Combine your Peace Corp service with your Master’s in Environmental Studies
Antioch University New England offers the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service with master’s study in the Department of Environmental Studies. Earn 9 credits, tuition-free, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and pursuing your passion in international community work and environmental studies. AUNE will also waive your application fee and student fees while you are overseas.
This opportunity is available to students pursuing an MS in Environmental Studies, including concentrations in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, Self-Designed Studies, and Sustainable Development & Climate Change, as well as students pursuing the 42-credit option of the MS in Resource Management and Conservation degree. You will be able to enter the program in the fall or spring semesters, and will spend a minimum of two semesters taking courses at AUNE before departing for Peace Corps service. You will also attend specialized training and workshops to prepare them for effective service in the Peace Corps.
While serving in the Peace Corps, you will have the chance to apply what you have learned to tackle pressing social and environmental issues and benefit communities around the world. In recognition of your service, you will be awarded 9 credits toward your degree in the form of three 3-credit internships. You will have the option to use your third internship to fulfill the capstone requirement, or, after completing your service, conducting a capstone related to or independent of your Peace Corps service. Following Peace Corps service, students typically return for a final semester to complete any remaining coursework and capstone requirements as well as plan next steps in their career.
- Earn 9 credits, tuition-free
- Serve in the Peace Corps with support from AUNE faculty and the Peace Corps
- Receive transportation to and from your country of service/research
- Receive housing and living stipend while in Peace Corps
- Receive medical coverage while in Peace Corps
- Receive over $8,000 (pre-tax) from the Peace Corps at the completion of Peace Corps service as a readjustment allowance
- Receive Noncompetitive Eligibility for Federal jobs
The AUNE Peace Corp International Service Program program gives students customized curriculum and training in technical skills and community development leading to successful community-based work in the Peace Corps. While serving as Peace Corps volunteers, they receive guidance from an AUNE faculty with deep experience and close ties to ongoing international research initiatives in Africa, Central America, and elsewhere.
Practical, hands-on learning is a keystone of an AUNE education and you can’t get much more real-world than the Peace Corps. An AUNE graduate degree readies you to tackle the world’s most challenging and rewarding careers in advocacy for social justice and sustainability, conservation biology, environmental education, science teaching, sustainable development and climate change, and resource management. Combine that with your Peace Corps experience, and you’ll find a wide range of careers open up to you after graduation.
How to Apply
When you’re ready to apply, use the application for the degree program you’ve chosen, and let Jason Rhoades, International Service Program Director, or Admissions know you’re interested in the International Service program.
Please note: US citizenship is one of the requirements for Peace Corps service. Therefore, only citizens of the United States can apply for this program. If you are not a US citizen, please explore AUNE’s opportunities for international students.
Students also receive support with their Peace Corps application. While acceptance into Peace Corps is not guaranteed as part of the program, students in the International Service Program will be highly competitive in the application process as a result of their time at AUNE developing their expertise and skills.
Learn more about the MS in Environmental Studies, which is offered in partnership with AUNE’s Peace Corp International Service Program.
”This is a specialized program that may not be able to be combined with other specialized programs.”