accepted and invite you to a welcome orientation to meet the other participants and learn more about the program.

7. What if I sign up for the Peace Corps Prep program but don’t complete it for some reason?

The PC Prep program is a voluntary program, thus there is no penalty for not completing. However, the program does offer many advantages for a number of future careers or service experiences, and it is only to your benefit to complete the requirements!

8. Can I still do Peace Corps Prep if I am an international student?

Yes, you may certainly participate in the program. However, you must have U.S. citizenship serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Peace Corps Prep emphasizes the development of skills that will translate well into a variety of settings, particularly if you are interested in working with people from different cultures.

9. I’ve successfully completed the Peace Corps Prep program. What’s next?

Congratulations! You have completed a program that makes you a more successful applicant to the Peace Corps or other similar service programs. FSU’s Peace Corps recruiter is available to assist you in applying for the Peace Corps. Keep in mind, the application process usually takes between 9-12 months so it is never too soon to start thinking about when and where you would like to serve. For students who wish to serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation, applications are typically submitted between your Junior and Senior year. You may also wish to meet with an advisor on campus to explore additional opportunities.

PC Prep Checklist

Step 1: Read and review the PC Prep requirements

Refer to the Student Guide to plan how you intend to fulfill the Peace Corps Prep requirements

Step 2: Apply

  • Complete the Peace Corps Prep application (PCPStudentApplicationFALL2018).
  • In addition, applicants are required to submit an official updated transcript from the university’s registrar. Transcripts should be sent to:

Peace Corps Recruiter

Kristine Posada


Within one week you can expect to hear from a Peace Corps Prep Advisor regarding your application status.

Step 3 (optional): PCP Orientation and/or meeting with Peace Corps Advisor

Accepted applicants will be invited to attend a PC orientation, allowing students the opportunity meet fellow Prep students and gain insight both into the program and the Peace Corps organization as a whole.

After attending the PC Prep Orientation (or incase you are unable to attend), you may wish to meet one-on-one with a PC Prep advisor. This will be an opportunity to double check that your intended plan will be successful and/or make any changes.

*This step is for your benefit and not mandatory for meeting your PC Prep requirements.

Step 4: Certificate requirements

When enrolling in classes, ensure that you are signing up for courses that also fulfill the work sector, intercultural competence, language requirements, and professional & leadership development of the PC Prep program.

Engage in service hours to fulfill work sector requirements – remember have your hours tracked and signed by a supervisor!

Note: While you may choose to wait until your senior year to have your resume reviewed and complete a mock interview, it is never too soon to plan how you will fulfill the leadership requirement; joining a student organization may be a good way to start!

Step 5: Engage

Stay connected to the Peace Corps Prep community by taking part in Peace Corps Prep meetings and other related events (i.e. Peace Corps Tallahassee).

Be sure to connect with a PC Prep Coordinator periodically to track your progress in the program and ensure you are meeting the requirements.

Step 6: Completion of requirements

After successfully completing all of the program requirements, meet with the Peace Corps recruiter to review the Exit Checklist.

Email the following documents to the PC Recruiter (

Exit checklist (including resume review and mock interview verification)

Work sector hour documentation

Unofficial university transcripts

Upon completion of the program requirements and approval by a PC Prep coordinator, a request will be sent to the Peace Corps headquarters for your official PC Prep Certificate.

Step 7: Prepare for service

The Peace Corps application typically takes between 9-12 months. For students who wish to serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation, applications are typically submitted between your Junior and Senior year.

For advice on the application process, reach out to the PC Recruiter right here on FSU’s campus!

Remember to upload your completed (and signed) Exit Checklist when you apply for Peace Corps – even if you’ve not yet finished all of your requirements!

Contact Information and Resources

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Director, Learning Systems Institute

The Florida State University




PCP Student Guide FALL 2018

PCP Student Application FALL 2018

PCP Eligible Intercultural Competence Courses

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