The Peace Corps has a rich heritage of being a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote “world peace and friendship” at the height of the Cold War. Since that time, more than 210,000 have volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps. There are more than 7,200 volunteers working across the globe today.
Peace Corps volunteers tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems during their service, from climate change to elementary and secondary education, food security to gender equality and empowerment. These varied experiences provide the volunteers with diverse backgrounds and a global perspective that transcends linguistic and cultural barriers. In this constantly changing and connected world, there is an urgent need for professionals who can demonstrate an ability to transform the world around them.
Arizona State University is a close partner and advocate for the U.S. Peace Corps. Almost 1,000 ASU graduates have served the Peace Corps since its establishment. To encourage graduates to participate in this form of national service, ASU has created the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship for returning Peace Corps volunteers to pursue graduate education in selected fields. For those students who would like to integrate their master's degree into a Peace Corps experience, we offer degrees in global affairs and management. Through these opportunities, bright and dedicated Peace Corps volunteers will become highly skilled and informed citizens allowing them to embark upon careers in government, education, the private sector and non-profit organizations to build a better world.