The United States Peace Corps recently ranked Missoula second, only to Loveland, Colo., in the nation for producing per-capita Peace Corps volunteers. In this year’s rankings, the state of Montana came in seventh overall for Peace Corps volunteers per capita.
The University of Montana is the first public university in the country to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Any UM student can earn a Peace Corps certificate through participation in the international development studies minor in UM’s College of Arts and Sciences.
“The certificate gives UM students a distinct advantage in the highly competitive application process,” said Daphne Felker, program manager for UM’s Office of Career Services.
“We have an incredible amount of interest among our students to serve low-income countries,” Felker said. “The Peace Corps prep option just helps to open that door for students interested in pursuing the Peace Corps path.”
UM has produced 780 Peace Corps volunteers since 1961. At the end of September, Montana had 48 volunteers serving worldwide in the Corps, of those, 32 volunteers are UM alums.
For more information about the Peace Corps, visit UM’s Office of Career Services online at http://umt.edu/peacecorps. To speak with UM’s Peace Corps campus representative Brad Haas in the Office of Career Services, call 46-243-2839. For general information call Felker at 406-243-6150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.