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.

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.

Indiana University employs a campus-based Peace Corps Recruiter who is responsible for providing advice and insight to those interested in Peace Corps service. The Recruiter 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.

Interested in Applying? 

As you know, Peace Corps has temporarily suspended international operations. The timeline for return is currently unclear, as it will depend on a country-by-country assessment. To address this uncertainty, we have temporarily shifted to a broader model of choices for applying to Peace Corps service. We look forward to returning as soon as conditions permit, and at that time, we will need volunteers.

Positions are listed on the Volunteer Openings page with departure dates ranging from January – June 2021. You can apply at any time either to serve where needed most, or to a specific job category in a specific region, such as “English Education Teacher – Africa.” Being flexible is essential, and on your application, you are welcome to note any country and job preferences you may have. Talk with your recruiter about the details.


Contact Your Peace Corps Recruiter
Vicki Runion • vrunion@iu.edu
Office hours: Virtually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Email vrunion@iu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Application Deadline Due to the pandemic deadlines have been suspended. Apply NOW for January –June 2021 departures.

Consider the Prep Program
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.