Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in PC Prep?
PC Prep is open to any PLU undergraduate. You can enroll in the program at any time while at PLU. We recommend that you enroll by the end of your sophomore year so that you have enough time to complete the program; however, it is also possible to enroll later, it may just take a bit of extra planning.
Do I have to do the Peace Corps if I complete PC Prep?
No! While many students will choose to apply to Peace Corps, you may decide that this isn’t the right choice for you. Your PC Prep certificate will still be a useful tool that you can use to market yourself to employers, particularly if you are interested in other kinds of service, nonprofit or international work, or government employment.
Does completing PC Prep guarantee me admission into the Peace Corps?
No. PC Prep is meant to prepare you for Peace Corps service and will help make you a competitive applicant. However, it doesn’t guarantee that you will be admitted. We recommend that you work with the PC Prep Coordinator as well as the Peace Corps campus recruiter to help further ensure that your application is competitive. They can provide guidance, for example, on what programs and sectors tend to be the most competitive.
How do I figure out which Peace Corps sector I want to work in?
You should explore the different sectors on the Peace Corps website as well as look at volunteer openings to get a sense of which sector looks most interesting to you. Think about your own interests, passions, and future goals. For example, if you plan to work in a health profession, serving as a health volunteer makes sense. If you want to pursue a career in science, you may consider teaching high school science, but working in an environment related job might also make sense. The PC Prep Coordinator can also help you talk through what sector might make the most sense for you.
Can classes that I have already taken count for PC Prep?
Yes! It is recommended that you use courses that you have already taken towards this program.
Can classes that I take in a study away program count for PC Prep?
Yes! Please speak with the Coordinator before you leave to touch base on which requirements your classes would fulfill.
Why is there a volunteer/ work/ internship requirement? Do I have to set that up on my own?
Part of fulfilling this program is getting some experience in the Peace Corps sector in which you would like to work. This allows you to get valuable experience that will help prepare you for your Peace Corps service. It can come in the form of volunteer, work, or internship experiences. You will need to complete 50 hours in order to complete the certificate. The Center for Community Engagement and Service will be able to help provide guidance on possible volunteer experiences. Career Connections can also be helpful in locating internships. The PC Coordinator can connect you with them.
Can classes that I take for PC Prep also count for my major or fulfill gened requirements?
Yes! The courses that count for this program also count for other programs. It is fine to use courses that you are taking for your major or gened requirements for Prep as well.
Can I complete the PC Prep certificate if I am not a US citizen?
You can! While only US citizens are eligible to do the Peace Corps, this program will help prepare you for other forms of service or service-oriented careers. There is no citizenship requirement for enrolling in it.
I have more questions, what should I do?
Get in touch with Katherine Wiley, the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator, at email@example.com