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SIS & the Peace Corps

Peace Corps World Map with Kids

The Peace Corps and the School of International Service have enjoyed very close ties and complementary missions since the early years of the agency. SIS was one of the first institutions of higher education working with Peace Corps as partners in training under the leadership of Dr. Ernest S. Griffith, former Dean of the School of International Service (SIS) in 1962. Today, our partnership under Dean James Goldgeier remains strong in a variety areas for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and future volunteers aspiring to serve overseas one day.

Peace Corps Prep

Founded in 2016, the Peace Corps Prep Program is SIS' newest Peace Corps program. Peace Corps Prep is an undergraduate certificate program offering future PCVs critical sector-specific job skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, and professional leadership development skills. This program prepares future volunteers to be the best volunteer they can be, and is recognized by the Peace Corps.

For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at SIS works to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans here in our local community. After serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, RPCVs bring home valuable experience and skills in education, program development, youth development, and cultural understanding while receiving a modest tuition benefit. RPCVs extend these skills and experiences to serve needs in Washington D.C. communities. During the 2016-2017 academic year nearly 50 RPCVs are serving as SIS Peace Corps Fellows in US based non-profits, schools, community youth organizations, and other service sites.

Peace Corps Community Archive (PCCA)
In 2012 the University Library, SIS, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), and other RPCVs from around the country launched the Peace Corps Community Archive (  PCCA collects, exhibits, and provides educational and public programs that document the experiences and impact of individuals who served in the Peace Corps and of individuals and institutions in host countries. It seeks to increase awareness of the history of the Peace Corps and create a directory of Peace Corps-related collections.

On Campus

The AU Peace Corps Community is a registered student organization that was established to bring together those with Peace Corps connections at American University. Members include a diverse group from the broad Peace Corps community including Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Master's International students, former students of volunteers, and Peace Corps allies who are American University students or Alumni connecting together and representing the Peace Corps in our communities.

Master's International Program (Discontinued)

Since 2011 SIS has been a partner in the Master's International Program. This program was discontinued nation-wide by Peace Corps effective September 30, 2016.

Contact Us

For more information on these partnerships and Peace Corps programs, please contact:

Stephen W. Angelsmith

Director of Peace Corps Programs
School of International Service