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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 current volunteers, former “Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), and future friends aspiring to serve overseas one day.

For Future Volunteers
Grad School or Peace Corps… Why not both? The Masters International Program at SIS is a way of combining graduate school and Peace Corps service as one complementary program. Students complete a year of graduate studies before leaving for a Peace Corps assignment. This year of graduate studies complements the Peace Corps training and service, enhancing both experiences. SIS Masters International students are currently serving in Paraguay, Botswana, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Mozambique,

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 2013-2014 academic year 22 RPCVs are serving as SIS Peace Corps Fellows in in local 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.

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