Peace Corps

Peace Corps — Make the Most of Your World

Indiana University is proud of our long-standing and significant role in promoting Peace Corps on our campus. Consistently in the top tier, IU ranked 20th in 2020 for alumni volunteers. Since 1961, more than 1,748 Hoosiers have put their education and experience to work around the world in the areas of education, health, environment, community and economic development, agriculture, and youth in development.


The Need for Peace Corps Volunteers is More Relevant Than Ever

Peace Corps is an international service organization of the United States. The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service while at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.

The world has changed quite a lot since the Peace Corps was first established, and the need for Peace Corps Volunteers is more relevant than ever. The Peace Corps continues its original mission based on three simple goals:

1. Helping people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.


Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter

The 2015 Camp GLOW/Bro in Volta, Ghana which was held during the week of August 24, 2015.

Vicki Runion is Indiana University’s current campus-based Peace Corps Recruiter. She is responsible for providing advice and insight to those interested in Peace Corps service. She is your face-to-face resource to learn about opportunities with the Peace Corps, the application process, and what the life of a Peace Corps Volunteer entails. The Peace Corps Recruiter is housed within the Walter Center for Career Achievement in Ernie Pyle Hall.

To make an appointment with Vicki, please email vrunion@iu.edu. She is available for virtual office hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Current Application Guidelines

Due to the pandemic, deadlines have been suspended. Apply now for early, mid, and late 2022.
Peace Corps has temporarily suspended international operations. The timeline for return is currently unclear, as it will depend on a country-by-country assessment. We look forward to returning as soon as conditions permit.   Please know:

  • Positions are listed on www.peacecorps.gov with departure dates in early, mid, and late 2022. You can apply at any time either to serve where needed most or to a specific job  in a specific country such as “English Education Teacher – Ukraine.”
  • Being flexible is essential, and on your application, you are welcome to note any country and job preferences you may have.
  • Contact your IU Recruiter  vrunion@iu.edu to learn how to become a competitive applicant.

Earn a Global Service and Peace Corps Prep Certificate

The Hamilton Lugar School for Global and International studies has a Global Service and Peace Corps Prep certificate that allows you to earn academic credit while preparing yourself for possible Peace Corps service.


Attend a Peace Corps Event

Find a Peace Corps event near you at www.peacecorps.gov/events. To find Peace Corps events at IU, head over to Handshake.