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Peace Corps Prep Program


Peace Corps Prep Program is a partner program between the Peace Corps and Wilmington College. Students who are accepted and meet the criteria outlined through this program will receive a certificate from Peace Corps and priority consideration in their Peace Corps application, although acceptance to Peace Corps is not guaranteed. The purpose of this program is to prepare students who are interested in doing international service, like Peace Corps, and to recognize their achievements.

Students who wish to apply to participate are encouraged to apply early during their time at Wilmington College. Those who apply after the first semester of their junior year will be closely evaluated to ensure that they will have time to fully complete the program requirements prior to graduation.


Program Requirements

In order to complete the program, students must meet the following requirements:

1. Training and experience in a specific work sector

  • Minimum of 12 credits (from any discipline) that develop expertise in one of the following Peace Corps Work Sectors:
    • Education, Environment, Youth in Development, Health, Agriculture, or Community Economic Development
  • Minimum of 50 hours of service related to that same work sector, which may include participation in experiential learning:
    • Education Practica/Student Teaching; Study/Service Trip; Domestic or International Internship

2. Foreign language skills

  • Optional for Latin America or West Africa Peace Corps Placement: Minimum of 8 credits in Spanish at the 200-level or higher

3. Intercultural competence

  • Minimum of 12 credits in Global Awareness Courses

4. Professional and leadership development

  • Participation and leadership development in the Peace Corps Prep-related student club
  • Have resume critiqued by Career Services
  • Complete interview skills workshop with Career Services
2015 Inaugural Peace Corps Prep Program

Wilmington College inducted the first five students into its new Peace Corps Prep program April 29, 2015 at a ceremony at the Peace Resource Center.

College officials and members of the extended campus community that are returned Peace Corp volunteers welcomed Megan Darst, Dillion Davidson, Dylan Sander, Kelsey Stone and Alisa Turner into WC’s inaugural program.